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  • From the CEO: Joining

    Paul Bernstein
    2017-08-15

    We have been delighted as we prepare for the start of the school year to welcome many schools as members of Prizmah. Our goal is to maximize participation among schools as members.  As we reach out to achieve this, I have been reflecting on what it actually means to join something or to sign up […]

  • From Our CEO: On Reflection

    Paul Bernstein
    2017-07-13

    When Prizmah’s founders considered names for our now year-old start-up, they made sure, like any parent, that the name would embody characteristics they would like to see the organization grow to represent.  A prism has many attributes, and the name lends itself to metaphors about vision, light, and diversity of color, among others.  We mostly […]

  • Prizmah Reshet Update

    Admin
    2017-07-13

    From Reshet Prizmah For many schools, the most rewarding benefit of Prizmah membership is access to Prizmah’s more than 20 Reshet networking groups. By connecting to our forums, you will gain access to the wisdom, expertise, and support of thousands of Jewish day school colleagues. Discuss opportunities for growth, celebrate successes, and brainstorm solutions to challenging scenarios common among day […]

  • Will The Roller Coaster Ever Stop?

    Admin
    2017-06-26

    By Jill Kessler You’ve checked your schedule from home and know your day is jam-packed.  Back to back meetings and a coffee with parents give you scant time to accomplish much else.  You pull into your parking spot and as you are getting out of your car, one of your teacher’s approaches you upset about […]

  • What You Can Do When Stressed?

    Admin
    2017-06-26

    By Jill Kessler In my last blog post I described a true scenario that caused a great deal of stress.  Some days in the headship are harder than others.  I remember a statement one of the facilitators said when working with the group I was in at The Art of Leadership, at The Principals’ Center […]

  • Authentic Leadership

    Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
    2017-06-14

    Our work at Prizmah connects us to leaders from all kinds of schools across North America. We know that our schools have a lot in common, and we also know that each school is unique and special for its students, teachers, and families. When we are asked, “What makes a great Head of School?” the […]

  • There is a Price to Pay for Having a Price to Pay: Where Should Innovation Live in the Jewish Day School Ecosystem?

    Jon Mitzmacher
    2017-04-21

    When you live your life by the school calendar – as I have only ever done – you know that we are in the season for closings and openings.  The period of the omer in many Jewish day schools is not simply the counting up from Passover to Shavuot; it is often the mad rush to do […]

  • The Heroic Article

    Elliott Rabin
    2017-04-07

    In his classic study The Hero with a Thousand Faces from the mid-20th Century, Joseph Campbell describes patterns of behavior and character that are found among heroes of all cultures around the world. Here is his summary of the “monomyth,” the universal story, of the human hero: A hero ventures forth from the world of […]

  • You Are the Future: A Yom HaShoah Insight on Day School Investment

    Jim Blankstein
    2017-03-10

    (Original publish date, April 23rd, 2012) The other day I spent $100,000 (ok, so I spend it over the last nine years on tuition) for my son to learn four words. And I was glad to do so. Let me start at the beginning… last week was Yom Hashoah and The Rashi School, where my […]

  • Schools Are For Humans

    Shira Heller
    2017-03-09

    Well, that’s obvious! If I say schools are for humans, you may think I’m wasting my breath. Who (or what) else would school be for? But from what I’ve seen, I think it can’t be said enough. Sometimes, in an effort to build an institution, to articulate a value proposition, maintain standards, ensure a rigorous […]

  • The Hardest Conversation: Dismissing Faculty and Staff

    Maccabbee Avishur
    2017-02-27

    I remember still a challenging situation from over a decade ago. On my staff was a veteran faculty member who had been teaching at the school longer than either the Head of School or I, as Director of Judaics, had been involved in education—combined! But her effectiveness in the classroom had declined significantly, and she […]

  • Using Design Thinking to Create the #Prizmah17 Playground

    Andrea Hernandez
    2017-02-17

    In planning the #Prizmah17 Playground we started, basically, from scratch. We knew the playground would be the “innovation space,” but what exactly did that mean? We had the good fortune to be able to partner with educational design team Wonder By Design in order to think through our ideas as well as to turn those ideas into reality. Image […]