Representatives of 35 North American Orthodox day schools met in Boca Raton, Fla., earlier this month as part of the first Executive Directors Conference. The group came together to discuss best practices and share innovative ways to tackle challenges. The conference was organized by the Torah Educators Network, a newly formed organization that serves Jewish educators nationally in ways that their schools cannot do independently.

Among the local schools represented were Ben Porat Yosef, Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls, Moriah School, Torah Academy of Bergen County, Yeshivat He’Atid, and Yeshivat Noam,  Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, and Yeshiva University high schools.

The conference also featured a session focusing on school safety and security. Thanks to the efforts of the Orthodox Union’s Advocacy Center, a conference sponsor, schools have been receiving more federal and state funds to enhance their security.

“The program was full and productive and there were so many great takeaways,” Erik Kessler, executive director of the Moriah School in Englewood, said. “It was so useful to be together and make so many new contacts.”