Study Finds Advantages for Students in Faith-Based Schools

Religious schools have higher academic performance, meta-analysisnarrower achievement gaps, and better behavioral outcomes than traditional public schools and public charter schools, according to findings from a meta-analysis of 90 studies on the effects of schools conducted by William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, NJ, and a professor at California State University, Long Beach.

Jeynes calls religious schools “the best hope for American education” and says the nation should “rethink its strategy of espousing charter schools and overlooking the benefits of faith-based education.”

Find out more in the May issue of Outlook.

SDSN Executive Summary for NAJDSC

The 43 schools in 17 states and two Canadian provinces that comprise the Schechter Day School Network (SDSN) share a rich history, core commitments, and key attributes that are central to the Network, its members, and the Jewish people.  Below is a brief summary of key sections of the nearly completed SDSN strategic plan.  We thank Schechter school leaders for your input and feedback throughout the process.

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NAJDSC Vendor Marketplace

“The vendors at the Jewish Day School Conference made a significant investment to attend the conference and display their products in the Marketplace. Please consider giving them business from your school for services and materials that you will be ordering. Click on the link to this page on the conference website, to see the listing of the 50 vendors who were on-site in Washington and who are eager to engage with you about your school’s needs.”

Marketplace Vendors

An Open Letter on Gun Legislation

An open letter to the President and Members of Congress:
December 20, 2012

We, the undersigned, are rabbis, educators and community leaders at Jewish day schools across the United States. Collectively, we are connected to 30 schools, enrolling more than 7,500 students.

We are moved to write to you by the heartbreaking tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday. As far as we know, that tragedy was the work of a deranged young man whose sickness blinded him to the moral and ethical implications of his actions. But whatever his motives, the killer’s rampage was only possible because we as a society have made it so easy for people like him to obtain military-style guns and ammunition legally, cheaply and easily.

Many commentators have called this a political failure, which it may be, but we believe it is, first and foremost, a moral failure. The Torah teaches us that when we live in a community, we must actively work to prevent harm to others. Deuteronomy 22:8 tells us that if we build a new house, we must build a railing on the roof, lest someone fall off and get hurt – literally, “so that you will not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone should fall from it.” The Talmud extends this notion to other dangerous things within our control, such as violent dogs, which must be kept on a chain lest they hurt someone (Bava Kamma 15b, 79b; Choshen Mishpat 409:3). Guns are no exception; indeed, the Talmud tells us that we must make every effort to ensure that we do not put dangerous weapons into the hands of would-be criminals (Avodah Zarah 15b). Continue reading »

Heidi Hayes Jacobs to lead Curriculum 21 Session

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

The Schechter Day School Network is delighted that Heidi Hayes Jacobs will be leading our network-specific session on Monday, February 4th, 2013 at the North American Jewish Day School Conference. We believe that Curriculum 21 is a “signature pedagogy” that aligns with the approach to teaching and learning in Schechter schools.

Those of you who attended last year’s EDJEWCON conference at the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, Florida last April were very excited to learn how Curriculum 21 can be incorporated into your school. At the upcoming day school conference whose overall theme is “Learning to Lead/ Leading to Learn”, acquire the knowledge, skills and advocacy to lead this change in your school.