2015 North American Jewish Day School Conference to Convene in Philadelphia, March 8-10

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North American Jewish Day School Conference Opens in Philadelphia with Theme: Uncommon Connections

More than 1,000 Jewish day school professionals from over 400 schools across the U.S. and Canada are set to gather March 8-10 in Philadelphia for the 2015 North American Jewish Day School Conference (NAJDSC). This year’s conference theme, Uncommon Connections, focuses on exploring systems intelligence—an approach that considers the entire school community, with its many different roles, to help the system run smarter and more effectively.

NAJDSC will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, in the heart of the city. PEJE is proud to partner with four esteemed Jewish educational organizations in designing and hosting the conference: Pardes: Day Schools of Reform Judaism, the Schechter Day School Network, RAVSAK, and the YU School Partnership.

The conference’s keynote speakers include some of the top thinkers and leaders in organizational success, leadership, and Jewish education. They include:

Dr. William Isaac, founder and President of Dialogos, a leadership consulting and strategy development firm.
Rabbi David Lapin, author of Lead By Greatness and a respected voice in Jewish education for the past 30 years.
Ashira Lapin-Gobrin, Senior Vice President at Vision Critical, a global software company.
Bruria Lapin-Martin, executive leadership coach with experience in education spanning many countries: South Africa, the US, Eastern Europe, Germany and Israel.
Grant Lichtman, author of #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School.

Conference sessions include “Leading Systems Transformation,” “Empowering People for Successful Leadership and Transitions,” and “Developing 21st Century Learning and Teaching Skills Through Online Courses.”

One of the many notable aspects of the conference is that for the first time ever, the conference learning experience will extend beyond the walls of the hotel with educational excursions. These excursions will allow participants to visit the Science Leadership Academy, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies.

As befits the theme of Uncommon Connections, conference sessions and plenaries have been constructed to benefit a wide array of professionals and lay people involved in making their local day schools successful—from Heads of School to development directors to network staff to involved volunteers.

PEJE thanks NAJDSC’s sponsors, the Kohelet Foundation and Delet: Day School Leadership Through Teaching.
For more information, a full schedule, and registration information, see http://www.jewishdayschoolconference.org.

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