EDS brings yeshiva day school Executive Directors, CFOs, COOs, Directors of Facilities, Operations, Development, Technology 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 EDS National Conference takes place in South Florida in the fall when the beginning of school is behind us, but it's still early enough to impact on this academic year. The Fourth EDS National Conference will take place on Monday - Tuesday, October 25-26, 2021.
EDS Mini Conferences have the the same format but are shorter and geared to a specific region. The Third Annual EDS Mini-Conference will take place in Wednesday, July 14 in Englewood, NJ.
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 CIJE, Educational Networks, FACTS, Klipped Kippahs, Measuring Success, Pensionmark, Teach Advocacy Network, Tower Furniture and the Whalen Berez Group.
Our growing list of schools who have participated in our in person conferences (see pictures below) includes ASHAR, Ateres Bais Yaakov, Ben Porat Yosef, Brauser Maimonides Academy, Caskey Torah Academy of Philadelphia, Central, Darchei Torah, 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 Day School (FL), Katz Yeshiva High School (FL), Kohelet, Ma'ayanot (NJ), Magen David Yeshiva, Manhattan Day School (NY), Margolin Hebrew Academy (TN), MAY, MTA, Netivot HaTorah Day School (Toronto), North Shore Hebrew Academy, 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 of Atlanta, Torah Day School (Dallas), Valley Torah, 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, Yeshivat Shaare Torah (Brooklyn), Yeshiva Torat Emet (TX), and Yeshiva Sha'rei Zion (Forest Hills).