Rabbi Yaakov Traiger, middle school director at the Academies of Gerrard Berman Day School in Oakland, participated in Improving Schools: The Art of Leadership, a seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Center for emerging leaders. The weeklong institute is part of a larger, year-long program to enable day school leaders to improve their schools, with special focus on their Jewish mission and vision, sponsored and facilitated by the Avi Chai Foundation.
Participants attended lectures and discussion groups led by Harvard faculty, educational consultants, and school practitioners. The program focused on the challenges facing new school leaders and developing leadership skills. In addition they attended Avi Chai sessions, facilitated by Jonathan Cannon, former head of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Md., where they could apply what they learned at Harvard to their schools’ Jewish mission.
The Avi Chai Foundation, a New York-based private foundation dedicated to promoting Jewish commitment, sponsored Rabbi Traiger and 14 other day school principals from around the country at the seminar.