what it is

YOU Lead is an eight-month leadership development program that combines the best of online and in-person learning and covers a wide breadth of topics that leaders grapple with every day.  

Together with peers, mentors, and top innovators in the day school world, participants reflect on practices and beliefs, challenge assumptions about Jewish education, and dive deeply into the defining issues of Jewish day school leadership in the 21st century. 

how does it work

The YOU Lead curriculum is designed to provide highly personalized support that promotes professional growth and addresses leaders' most pressing priorities.

On a weekly basis, YOU Leaders participate in online learning modules and have the chance to interact with a variety of leading experts in Jewish education.

On a monthly basis, participants meet with their mentors confidentially to work through their most pressing leadership challenges and questions.

On a biannual basis, YOU Leaders gather in person to focus on the practical issues that arise throughout the school year and learn from some of the biggest thought leaders in leadership and education.

A new topic and facilitator is introduced every 1-2 weeks. Topics covered during the year include:

  • change management
  • reflective leadership 
  • working with your board
  • leading your faculty, including supporting teachers’ growth
  • effective hiring
  • supervision and evaluation
  • school finance
  • Israel education
  • navigating the transition from being a teacher to becoming a school leader

who it is for

YOU Lead is designed for any leader in any Jewish day school at any stage in his or her career. By offering separate cohorts for senior, mid-level, and entry-level leaders, YOU Lead ensures that participants connect with other leaders who are confronting similar challenges. Acceptance into this program is highly competitive; typically, the program welcomes between 30 and 40 participants a year.

why we offer it

Effective leadership isn’t inherent, it is developed. Becoming an exemplary leader takes years of experience...

...experience building on successes
...experience learning from mistakes
...experience practicing self-reflection
...and experience being part of a trustworthy community with insightful colleagues and mentors.

YOU Lead offers leaders these kinds of experiences through a comprehensive curriculum designed to augment individual leadership strengths and help actualize professional aspirations.


The YOU Lead program is generously funded with a grant from The AVI CHAI Foundation. The cost to each participant is $4,000 plus travel.

how to get started

Click here to apply.
Questions? Contact Shelly Sadon, Assistant Director for Leadership Programs, for more information.

“I have gained incredible resources and materials for areas in which I knew I needed help, i.e., curriculum and student support. I gained a great group of colleagues and friends, whom I feel very comfortable reaching out to. I gained mentors from Prizmah head staff and my cohort leaders. Lastly, I became linked with professionals who have similar goals and mindsets as myself.”