Celebrating
20 YEARS
of Jewish Day
School Excellence

Celebrating
20 YEARS
of Jewish Day
School Excellence

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JNTP's 20th Anniversary 03.23

At the core of JNTP’s work is the belief that great educators are made, not born.

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JNTP's 20th Anniversary 03.23

Over the past 20 years, JNTP has supported over 2200 educators in more than 200 Jewish day schools across North America, teaching and modeling the skills they need to become great educators, both in and out of the classroom.

 

We’ve partnered with schools, communal agencies, and donors to promote teaching excellence so that the next generation of Jewish day school students are engaged, inspired, and knowledgeable – and are prepared for active roles in their Jewish communities and beyond.

Partner School Spotlights

Join us on a journey meeting educators and administrators from longtime partner schools and communities, representing diverse geographical settings, religious philosophies, educational approaches, and parent and student bodies.

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Luria Academy of Brooklyn

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Denver Community Partnership

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SAR High School

We are so proud to have been part of elevating the field of Jewish day school education for the past 20 years. We are energized and eager to build on our past achievements and to scale and expand our work to ensure that all students attending Jewish day schools receive the excellent education that they deserve!

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JNTP’s 20th Birthday Bash
2023 Prizmah Conference, Denver CO

A Look Back at Our History

2002-2003
2003-2004
2007
2008-2009
2009
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
2018-2019
2019-2020
2020-2021
2021-2022
2022-2023
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2002-2003
AVI CHAI Foundation partners with Ellen Moir, Founder and CEO of New Teacher Center, to adapt NTC’s award-winning teacher induction program for Jewish day schools.
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2003-2004
JNTP launches with a first cohort of 7 schools, 12 mentors, and 21 new teachers in the New York metropolitan area.
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2007
JNTP publishes original fieldwide research, co-authored with the Research Center for Leadership in Action, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. Results demonstrated that the program was as powerful for its mentores as it was for their new teachers.
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2008-2009
JNTP launches program hubs in Miami and Baltimore.
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2009
After 6 years in the field, JNTPs impact is clear: Over 60 schools across the country are experiencing significant results in the classroom and in teacher retention.
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2013-2014
JNTP launches new Administrator Support Program for early career administrators.
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2014-2015
JNTP reaches over 100 participating Jewish day schools across denominations and throughout North America.
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2015-2016
JNTP introduces new program in Chicago, for a total of 4 program hubs. JNTP’s Leadership Council is formed.
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2018-2019
New Teacher Center Founder and Former CEO Ellen Moir retires. Founders and participants share the impact of JNTP’s work over its first 15 years, reaching over 20,000 students per year.
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2019-2020
In response to COVID, JNTP pivots to provide online professional learning, support, and resource-sharing to JNTP educators and schools.
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2020-2021
Over the past 6 years, JNTP’s reach doubled in size, having worked with over 200 Jewish day schools in 23 states and in Canada, and reaching over 40,000 students per year.
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2021-2022
JNTP pilots two new programs: a Jewish Early Childhood Educator mentoring program in Chicago and Professional Learning Communities at Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn.
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2022-2023
JNTP celebrates 20 years of fieldwide impact and is prepared to address the future needs of Jewish day school teachers and educational leaders.
Where We Started:

2003-2004

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Where We Are Now:

2022-2023

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81

Schools
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101

Mentors
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128

New Teachers
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Administrators

Our Work in Action

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“I will forever be grateful for my experience as a participant in the first cohort of JNTP. When I entered this brand new program, I honestly had no idea what to expect. The framework that I was exposed to gave me a new way to listen, to think about language, to communicate, and to grow. My own teaching was transformed, and I learned how to empower others through mentoring.”

Shira Schiowitz,
Founding JNTP Mentor, Ramaz High School;
Current Mentor, Educator, SAR High School

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JNTP's 20th Anniversary 03.23
“JNTP is one of the very few programs that I have encountered in my 20 years in Jewish Education that has unanimous admiration and appreciation for their work. This is not an accident as their research-driven work and first-rate professionalism has proven to be effective in various settings.”

Rabbi Ari Segal,
Chief Strategy Officer, Jean and Jerry Friedman Shalhevet High School

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JNTP's 20th Anniversary 03.23
“The skills and tools that I acquired through being a part of the JNTP program are an essential part of my growth as an educational leader. They allow me to reflect on my own work as an educator and to guide others to a place of self reflection, professional growth, and best practices in the classroom.”

Amanda Pogany,
Former Mentor, Schechter Manhattan
Current Head of School, Luria Academy of Brooklyn

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JNTP's 20th Anniversary 03.23
“My JNTP mentor has stood by me through all the ups and downs of my first year of teaching, consistently observing my class in action and being available to discuss it with me in a non-threatening, non-judgmental setting…This has allowed me to explore many sensitive areas of my teaching career and therefore grow in an immeasurable way.”

Raizy Muller,
Former New Teacher, Current Mentor, Torah Day School of Dallas

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Voices from the Field:
Impact Over Time

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From Founders to Future

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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 holds a Masters in Education from Azrieli School of Education.

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 the Director of Development at JNTP. 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.