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IR8 Pushes day school stakeholders to consider the essential questions and systems for making day schools effective

IR18 Pushes day school stakeholders to consider the essential questions and systems for making day schools effective

Manette Mayberg addresses almost 100 Jewish day school stakeholders at JEIC's 2018 Innovators Retreat at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland. She challenges everyone to pursue distinction in Judaic studies.

press release on JEIC's 2018 Innovators Retreat

The Innovators Retreat is an annual, intimate convening of Jewish day school provocateurs including educators, philanthropists and consumers committed to their role as change agents.

It's all about a healthy ecosystem...

At the 2018 Innovators Retreat on April 25-26, 2018 at the Gaylord National Harbor in Maryland, participants engaged in robust discussions and critical thinking that revealed participants' own, concrete understanding of the theory of change in schools.  Under the theme "Connecting the Dots," day school stakeholders including Educators, Funders and Board Members, Parents, Students, and Influencers discussed key questions including: 

Arnee Winshall of Hebrew at the Center shares with JEIC's 2018 Innovators Retreat attendees the guiding principles and values that led to the creation of JCDS in Boston more than two decades ago.
  • What are the perspectives of each of the Jewish Day School stakeholders?
  • How do we begin to understand each other’s viewpoints so that we can have our schools function increasingly well?
  • How do the stakeholders feel and perform as they go from out-of-sync to in-sync and how does a Head of School create this ordered alignment?
  • What is the life force of each component/stakeholder and how can we best use each life force to synergize the others?

Attendees also participated in structured critique sessions designed to enhance innovative Jewish education models presented by four JEIC School Challenge Grant recipients. They also helped create a blueprint for effective Jewish day schools and lend their voices and expertise in creating more productive paradigms.

Read IR18's inspiring speeches by JEIC Funders, Manette Mayberg and Arnee Winshall.


Enjoy our photo galleries from IR18's opening reception and program on Wednesday and the day-long retreat on Thursday.