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Leadership Seminar for Community Hebrew High School Principals


The Legacy Heritage Fund, Ltd. is supporting a new Leadership Seminar for principals of community Hebrew high schools. We at the IJE at Brandeis University are very proud to have been selected to direct this new leadership seminar.

What is this new Leadership Seminar?

The Leadership Seminar is a one-year intensive professional development program for eight principals of community Hebrew high schools that will focus on these skill areas:

  • Enriching the Jewish program of the school;
  • Building a teen community that will attract more students to attend;
  • Communicating the value of the school to all key stakeholders;
  • Raising greater funds to support the school’s programs.

The seminar will meet in three 3-day sessions in the spring, summer and fall of 2009.

Participants will have school-related assignments between sessions and IJE faculty advisors to support them. Each participant will be asked to select a key community member to partner with them through the year and attend the third session. Participants will also be eligible to apply for a $4000 matching grant for a school enhancement project for the 2009-10 academic year.

Who should apply for this seminar?

Principals of community Hebrew high schools affiliated with NAACHHS

  • with two or more years of experience in this position who are committed to remaining with this school for the next three years;
  • who are committed to professional development and moving their schools to new heights;
  • who have a vision for what Jewish education for teens could become;
  • who will partner with community and lay leaders;
  • who will devote themselves to developing new support for their school including raising greater financial support.

Preference will be given to principals of schools with 100-300 students with a plan for growing the appeal of their school to Jewish teens.

What are the benefits of participating in the seminar?

  • Developing enhanced professional skills
  • Developing a strong network of support
  • Working closely with a community leader
  • Developing a plan for school enhancement
  • Being eligible for a $4000 school enhancement grant for 2009-2010.

All seminar participants will be eligible to apply for the $4000 school enhancement grant. That grant will be awarded to those who (1) develop an exciting, viable and measurable plan to enhance one aspect of school life related to the goals of the seminar, and (2) raise $1000 to match the outside funding.

Seminar participants may also be eligible to apply for a continuing Legacy Heritage grant for the subsequent two school years. These grants will be for more extensive school enhancement projects and will have to be matched on a one-to-one basis by the local community.

We believe this is an unprecedented professional development and school enhancement opportunity for the field of community Hebrew high schools. We are accepting applications until October 6, 2008.  Selected principals will be announced by November 10, 2008.  We are looking forward to beginning our work with principals and communities that are ready to take this leap for their school.