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JEWISH FEDERATION of Greater MetroWest NJ held its third biannual Quest for Teaching Excellence Conference on Nov. 7.
The conference, a community collaboration promoting professional development, brought together more than 450 teachers and staff from the region’s Jewish day schools: Gottesman RTW Academy (GRTWA) in Randolph, Golda Och Academy (GOA) in West Orange, Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth, and Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (JKHA-RKYHS) in Livingston.
At the conference, the Greater MetroWest Day School Initiative (DSI) launched two projects:
The Jerry Gottesman Fund for the Pursuit of Teaching Excellence: a $250,000 endowment of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ (JCF) created in memory of the day school benefactor and leader, who died Sept. 10 while in Israel with family. Gottesman, with his wife, Paula, was the initiative’s lead benefactor for more than a decade and first envisioned the partnership of the denominationally diverse schools.
Donors representing the four schools made gifts in his memory to the JCF to establish the fund, and matching funds came through the Paula and Jerry Gottesman Family Supporting Foundation. The new fund will provide an award every other year to honor one educator from each of the schools.
(Courtesy of JFGMW) Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ held its third bi-annual Quest for Teaching Excellence Conference on November 7. The conference is a community collaboration promoting professional development that brought together more than 450 teachers and staff from the four Greater MetroWest Jewish day schools—The Gottesman RTW Academy (GRTWA) in Randolph, the Golda Och Academy (GOA) in West Orange, the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth,and the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School (JKHA/RKYHS) in Livingston. As in the past, the conference was hosted at JKHA/RKYHS.
The conference is part of the Greater MetroWest NJ Day School Initiative, Federation’s ambitious and multi-faceted investment to enhance academic excellence for every educator and every student, and to make the day school experience more affordable for families. It provides a day of workshops for teachers from early childhood through high school and this year’s theme was “How Social and Emotional Intelligence Impact Teaching and Ourselves.” In her keynote address, Dr. Robin Stern, the associate director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, talked about how emotions matter and how teachers can help develop their students’ emotional intelligence.
Close to 100 Jewish day school lay and professional leaders and donors from across Greater MetroWest gathered on November 17 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our community’s unique day school collaboration and to welcome leaders of the new national day school organization, Prizmah, which developed from the merger of five individual organizations.
The event, held at the Golda Och Academy Upper School, marked a decade of extensive, integrated work among the diverse Jewish day schools. Coordinated by Jewish Federation and Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ, the collaborative efforts include marketing, teacher professional development, and tuition grants, all with the goal of enhancing excellence, affordability, and long-term sustainability. The collaboration began with three schools in 2006, and now includes four schools: Golda Och Academy in West Orange, Gottesman RTW Academy in Randolph, the Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth, and Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston.
Last Sunday I travelled to New York’s Upper West Side with fellow day school leaders, parents, alumni, teachers, and students to represent our community and our Jewish Day Schools at the Columbus Ave. Street Fair. Our location could not have been more ideal at 75th and Columbus, and the weather held up nicely despite the forecast for rain.
We coordinated our booth to be next to a Kosher food truck selling bbq fresh from West Orange, and together we distributed “Make the Smart Move” balloons and cool swag to our New York City neighbors. The real treat was meeting young families who were interested in learning more about us.
Who are you? What school are you here from? Where are you located?
Paula Gottesman could not have been happier. The philanthropist supporting the Jewish community of Greater MetroWest’s Vision 2025 education innovation talked about the “profound influence” teachers have on their students and how glad she was to see instructors from three different schools working together to improve that influence.
She was the donor behind the November 6 ‘Quest for Teaching Excellence’ Conference, a joint professional development day hosted by the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, and including teachers from the Golda Och Academy and Gottesman RTW Academy.
“The thing I’m most excited about is the collaboration and assistance between the schools, instead of rivalry,” said Gottesman, who attended the program. “Now everyone has benefited from it. I’m so pleased by the way the schools have bought into the opportunities offered to them. The quality just goes up for everyone.”
Four Jewish day schools of Greater MetroWest will have their tuition capped at 18 percent or less of a family’s Adjusted Gross Income for qualified middle income families, regardless of the number of children in the family.
This affordability initiative is part of a new 10-year program, known as “Vision 2025,” funded with a $10 million grant from the Paula and Jerry Gottesman Family Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community of Greater MetroWest NJ. It makes Greater MetroWest one of the first in the nation to guarantee tuition breaks across an entire community in a coordinated effort.
In a recent interview with RAVSAK, Paula Gottesman shared why she started working on easing the burden of middle income families. “The day schools had scholarships for families who couldn’t afford to pay much, and the wealthy could, of course, afford to pay full tuition. There was a big group in the middle that was not ‘needy,’ but day school education was just not within their budgets. These were families, making about $75,000 to $100,000 in salaries, but tuition for several children was too much of a burden,” she said.
(JTA) — Four northern New Jersey Jewish day schools are promising to cap tuition for middle-income families for 10 years.
A $10 million grant from the Gottesman Foundation will offset the cost of keeping tuition flat at Golda Och Academy, the Gottesman RTW Academy, the Jewish Educational Center and the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, the New Jersey Jewish News reported.
Each of the four schools has agreed to limit total tuition expenditures to 18 percent or less of a family’s adjusted gross income, regardless of the number of children in the family. The program aims to help middle-income families who may be reluctant to apply for or do not qualify for traditional financial aid.
Tuition will be capped at all four Jewish day schools in the Greater MetroWest region beginning this year, thanks to a $10 million grant from the Gottesman Foundation.
The tuition cap program will be in place for 10 years. The cap will apply to all families meeting the criteria for middle-income families, with income ranging from $150,000 up to $325,000. Each school will set its own criteria.
The announcement makes the Greater MetroWest area among the first to guarantee tuition breaks across a community in a coordinated effort to make day schools more affordable.
The four schools are Golda Och Academy in West Orange, the Gottesman RTW Academyin Randolph, the Jewish Educational Center in Elizabeth, and the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy/Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston.
The full price of tuition ranges from $12,500 to $17,500 for kindergarten and $19,000 to $28,500 at the high school level across all four schools.
The cap is just one part of a new 10-year program, named “Vision 2025,” being funded under the grant from the Paula and Jerry Gottesman Family Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ.