Schools finding that the single most effective tactic for increasing enrollment is something only parents can deliver.
Amy Sara Clark
When Rhonda Rose enrolled her twin toddlers at Beit Rabban Day School last year, she jumped in with both feet.
Before the school year even started, she was discussing ideas with the Upper West Side school’s marketing director, promoting the school on Facebook and writing articles about it for a day school parent website.
Six New York programs will receive a total of $744,000 this year from the Covenant Foundation. The grants are among $1.2 million in grants the foundation, which seeks to “support and advance excellence and impact in Jewish education,” approved last week.
With the weather still hot, summer camp over and the children restless, the last week before school starts can be a challenge for many parents.
All the more so for haredi parents, who on average have more than three times the number of children as other New York Jewish parents, according to a recent UJA-Federation of New York study. While many of the children receive federally subsidized meals at camp and school, during that last week of summer — with no food programs — low-income families often struggle to get everyone fed.
‘Fun’ teaching tool catching on to engage tech-savvy teens, but development costs may be big hurdle.
Like most of her friends, Jenn, a Long Island teen, loves computer games. She even plays one at Hebrew school.
With her teacher’s permission.
“Petri World,” a virtual environment in which players have avatars and build a city together, is not a forbidden classroom activity that distracts from the lesson. In Jodi Mishkin’s class at Temple Beth Torah, in Melville, it is the lesson, with students learning about modern Israel as they play.