EDS brings yeshiva day school Executive Directors, CFOs, COOs, Directors of Facilities, Operations, Development and other non-educational leaders together at conferences to share innovative solutions to the similar challenges that each school faces.
Our most important takeaways from conferences are often from the conversations we had with colleagues between sessions. The sessions at EDS Conferences are structured as a discussion between colleagues at similar schools.
The Annual EDS Conference takes place in Florida in November when the beginning of school is behind us, but it's still early enough to impact on this academic year. It will take place on Sunday-Tuesday, November 17-19, 2019
The EDS Mini Conference takes place in New York during the Nine Days, dovetailing with the Consortium of Jewish Day Schools Principals Forum. This will take place on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.
A list of prospective session topics is created by a committee of executive directors, and the actual issues which will be addressed are chosen two months before the conference by prospective participants. Executive Directors volunteer to facilitate each session, and create surveys which are distributed in advance which create a picture of how the challenge is being tackled in yeshvas nationwide.
Past topics addressed have included: Preparing Budgets for Boards; Teacher Pay Scales; ED Work Life Balance; Educational Administration & Budgeting; Transition to a Paperless World; Private School Legal Issues; Administration & Non-Academic Staff Division of Labor; Maintaining Staff Morale; Internal & External Communications; School Management Systems; Trends in Campus Design and Construction; Proven Ways to Improve Security; Tuition Assistance and Affordability; Employee Benefits; and Faculty Handbooks.
A sponsor who offers valuable services to our schools makes an informal presentation at each meal. Past sponsors have included Educational Networks, FACTS, Klipped Kippahs, Measuring Success, Teach Advocacy Network, and Tower Furniture.
Our growing list of schools who have participated in our conferences (see pictures below) includes Areivim, Ateres Bais Yaakov, Ben Porat Yosef, Brauser Maimonides Academy, Caskey Torah Academy of Philadelphia, Central, Darchei HaTorah (Far Rockaway), Fuchs Mizrachi, Hebrew Academy (Margate, FL), HAFTR, HALB, HANC, Har Torah, Heichal HaTorah, Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, Hillel Torah (IL), JEC, Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov- Yeshiva Tiferes Tzvi (Chicago), Kushner, Katz Hillel (FL), Katz Yeshiva (FL), Kohelet (PA), Ma'ayanot (NJ), Magen David Yeshiva (NY), Manhattan Day School (NY), Margolin Hebrew Academy (TN), MAY, MTA, Netivot HaTorah Day School (ON), Oakland Hebrew Day School (CA), Rabbi Pesach Raymon Yeshiva, RASG Hebrew Academy, RYNJ, SAR, Shaarei Bina, Shalhevet (CA), Shulamith (5 Towns), Shulamith (Brooklyn), Moriah, TAG, TABC, Torah Academy of Boca Raton, Torah Day School (Atlanta), Torah Day School (Dallas), Westchester Day School, Westchester Torah Academy, Yavneh (Paramus), Yavneh Hebrew Academy (CA), Yeshiva Beth Yehudah (MI), Yeshiva of South Shore, Yeshiva Tiferes Torah of Boca Raton, Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes (FL), Yeshivah of Flatbush, Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, Yeshivat He'Atid, Yeshiva Ktana of Long Island, Yeshivat Noam, Yeshiva Torat Emet (TX), and Yeshiva Sha'rei Zion (Forest Hills).