Prizmah and DSLTI present: New Heads Initiative

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Prizmah and DSLTI present: New Heads Initiative

Prizmah and Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI) are thrilled to partner on a multidimensional year-long cohort experience for new heads of school in the Jewish day school field, and programming for experienced heads of school who are new to their school communities. Research shows that heads of school experience deeper professional fulfillment and are equipped to be more effective in their roles when they engage in successful onboarding into their school and position, have greater alignment with their board leadership, and experience a strong sense of community.

Components of this year long experience will include the following engagement opportunities:

  • New Heads Cohort: Monthly facilitated cohort meeting for heads that are new to the headship in order to build strong connections, discuss dilemmas of practice in real time, and navigate the particulars of transition within a supportive cohort. Register here.
  • Experienced Heads, New Schools: Regular facilitated cohort meetings for heads of school that are new to their school community that focus on topic-specific areas of need and build connections between colleagues. Register here.
  • Topic-specific workshops throughout the year facilitated by heads of school from across the United States and Canada that serve to connect new heads of school with relevant resources and leaders in the Jewish day school community.
  • In-person meet-up at Prizmah Conference 2023 in Denver: All heads of school and lay leaders are encouraged to attend the Prizmah Conference.
  • Resources for heads of school and their board chairs that aim to strengthen alignment and communication.

Registration

Participation in the 2022-2023 Prizmah-DSLTI heads of school cohort is $360. To register for the Prizmah-DSLTI New Heads Cohort or Experienced Heads, New Schools Cohort, please fill out this form. For more information, please contact Ilisa Cappell, Senior Vice President, Engagement, at ilisac@prizmah.org.

 

Facilitators

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Ilisa Cappell
Ilisa Cappell

Ilisa believes that inspired, informed, and supported Jewish day school leaders are the key to healthy schools. At Prizmah, she directs YOU Lead, Prizmah’s signature leadership development program, and works to help sustain and advance Jewish day school leadership through coaching as the Senior Vice President, Engagement. Ilisa is a former head of school, an alumna of Cohort 4 of DSLTI (Day School Leadership Training Institute), and a sought after leadership coach with over 18 years of experience in Jewish education. She is a graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University and holds a master’s in Jewish education from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Ilisa earned her certificate of nonprofit board consulting from BoardSource and consults regularly with schools on governance. She is also certified in The Leadership Circle Profile™. She earned a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University, and she is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

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Jane Taubenfeld Cohen
Jane Taubenfeld Cohen

Jane is a leadership coach who works primarily with leaders in Jewish day schools to leverage their unique talents and skills. Whether working with heads of school, board chairs, principals, or teachers, Jane believes that each successful leader has his or her own authentic style that is often tied to the culture and beauty of the school. Leadership to Jane involves commitment to reflective practice, focus on values, care and nurturing of a strong team, and clear sense of vision. Previously, Jane was the executive director at YU School Partnership, and before that, she served as head of school at the South Area Solomon Schechter outside Boston for 22 years. Jane is a mentor and senior faculty member of YOU Lead, and the senior mentor for the Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI).

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Dr. Ray Levi
Dr. Ray Levi

Dr. Levi stepped into the role of director of the Day School Leadership Training Institute  (DSLTI) in 2014 after being a mentor with the program since its launch in 1998. His coaching with heads of school and divisional directors has been with schools serving a broad cross-section of the Jewish community and frequently focuses on building strong, strategic partnerships with board chairs and leadership teams. Dr. Levi also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Davidson School teaching Organizational and School Leadership. Previously, Dr. Levi served as head of school at the Amos and Celia Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School in Minnesota and the Agnon School (currently the Mandel Jewish Day School in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Levi holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Case Western Reserve University, an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and an A.B. in Sociology from Oberlin College. He also studied Jewish education at the Melton Centre of Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

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Cheryl Maayan
Cheryl Maayan

Cheryl is the Senior Program and Outreach Consultant and a mentor for DSLTI. She is retiring from Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School in St. Louis, where she served as head for 14 years and taught for seven years. B.A. Jewish and Near Eastern Studies – Washington University; M.A. Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion; Recipient of Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, Stuart I. Raskas; Outstanding Day School Teacher Award, JProSTL Visionary Award and Fred A. Goldstein Award for Professional Excellence. 

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Gavi Elkind
Gavi Elkind

Gavi has spent a decade of her career working for the vitality of Jewish day schools. She is thrilled to support the growth and development of day school leaders as Director of Leadership Development at Prizmah. She is a proud Jewish day school alumna, and a graduate of the DeLeT (Day School Leadership Through Teaching) program at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Prizmah, Gavi worked in enrollment management, fundraising, and community engagement for Jewish day schools and nonprofit organizations in San Francisco and Boston. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Head of School and Director of Admissions at JCDS, Boston’s Jewish Community Day School.

Additional resources for heads of school

In addition to these specific cohorts, Prizmah offers regular opportunities to connect with other heads of school to share ideas and brainstorm solutions with colleagues from across the field:

Prizmah Head of Small Schools Meetup 
Prizmah Head of School Meetup

We also encourage all heads of school to join a Prizmah Reshet community, including the Heads of School Reshet.