Head of School Professional Excellence Project by RAVSAK

Head of School Professional Excellence Project

"Without the PEP program, I would be flailing around and missing opportunities for leadership and meeting with much less success. I don’t know what I would do without this program." -Fellow


The Head of School Professional Excellence Project (PEP) strengthens new day school directors while preserving valuable knowledge and experience from recognized leaders in the field.

The PEP program matches highly successful and experienced Jewish day school leaders (called Deans) with newly minted, wonderfully talented and highly motivated Jewish day school heads (called Fellows) for a year of one-on-one coaching and mentoring. The PEP program has the dual outcomes of preserving for the field the accumulated wisdom of some of the greatest Jewish educational leaders and of empowering, strengthening, and enriching the next generation of outstanding leaders.

Program Goals:

•    Help the HOS master the culture and behaviors of excellent leadership specific to a Jewish day school setting;
•    Improve the lay leader/professional leader divide that troubles many schools by creating a spirit of collaboration and common goals;
•    Help the HOS lead in a Jewish way by assisting him or her to craft a model of Jewish leadership most germane to the school community;
•    Diminish the sense of isolation that can be part of the HOS experience.

Learn more about the Deans and Fellows involved in the Head of School Professional Excellence Project.

See an article from two of our Deans in eJewishPhilanthropy.


The program is underwritten through generous funding of the AVI CHAI Foundation, the Ben and Esther Rosenbloom Foundation and an anonymous donor.


For more information or to sign up, please contact Cooki Levy, Project Director.




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