This past week, ten principals of Jewish schools from across the U.S. and including one from Canada, all gathered in Brooklyn to take part in the Menachem Education Foundation’s Principal Leadership Program.
The CrownHeights.info site carried this story about the Leadership Program:
“For the very first time, a group of Yeshiva principals are being formally trained to become more effective leaders by world class trainers and coaches,” comments participant Rabbi Avrohom Bergstein, principal of Cheder Lubavitch in Morristown, NJ. “While much professional development has been available in the past, this course imparts both the rationale behind and the practice of expertly efficient mechanisms that propel a school to succeed through the development of its leader.”
The Menachem Education Foundation developed the Principal Leadership Program to give Jewish school principals “tools to become brilliant leaders who will inspire and transform generations of students, parents and teachers,” says executive director of the Menachem Education Foundation, Rabbi Zalman Shneur. The program, with its interactive methods of group exercises and discussions, “will create a new standard in Jewish educational leadership,” he predicts.
With a driving focus on a more globally diverse culture, especially in NYC where so many religions, cultures and peoples intermingle on a daily basis, the need to increase the standards of culture education is clear.
As growing focus is being placed on improving American education both nationally and locally, “Now is our moment,” Shneur says, “to utilize the opportunity… to work with the Jewish community to provide the best possible education for our children.”
The Foundation’s programs focus on workforce and professional development within the Jewish education system by providing training and placement for those aspiring to become teachers and educational leaders.