There is abundant empirical and documented evidence that we need more highly competent Jewish educators in both Judaics and Judaic-specific pedagogy for our day and supplemental schools. To this point in time, the Jewish community has not created a comprehensive, longitudinal and institutionalized structure for recruiting, developing and retaining Jewish educators. However, there is an obvious and elegant solution to this challenge: the implementation of an eight stage career development ladder for students and teachers in our Jewish day schools. This developmental ladder would begin in kindergarten, continue through middle and high school, extend through college and graduate school, and be fully implemented in our Jewish day schools.
Jewish day schools educate students about Jewish life, instill in them Jewish values and ethics, teach the history and literature of the Jewish people, and foster a greater connection with Judaism and Israel. In order to accomplish these goals, schools focus on student learning and engagement, provide nurturing and adaptable educational environments, and support a diverse range of student needs and interests.
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