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Educational group formed to address day-school strategies, teacher shortage

The goal? To create a pipeline of educators amid rising enrollment.

Students write feverishly at Chidon HaTanakh at Manhattan Day School. Photo by David Khabinsky.
Students write feverishly at Chidon HaTanakh at Manhattan Day School. Photo by David Khabinsky.

Seeking to address a shortfall of educators in Jewish schools, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day School and the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge established a working group to find creative proposals and solutions.

The Jewish Day School Educators Pipeline Working Group will include educational professionals and lay leadership, community organizations and other stakeholders. It is expected to provide programmatic and funding solutions within the next three years.

Jewish day-school enrollment has risen in recent years, with 65% of Jewish day schools reporting stable or increased enrollment from the 2020-21 school year to the 2022-23 school year, according to Prizmah.

That growth, spurred in part by pandemic lockdowns of public schools, comes as fewer people choose educational career paths.

“We need to ensure that our children can continue to learn from talented and committed Jewish day-school and yeshivah educators now and for generations to come,” said Marc Wolf, Prizmah’s chief program and strategy officer.

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