EDS brings yeshiva day school Executive Directors, CFOs, COOs, Directors of Facilities, Operations, Development and other non-educational leaders together at conferences and through a robust national and newly-formed regional (Florida, New Jersey) Google Groups 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 (18-19, 2019) when the beginning of school is behind us, but it's still early enough to impact on this academic year. TEN runs an additional EDS Mini Conference in New York during the Nine Days, and is considering offering additional programs.
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.
Here what EDS participants have to say about the latest conference.
Our growing list of schools who have participated 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, 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).
The following highly respected yeshiva professionals play a leadership role in crafting Torah Educators Network's programs for Executive Directors, CFOs, COOs, and business offices.
Richie Hagler (LI), Chair; Shimmie Kaminetsky (FL), Liaison to TEN Board
Stuart Gasner (PA), Rabbi Ari Ginian (LI), Rachel Goldman (Westchester), Racheli Hackel (LI), Erik Kessler (Bergen Cty), Yehuda Kohn (Central NJ), Rabbi Dovid Kramer (LI), Sheryl Levine (Bergen Cty), Debra May (Riverdale), Rabbi Dr. Jeff Rothman (Brooklyn), Rabbi Ariel Schochet (Monsey), Dov Shandalov (Chicago), Joe Sharp (FL), Lev Stark (CA).