Our Staff

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Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
212-960-0180

As Director of the YU Institute for University-School Partnership, Scott is responsible for developing the YUSP’s vision and holistic strategy. He guides the YUSP’s collaborations with schools, organizations, foundations, and other funders in its efforts to sustain and reimagine Jewish day school education. As an internationally recognized expert in Jewish and general education, Scott conducts trainings and represents the YUSP at conferences and community programs around the world.

 

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Associate Director for Teaching and Learning
212.960.5400 x.6944

Maccabee oversees teacher recruitment and placement with additional responsibility for visioning, planning and implementing the YU School Partnership’s teaching and learning agenda. He manages a pipeline of quality teachers, tracking their training, placement, and development, and coaches new teacher induction mentors.

 

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Director of Capacity Building
212-960-5400 ext. 6928

Jane leads YU School Partnership's Education Team, which oversees the projects and programs that we offer schools with training and follow up. She also works directly with schools on internal capacity building to strengthen their leadership, reflect on their teaching and learning, and work towards whole school improvement.

 

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Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement
212-960-0118

Rachel works to develop external support of the YU School Partnership so that it can successfully provide its services to the community. She works with individual donors as well as foundations to secure funding for YUSP's various activities.

 

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Assistant Director for Professional Development

Melanie works with schools to create meaningful and current professional development opportunities. Whether creating an online course of action, developing communities of practice, professional learning communities or a site based professional development experience, Melanie is happy to work with schools to optimize the programs offered at the YUSP. Melanie’s goal is to help set, execute and evaluate professional development that meets the needs of our schools, teachers and students.

 

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Benchmarking Project Manager
212-960-5400 ext. 6687

As the project manager for the Benchmarking and Financial Reengineering project, Odelia manages the project schedule, budget, grants and other aspects of the project for the communities involved. The Benchmarking and Financial Reengineering project guides schools on financial sustainability and affordability issues.

 

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Program Administrator, YUTeach Fellowships
212-960-5400 ext. 6963

Shira is the Program Manager for the YUTeach Fellowship programs, which help recruit, develop and support new teachers in Jewish education. She also cooperates on other innovative projects of YU School Partnership.

 

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Financial Analyst, Planning and Performance Improvement

212-960-5400 ext. 5878

Jacob’s background in corporate finance provides essential insight into the finances of the schools we work with. Jacob’s work in comparative financial benchmarking guides schools where to improve their bottom lines by highlighting areas for increasing revenues and decreasing expenses. Jacob also works side by side with schools to develop long-term financial plans to help schools plan for the future by taking advantage of best practices and performance improvements. Additionally,  he works on the development and implementation of strategic planning and process improvement efforts, which enhance quality and sustainability.

 

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Educational Technology Specialist

Eliezer’s role is to advance Jewish education through the lens of 21st century skills, educational technology integration and online learning. As the developer of the YU 2.0 and YUeLearning online communities of practice, Eliezer works with Jewish educators around the globe in these areas. Through these communities and the further work in these areas, YUSP acts as stewards in ensuring technology is leveraged and 21st century skills are being implemented thoughtfully, responsibly and meaningfully in our Jewish day schools.

 

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Associate Director of New Teacher Support

Shira’s primary role is to help day schools develop environments to support their new teachers. Shira comes with a background in new teacher mentoring from the Delet program after serving as a classroom teacher herself at the South Area Solomon Schechter in Norwood, Massachusetts.

 

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Assistant Director of Planning and Performance Improvement
212-960-0044

James co-manages, along with Harry Bloom, the Day School Financial Capacity Building Project, overseeing the work of the community consultant in one community and serving as the community consultant in the other. James helps 18 schools to re-engineer their long-term bottom line through comparative financial benchmarking, deployment of subject matter experts, governance assessments and the development of 3-year strategic and financial plans.

 

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Project Coordinator, Online Certificate Programs
212-960-5400 ext. 6684

As the Project Coordinator of the Online Certificate Programs, Eitan helps organize the courses, assists facilitators in assembling and overseeing their courses, and guides participants from application to completion. Eitan also works on producing and disseminating YUSP resources, which take the form of publications, online resources and webinars, as well as the monthly newsletter. And in further spreading the YUSP message, he helps coordinate events, such as Scholar-in-Residence opportunities, which bring YUSP to communities.

 

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Director of Recruitment, Placement, and Induction
212-960-5400 ext. 6152

Dina offers a continuum of support in career development, recruitment, and placement services for schools and individual school leaders. In addition, Dina facilitates the YUSP principal mentoring program along with 6 active Critical Friends Groups. If you are looking for a leader, looking for a new position, looking for peer mentoring/peer support or simply looking to discuss your career development, Dina is at your service.

 

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Methodologist

The YU School Partnership provides the academic knowledge and research, educational experience and expertise, and strategic planning and performance improvement programs needed to build a better day school. Shoshi helps ensure that all of our projects and programs have research components embedded in them, and that information is formulated and presented well so that we and others in the field of education can benefit from that knowledge and further develop Jewish education.

 

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Operations Manager
212-960-5400 ext. 6943

Elysia oversees all operations, logistics, budget and finance for the YU School Partnership. In addition she coordinates the project management office, overseeing the project coordinators and ensuring that all projects and programs are planned and executed as intended.

 

Assistant to the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
212-960-5400 ext. 6622

Shira assists the director with all aspects of scheduling and meeting coordination. She also maintains communication with the Advisory Council, schools, donors, and partner organizations.

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