Summer 2015


About This Issue
HaYidion Excellence Summer 2015

"Excellence" is a goal to which many, if not all, day schools subscribe. This issue provides perspectives on this elusive term, offering diverse notions of what day school excellence means and looks like, and suggesting pathways and structures for schools to achieve excellence. Each school must define what excellence means for its community and how excellence relates to the other values in the school's mission.

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Articles From This Issue

  • Excellent Questions for Excellent Schools
    Amy L. Sales
  • Equal Opportunity Excellence: Enrichment Education for All
    Sharon Marson
  • Seven Lessons in Pursuit of Board Excellence
    Orlee Turitz
  • Why Fix What Ain’t Broke? Striving for Excellence in Hebrew Education
    Tal Grinfas-David, Idit BenDavid, and Liat Kadosh
  • From the Editor: Surprising Insights Into Excellence
    Barbara Davis, Executive Editor
  • Cultivating Pedagogic Excellence in Teachers
    Nina Bruder, Fayge Safran Novogroder
    Amy Golubtchik Ament, Yael Adler Bailey
  • From the Board: Excellent Leadership as Co-leadership
    Rebekah Farber
  • Badges of Excellence in Professional Development
    Sarah Blattner and Samuel Abramovich
  • Dear Cooki: Recognizing Teacher Excellence
    Cooki Levy
  • Taking Creativity Seriously
    Tikvah Wiener
  • Taking Control: Defining Academic Excellence
    Barbara Gereboff
  • Seeking Excellence: Partnering with Universities
    Lynn Raviv, Director of Development, NE Miles Jewish Day School, Birmingham, AL
  • Significance, Not Just Excellence
    Lee Buckman
  • When Academic Excellence Isn’t Enough
    Jane Martin, Director of Marketing and Communications, Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Overland Park, KS
  • When We Strive for Excellence, What Do We Lose?
    Dr. Rona Novick
  • Broadcasting Excellence
    Alan Rusonik, Head of School, Jewish Academy of Orlando
  • The Excellence of the Jewish People: Past, Present and Future
    Interview with Gidi Grinstein
  • The Shalom Room
    Mary Grace Lentz, Kindergarten Teacher and Student Support Specialist, Seattle Jewish Community School
  • Scaling Up Excellence in Jewish Day Schools
    Samantha Pack and Y. Boruch Sufrin
  • How to Define and Measure Outstanding Teaching
    Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, Head of School, Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville, MD
  • The Qualities of Excellence in Leadership
    Or Mars and Jay Henry Moses
  • Student Leadership and Advocacy for Israel
    Dr. Laurence Kutler, Head of School, Herzliah, Montreal
  • The New Excellence Through Online Learning
    Eli Kannai
  • Creating Cultures of Excellence
    Questions for Seth Cohen
  • Building Schoolwide Innovation: Two Critical Planes
    Grant Lichtman