Request for Proposals: Jewish Day School Research

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Want Data to Inform Your Decisions?

Are you interested in learning about practices of other Jewish day schools or in conducting a survey to a constituent in your community such as parents or staff? This is your opportunity to have your pressing questions about Jewish day schools answered.

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Thanks to the generosity of the Nachshon Project Graduate Student Fellowship, Prizmah is now accepting proposals to conduct - fully funded - focused research for the field of Jewish day schools and yeshivas. Working through the Prizmah Knowledge Center, a team of graduate student fellows being trained as emerging leaders in the Jewish world will develop, field, analyze and submit a report to school and/or field leaders on issues that are important to you.

Prizmah values the importance of data and supporting you and your school community in making data driven decisions. Through our Knowledge Center, Prizmah works to create a strategic and systematic approach to data collection for the field of Jewish day schools to inform, inspire, and empower each individual school and community.

Dream big and imagine an opportunity to learn something about your school, community, or the field at large.

 

Project Details

We are seeking proposals focused on:

  • data collection from a constituent group in your community, or
  • data collection from other Jewish day schools.

Your proposal can focus on any area of school functioning, including the following (this is not an exhaustive list; if your idea is not included here, please still submit it):

  • Admissions
  • Development
  • Teaching and learning
  • Professional development
  • Curriculum
  • Judaic studies
  • Secular studies
  • Israel
  • Pedagogy
  • Staff satisfaction survey
  • Parent satisfaction survey

With support from the Prizmah Knowledge Center team, a cohort of Nachshon Project Graduate Student Fellows will design, field, analyze and develop a report of the findings.

About Prizmah & the Nachshon Project Fellowship

Prizmah: Center for Jewish day schools partner’s with day schools, yeshivas, philanthropists, and communities from all denominations, helping them grow their reach and impact and tackle the challenges on their paths to success. Prizmah is  the network for Jewish day schools and yeshivas, enhancing their ability to excel and thrive, by deepening talent, catalyzing resources, and accelerating educational innovation. 
Prizmah values the importance of data and supporting you and your school community in making data driven decisions. Prizmah’s Knowledge Center works to create a strategic and systematic approach to data collection for the field of Jewish day schools to inform, inspire, and empower each individual school and community.

The Nachshon Project Fellowship helps Jewish students become the Jewish leaders of tomorrow by providing undergraduate and graduate students with career exploration, Jewish learning, Israel engagement and peer networking.

As part of the Fellows’ hands-on learning experience preparing them for careers in the Jewish sector, Prizmah has developed a semester of study and training for the graduate school students in the importance of data driven decisions in Jewish leadership. After a deep dive through a multi-day conference, the Nachshon Graduate Student Fellows will be deployed across North America to conduct research. The Fellows will be heavily involved in running the research projects overseen by Odelia Epstein, Director of the Prizmah Knowledge Center.

Project Timeline

  • Proposals due Friday, December 3, 2021
  • Acceptances informed by Friday, December 17, 2022
  • Initial Research Meetings begin Thursday, January 6, 2022
  • Reporting and project completion by Friday, May 27, 2022

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a professional at a Jewish day school or Yeshiva in the U.S or Canada or work in an organization, Federation or BJE advancing the field of Jewish day schools and yeshivas.
  • Proposals must have signed approval from an administrator/school leadership or the leadership of participating organizations.
  • Applicants must agree to have capacity to meet with Nachshon Project fellows estimated 5-10 hours as needed for survey design, analysis and reporting. 

To Apply

  • Submit your proposal with the link below.
  • Deadline for submission: Friday, December 3, 2021
  • Preview the full set of questions on the RFP form

If you have any questions about your proposal or the process please contact Odelia Epstein, Director of the Prizmah Knowledge Center at odeliae@prizmah.org.