Head of School Retreat 2022

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Wed, 02/09/2022 - 23:59
Registration Fees:


Early Bird Pricing
November 1 - November 30

Standard Pricing
December 1 - February 6

Prizmah Network schools

$320 per person

$370 per person

Non-Network schools

$400 per person

$450 per person

Canadian Prizmah Network Schools

$240 US per person

$290 US per person

Canadian Non-Network Schools

$300 US per person

$350 US per person

The registration system will automatically determine whether or not your school has joined the Prizmah Network, and will charge the appropriate price.

The cost of participation in the Head of School Retreat is heavily subsidized in order to allow for maximal participation. During the registration process, the form will automatically calculate the appropriate price once you identify your school or organization’s name. If you have questions about whether or not your school has joined the Prizmah Network, or about the price, please send us an email.

Dr. Eli Gottlieb, Dr. Erica Brown, Nishant Mehta, Sandra Nagy
Heads of School

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Head of School Retreat 2022

After an extraordinary two years apart, come together with heads of school from across North America for three days of deep connection, powerful learning, and meaningful pause. This intentionally-designed experience will allow you to engage in hands-on and collaborative learning - taking advantage of the first opportunity to gather in-person with day school colleagues in two years. Together with your peers, you will dive into your role leading and maintaining the culture of your school, and zoom out to think about your work in a broader context.

The Head of School Retreat will give you space to strengthen and renew connections with colleagues, take a breath, and nourish your spirit with inspirational learning and meaningful conversations. With this time for rejuvenation will come opportunities for educational collaboration and innovation that will help grow your practice and enrich your school community.

We anticipate that we will be able to safely gather in person in February 2022. We will be following CDC guidelines, and will ensure that safety protocols are followed. If we are unable to welcome everyone, we will develop alternate ways to engage with colleagues.


On Monday afternoon and evening, the Head of School Retreat will overlap with the Day School Investor Summit. As two key leadership groups in the field, heads of school and day school investors share intersecting goals and needs. This unique opportunity to gather will create a space for heads, philanthropists, and community leaders to collaborate to propel Jewish day schools and yeshivas forward. The Head of School Retreat will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday after the Investor Summit ends.


Prizmah gatherings are designed by day school leaders, for day school leaders - and we intend the Head of School retreat to be reflective of your emergent needs. In order for both of those things to be true, we want you to be a part of the process. Here are two ways that you can get involved:

  • Share Your Ideas: Portions of the program will be peer-led. On the registration form, you will be able to volunteer to facilitate and propose topics for working groups and collaboratives.
  • Join the Think Tank: We are looking for a group of heads to join in the retreat design process. This group will advise the Prizmah team on the program design, and help to check our assumptions and blind spots. If you would like to build the retreat together with us, please email Daniel Infeld.


Retreat Goals and Program Overview

Affective Goals
  • Feel connected to the community of Jewish day school and yeshiva heads
  • Feel that your own professional needs are supported
  • Feel nourished, inspired, and valued for your work as a head of school
Behavioral Goals
  • Take time for yourself as a professional, and experience meaningful pause
  • Connect, learn, ideate, and iterate with colleagues from across the field
  • Be appreciated - from the Jewish community as a whole, from Prizmah, from your colleagues, and from your school community
Cognitive Goals
  • Experience high-level learning with compelling and creative faculty, oriented towards emergent needs from the field
  • Examine how you lead the creation and maintenance of your school’s culture - and how school culture expresses itself throughout your school community
  • Discover new ideas and approaches with your peers

The Head of School Retreat will begin midday on Monday, February 7, and will end midday on Wednesday, February 9. A full schedule will be available when registration opens in October.


Hotel and Travel Information

The Head of School Retreat will take place at
W Fort Lauderdale Hotel
401 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33304

Prizmah is able to offer a subsidized rate of $299 per night, plus tax, for heads of school. There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate, and they are available on a first come, first served basis until January 4, 2022. This rate is only available for rooms reserved for Monday, February 7th and Tuesday, February 8th. If you choose to extend your reservation pre- or post-event, the room rate will be higher for the nights that you extend. Hotel rooms can be reserved when you register for the retreat.

Staying at the hotel means you’ll be able to make the most of your time and focus on making connections with fellow participants — early in the morning, late at night, and throughout the full retreat.

The W Fort Lauderdale hotel is located 15-20 minutes by car from Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Retreat start and end?

We’re still designing the retreat schedule, but you can expect that we’ll begin early afternoon on Monday, February 7, and end with lunch on Wednesday, February 9. More details will be available Fall 2021.

When will registration open?

You will be able to register for the Head of School Retreat in late October 2021. Fill out this form if you’d like to be notified when registration opens.

Who will be there?

Heads of school from Jewish day schools and yeshivas across North America will gather for the Head of School Retreat. On Monday afternoon and evening, heads will also have the opportunity to collaborate and learn with day school philanthropists, board members, and community leaders who are participating in the Prizmah Investor Summit. We’ll post a participant list when the retreat gets closer.

What COVID precautions will be in place?

Prizmah prioritizes the health and safety of our community. We continue to closely monitor CDC and local health authority guidance for gatherings and will follow those guidelines. Detailed information about these guidelines will be shared in advance of the gathering. W Fort Lauderdale is part of Marriott International’s family of brands and has implemented a multi-pronged approach to meet the health and safety requirements of Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” standards.

What will we eat?

Your registration fee includes dinner on Monday; breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Tuesday, and breakfast and lunch to go on Wednesday along with snacks and beverages throughout the retreat. Meals and snacks will be strictly kosher. Details about the kosher supervisor will be shared once the caterer is confirmed. All meat will be glatt. Cholov Yisroel and Pas Yisroel (dairy and bread with additional supervision) products will be available upon request. 

We make every effort to meet your dietary needs. All meals will include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices. Prizmah cannot guarantee the absence of gluten or allergens from any food; however, we are happy to connect you to our catering staff on-site who will be glad to help you find nourishing choices.

Will there be opportunities for Tefilah?

At Prizmah, we strive to create spaces for a wide variety of practices and work hard to create warm and spirited davening experiences. There will be daily Shacharit, Mincha, and Ma’ariv services with options to meet your needs.


When will more information about the program be available?

We will post a draft of the full schedule when registration opens in October 2021, and plan on sharing updates throughout the summer and fall.

Head of School Retreat Faculty

Dr. Erica

Erica is the director of the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership and an associate professor of curriculum and pedagogy at The George Washington University. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. She is the author of twelve books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality; her newest book is The Book of Esther: Power, Fate and Fragility in Exile (Koren). She has been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Tablet, First Things, and The Jewish Review of Books and wrote a monthly column for the New York Jewish Week. She has blogged for Psychology Today, Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and JTA and tweeted on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown. She has a daily podcast, “Take Your Soul to Work.”

Dr. Eli Gottlieb
Dr. Eli

Eli is a cognitive psychologist and executive coach. He directed the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem for over a decade and has served as a visiting professor at several universities in the US, including Stanford and Harvard. His research focuses on how people form identities, create culture and adapt to social change. He lives in Israel, grew up in London, and holds degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from Cambridge and a doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Nishant is Managing Director & Independent Schools Practice Leader at Storbeck Search. Prior to joining Storbeck, Nishant served as Head of The Children’s School (TCS), an independent JK-8 school in Atlanta that was lauded in 2017 as a “model to follow” for innovation by NAIS’s Independent School magazine. In addition to his leadership of TCS, Nishant has twice co-chaired the NAIS People of Color Conference, served on the faculty of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference and the Diversity Leadership Institute, authored articles for NAIS publications, served on the NAIS and the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) boards; led workshops on topics such as equity and inclusion and governance and school leadership at national and regional conferences, and was the founder of The Children’s School’s Master Class in Inclusive Leadership, a summer leadership opportunity designed specifically for women and people of color. Since 2018 Nishant has served each summer as a faculty mentor of the NAIS Institute for New Heads, where he coaches new heads of school.


Sandra empowers educators to prepare students for the future. As the Director of Learning at Future Design School, Sandra has dedicated her career to innovation in learning. She has been a driving force in effecting technology-enabled youth programming across North America, and has been featured as a thought-leader in renowned publications including Entrepreneur Magazine. With over two decades of expertise, Sandra has designed, developed and delivered hundreds of learning opportunities to thousands of employees and educators, enabling students to develop critical competencies that help them tackle real-world problems, create innovative solutions and change the world. Prior to her current role, Sandra delivered exceptional results at educational organizations including Pearson Education, The Learning Partnership and Accenture. She has a Master’s in Education from Harvard University, focused on Technology in Education, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce focused on Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship from McGill University.