Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for the Fall 2022 issue focusing on

Attracting, Retaining, and Cultivating Good Teachers

Good teachers are what make sound education happen. Increasingly, good teachers are becoming a scarce commodity, and highly skilled Jewish studies teachers are growing more difficult to find with each school year. Reports from the field indicate that veteran teachers are retiring early and fewer young people are entering the field. Graduate programs in Jewish education are shrinking, indicating that the pipeline for filling the ranks of the most important resource in Jewish schools is narrowing. All this is compounded by challenges facing schools on growing the capacity of their current faculties and creating growth pathways for teachers which keep the best teachers in the classrooms while earning enough to live in the communities in which they work. This issue of the journal will address questions such as:

  1. How can we reshape schools, financial models, and communal norms to make a career in Jewish education a rewarding and respected choice?
  2. What creative recruitment models, including those used in other industries, should be used to attract educators?
  3. What kind of models, including emotional, financial, and professional, can help maximize teacher retention, effectiveness, and resilience?
  4. How can the Jewish educational ecosystem create the environment in which teachers, both those entering the field and those currently teaching, can imagine, plan, and implement growth trajectories so that with each passing year they are growing personally and improving their craft?
  5. How can schools recognize, reward, and promote teacher growth while keeping good teachers where they do what they do best – in the classroom? 

We are particularly interested in hearing from teachers about their own growth trajectories, including their challenges, as well as from school leaders about systems they have implemented and which have demonstrated success. We are also interested in hearing from foundations, central agencies, and thought leaders concerned and involved in Jewish education. We invite educational support programs to write thoughtful articles describing ideas replicable by schools. Advertorials will not be accepted.

Please send abstracts or queries for all submissions to the Editor-in-Chief by June 20, 2022. Abstracts should be 1-2 paragraphs in length describing the issue the author intends to address and providing a brief synopsis of what the intended article will include. 

Jewish Educational Leadership is a professional journal intended for teachers, educational leaders, and interested laypeople spanning the denominational spectrum and across a range of Jewish educational settings. Articles should be 1000-2000 words in length, with no footnotes or academic references.