The Jewish Day School Collaborative is a forward-thinking initiative capitalizing on schools’ passions and priorities to innovate Jewish Day school education. Commonly used in the for-profit environment, the process relies on collaboration between schools in order to increase the quality and impact of the work. With the help of a project manager to oversee timelines and project outcomes, the schools involved in the Collaborative work on goals that they have self-identified. Current projects include innovating curriculum, improving pedagogy and raising the level of student engagement. Collaboratively, schools share ideas, work samples, challenges and successes while working towards a clear, focused goal.
What sets the Collaborative apart?
Simply – YOU. Your initiatives, your priorities, your goals are the catalyst for the projects that are created. From your vision, like-minded schools are brought together, professional development is identified and clear, focused goals and timelines are created. With a project manager for support, the focus of your work is on school improvement and giving the best possible learning experience to every student while learning and collaborating with educators who have similar priorities.
The Collaborative has given us the time and resources to begin thinking through how we teach reading fluency in our school and the tools and support to begin assessing our children more frequently, with a deeper sense of our goals. The suggestions made by the other schools have been influential in helping us determine which children need greater remediation, what to expect from each child and how to further direct growth. We have already begun to see growth in our children’s reading fluency and look forward to continuing to hone and refine the program that we started this past year.