Inside Jewish Day Schools Conference

Call for papers:

Following the conference, we are gathering essays for a forthcoming volume, Inside Jewish Day Schools. We seek scholarly papers, grounded in empirical investigations in contemporary Jewish day schools, and from a variety of disciplines and perspectives, that are written for audiences that include scholars and practitioners of Jewish education. Successful proposals will highlight a clear research question and identify the type of data and the setting from which they were gathered, with a sense of a preliminary finding or argument.

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April 30 - May 1, 2018
Hassenfeld Conference Center
Brandeis University

Watch: Yavilah McCoy on centering issues of race in Jewish day schools.


Seventy educators, administrators, and scholars gathered together for discussion about the purposes of day school education, the aspirations of its practitioners, and the knowledge, skills, and behaviors of its students and alumni, in order to generate a broader conversation about teaching and learning in day schools.

We began with an exploration of the “grammar” of Jewish day schools: the structures, formats, assessment tools, subjects, and other elements of school life that are so deeply embedded that it’s difficult to look at them with fresh and critical eyes. The conference continued with other topics that are sometimes invisible in school life, and that need to be held up and examined: race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and class and economic justice, as well as the effect on students’ emotional health of a competitive, high-stakes academic environment.

In the second part of the conference, we turned to the work of scholars and practitioners who are taking “deep dives” into specific areas of inquiry, such as the teaching and learning of specific subjects, e.g., Hebrew, rabbinic literature, and Israel; teaching and learning more broadly; teacher preparation; assessment; and school culture.

In the coming months, we hope to publish a selection of papers either in a volume or a special issue of a journal in our field, in order to share some of the ideas generated at the conference with a broader audience.