Innovative Program to Focus on Developing Young Leaders For Careers in Jewish Education
Gann Academy announced today that it has been granted up to $1,500,000 from the Jim Joseph Foundation to pilot an Early Career Fellowship Program focused on developing and positioning young leaders for careers in Jewish education. The grant is the latest example of the innovative high school’s expanding leadership role in strengthening the Jewish community both in the greater Boston area and nationally.
The multi-year matching grant funds Gann hiring a national manager to form and oversee this first-of-its kind program and the recruiting of six national Fellows—new college graduates—at three different Jewish high schools: Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts; Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York, New York; and de Toledo High School in Los Angeles, California. The three schools represent the leading edge of Jewish secondary education and share a commitment to training the next generation of educational leadership.
As Rabbi Marc Baker, head of Gann Academy, notes, “The Jim Joseph Foundation grant is another example of the depth and breadth of our mission and impact. We are here to prepare our students for today’s world and to ensure that we are building a solid foundation for the next generation. Teaching the teachers is a critical component of that foundation.”
Led by Gann, the three pilot schools will become an on-ramp for new talent, benefiting directly from the contributions of the fellows while learning what it takes to recruit, inspire and connect young professionals to a meaningful career.
In addition to the recruiting and assignment of the six Fellows, the matching grant enables the development of a robust curriculum for the Fellows, the annual convening of the Fellows to compare experiences and share learning, and the creation of formative and summative evaluations.
“With its record of educational success, Gann Academy is a natural partner for this innovative new program,” adds Chip Edelsberg, executive director of the Jim Joseph Foundation. “There is an urgent need to develop talented young leaders have the skills and support necessary to deliver excellent Jewish education in a variety of settings. As the Fellowship evolves we look forward to sharing learnings and key lessons to help all who care about the future of Jewish life and learning.”
While the essence of the Fellows’ professional development will be their full-time work over two years as part of the schools’ Jewish and Student Life teams, they will also seek to engage with other constituents in their local communities. Those activities will include but not be limited to working with regional directors of teen youth organizations, adult education, and doing student recruitment work with local synagogues and day schools or other synergies, as determined by the Fellow and the school.
The grant also will support an outside evaluator to provide deep understanding of the program’s impact on the Fellows and their school communities with an eye towards the scalability of the program and its real capacity to increase the pipeline of engaged, passionate and prepared Jewish educational leaders for the future.
For more information visit: www.jimjosephfoundation.org