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Prizmah staff are excited to begin another school year supporting all areas of your school. Here are a few ideas to share from our team to yours.

  • Get to know each student deeply and help teachers see themselves as learners. Envision what you want to be true about your school and intentionally work to get there. (Jane Taubenfeld Cohen, Dean, Prizmah Leadership Academy)
  • SMILE! Your presence and the way you connect makes an impression that will last forever. (Elissa Maier, Chief Operating Officer)
  • Set achievable goals and write them down. Celebrate when you reach them! (Shira Heller, Director, Teaching and Learning)
  • Block off time in your calendar for self-care.  Increase your capacity to serve others by making sure you take care of yourself. (Ilisa Cappell, Senior Director, Leadership Academy)
  • Never forget that you are making a difference in a family’s life. (Amy Wasser, Director of School Advocacy, Community Day School Advocate)
  • Invest in Post-It Super Sticky Full Adhesive Notes. (Michelle Zeltser, Executive Assistant to CEO)
  • Find a colleague who challenges your thinking, and set up regular times to learn together. (Debra Shaffer Seeman, Network Weaver)
  • Set your board calendar for the year. (Maccabee Avishur, Senior Director, Prizmah Services)
  • Call every parent in your class within the first two weeks of school, and mention something that you learned about their child. (Shira Loewenstein, Director of Leadership Development)
  • Carry around a notebook to record student observations. (Yael Steiner, Program Manager)
  • No need to go overboard on the classroom decorations… let the room be a blank canvas that you and your students will create together. (Andrea Hernandez, Associate Director, Teaching and Learning)
  • Encourage all students to ask questions and contribute from the get-go. (Elliott Rabin, Project and Content Development Director)
  • Use hand sanitizer! (Matt Williams, Director of Research, Data, and Knowledge Management )
  • Try to have a positive interaction with a parent every day. (Elana Alfred, Associate Director, Atidenu)
  • Smile, breathe, and have fun! (Melanie Eisen, Associate Director, Professional Development)
  • Get all of your pens, pencils, and fun writing utensils ready with your tablet/computer. (Alisha Goodman, Operations Director)
  • If your school sends you an email to buy all your school supplies in an automated fashion—you should use it! (Odelia Epstein, Associate Director, Business Development)
  • Make sure all students have a chance to shine in work posted around the room. (Robin Feldman, Membership and Events Director)
  • Teachers: your students will notice everything about you the first week of school: clothes, shoes, smile, even smell. The image you project that first week will be a lasting image. (I still remember Mrs. Perlin’s perfume from 2nd grade). (Helen London, Program Director, Governance and Fundraising Academy and Generations)
  • Take a deep breath. Beginnings are always hard on parents and children, and things will sort themselves out. (Dan Perla, Director, Financial Vitality)
  • Have a closed “ambassador” Facebook page that invites new parents to join the parent group. It is a great way to get ambassadors and families connected, and it encourages conversations. It creates a place to ask questions, provide reminders of events and daily activities, and share other topics and information families need to know.  The goal is to make connections, build relationships, and strengthen school culture. (Adele Yermack, Atidenu Program Director)
  • Set your timer for ten minutes a day of complete silence and solitude. This will help ensure that your students, colleagues, and family are getting the best of you and not the rest of you. (Donna Von Samek, Creative Director)