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Frequently Asked Questions

JNTP partners with Jewish day schools across the entirety of the Jewish community, working with schools of all denominations, geographic regions, socio-economic status and sizes. The only criteria are that the school be prepared to invest the time, financial resources, and commitment to participate fully in the program.

JNTP’s Teacher Induction program is meant to support beginning teachers, so we accept those in their first year or two as a head or co-head classroom teacher. More experienced teachers will be considered on a case-by-case basis. New teachers should be open to learning and professional growth. They should be collaborative, reflective, open to feedback, open-minded and able to develop and maintain a trusting relationship.

School administrators will select excellent, reflective teachers in their schools with at least five years of head teaching experience to be trained as mentors. Like their new teachers, mentors should be open to learning and professional growth. They should be regarded by colleagues as outstanding teachers, be willing to share expertise, have working knowledge of latest pedagogical practices and understand the mission, policies and procedures of their school. Most of all, they should be good listeners who can provide both emotional support and professional guidance.

Mentors who have completed JNTP’s 2-year core mentor training may opt to continue to hone their mentoring skills in our Advanced Mentoring Program. There is no limit to how many years a “Veteran Mentor” can continue in this program. The content of the professional learning sessions are custom designed every year.

We work with novice administrators who are in their roles for 0-3 years and have new supervisory responsibilities. Titles of administrators have included Principal, Menahel, Assistant Principal, Department Head, Director, Instructional Leader, Coordinator, and more.

For the Teacher Induction program, the cost varies based on the number of participants and date of enrollment. For the Administrator Support program, different program models incur different costs. Please complete the following form at contact us and someone from JNTP will be in touch to discuss your needs

Our participants have seen improvements in their classrooms and in overall school culture. In addition, our approach is based on New Teacher Center’s work, which has measured impact on student learning and achievement in public schools. Please see our Impact page for more details.

JNTP is a self-funded division of New Teacher Center. We adapt NTC’s proven approaches, innovation and best practices in public school education for Jewish day schools. Read more here 

JNTP is supported by a mix of earned revenue from schools and philanthropic support from individuals, philanthropic organizations and Jewish communal organizations. Click here to see a list of JNTP’s generous supporters. 

Teachers and school leaders are proven to be the two most important in-school factors that impact student learning. Supporting teachers and administrators at the start of their careers sets them firmly on the path to professional strength and effectiveness. They are also most eager for support as they take on new roles.

Our relationship with the award-winning New Teacher Center makes JNTP unique. Through us, Jewish day schools and, in fact, the entire field of Jewish day school education in North America, is able to benefit from New Teacher Center’s proven methodologies, which have shown measurable impact on student learning. We bring the best of the broader education field into the Jewish day school world.

Judith Talesnick

Program Consultant

Lisa Peloquin

Senior Instructional Designer and Coach

Lisa Peloquin is a Senior Instructional Designer and Coach at JNTP, where she focuses on content development and materials preparation for JNTP’s Early Childhood and Administrator Support Programs.. Lisa holds a B.A. in Psychology, with a concentration in child development, from Penn State and a Masters in Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in community psychology, with a research interest in understanding how school communities can impact educational equity. Lisa can be reached at lpeloquin@newteachercenter.org.

Tavi Koslowe

Program Consultant

Rabbi Tavi Koslowe is a Program Consultant at JNTP, where he provides coaching to early career administrators through the Administrator Support Program. Tavi has been a teacher and educational leader for the last twenty years in lower, middle, and high school settings. He is currently serving as the High School Dean at the Leffell School in Westchester, NY and the co-director of The Idea Institute, where he supports teachers, administrators, and school leaders in furthering educational practice in Project Based Learning. Most recently, Tavi served as the Judaic Studies Principal of The Idea School in Tenafly, NJ and has held other school leadership positions at the Ramaz School in Manhattan, NY and Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, NJ. Tavi participated in JNTP’s Teacher Induction and Administrator Support Programs. He can be reached at tkoslowe@newteachercenter.org.

Eva Broder

Program Consultant

Eva is a Program Consultant for JNTP, where she facilitates professional development training for early childhood mentors. Eva has served as a teacher in private schools throughout the NY area for over 15 years. During this time, she has provided support as a teacher mentor, working with individuals and groups to enhance their teaching practice, and has facilitated and trained teachers in the use of Professional Learning Communities. Eva currently works as a School Consultant for Professional Development at the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach (HALB). She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Yeshiva University and an M.S. in Special and General Education from Bank Street College. Eva trained as a mentor with JNTP in 2017-18. She can be reached at ebroder@newteachercenter.org.

Evan Weiner

Associate Program Consultant

Evan Weiner is an Associate Program Consultant at JNTP, where he facilitates mentor training. He has been involved with Jewish Education for over 20 years. Evan began his connection with JNTP as a new teacher and eventually became a mentor himself, mentoring teachers in both General and Judaic Studies departments. He has been an educational leader in both formal and informal educational settings, and has brought his JNTP training to elicit the best in his staff partners. Most recently, Evan served as Judaic Studies Principal, Curriculum Coordinator, and Instructional Coach at Ohr Chadash Academy in Baltimore before joining the JNTP staff. Evan participated in the YOU Lead Educational Leadership Program and JETSIsrael Edtech Incubator Program, and he holds an M.Ed. from Azrieli School of Education. Evan can be reached at eweiner@newteachercenter.org.

Rachel R. Harari

Associate Program Consultant

Rachel Harari is an Associate Program Consultant at JNTP, where she co-facilitates new teacher training. She is also an Associate Lecturer at Columbia University and a middle school English Language Arts teacher at Yeshivah of Flatbush. Rachel is currently working on her PhD at Teachers College, Columbia University, within their Educational Leadership program. Through her work as a Department Chair for six years at Magen David Yeshivah High School in Brooklyn, New York, Rachel was inspired to study the role of the high school department chair in Modern Orthodox schools in New York City. Rachel received her M.S. in Special Education from Brooklyn College, and her B.S. in English Education from New York University, where she published her research on mathematics anxiety in elementary school students: “Mathematics Anxiety in Young Children: An Exploratory Study.” Rachel is a 2016 recipient of The Covenant Foundation’s Pomegranate Prize, which recognizes emerging leaders in the field of Jewish Education.

Lauren Katz

Director of Development

Lauren Katz is JNTP’s Director of Development, where she oversees the organization’s fundraising efforts and marketing and communications initiatives in an effort to advance JNTP’s mission and strategic goals. Lauren’s portfolio includes strategic planning, donor cultivation, engagement, and gift acquisition. She has an extensive background in Jewish non-profit management with a specific focus on fundraising and development, most recently serving as the Director of Marketing & Communications and Alumni Relations at SAR High School for over four years and at the Ramaz School for seven years as the Director of Alumni Relations. In addition, Lauren worked at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and UJA-Federation of MetroWest, NJ in the campaign and planning and allocations departments. Lauren holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan and attended the University of Michigan School of Social Work and Jewish Communal Leadership Program. Lauren can be reached at lkatz@newteachercenter.org.