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April 2013
JData Revealed

 

IN THIS ISSUE
The Full Story on Part-Time Schools
Next in JData's Work with Part-Time Schools
News from JData
 
 
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We talk about "data-driven decision making" or "data-informed decisions," but what does that really mean? JData is collecting case stories from its users and partners. How have you used data in decision making, planning, fundraising, marketing, or advocating for your school or camp? What kinds of conversations have data sparked among  staff, board members, or the stakeholders in your organization? Email us your story (info@jdata.com). Or call to tell us your story on the phone (781-736-3941). Your story will be posted on a new section of JData to help others see possibilities for using data smartly. Please share.

 

 

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There is less research on part-time schools than on day schools, overnight camps, and other arenas of Jewish education. And there is no common language for designating them. Are they complementary schools? supplementary? part-time? Or as one of our partner communities refers to them, "non-day schools"?

 

Recent initiatives have attempted to revitalize part-time schools through visioning, planning, professional development, and curricular innovation. Emerging now are efforts to create alternatives to these schools. The one point of agreement is that the part-time schools have been an essential but beleaguered part of the educational landscape.

 

JData's part is to conduct an annual census of the part-time schools---- to establish how many exist and how many children they are serving, for how many hours a week, at what cost. To see first answers to these questions, read "The Full Story on Part-time Schools." Also check out JData news below.

 

We are pleased to make this information available to you and, as always, invite your comments.

 

Amy

 

Amy L. Sales, Ph.D.

JData Director

Senior Research Scientist

Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies

 

The Full Story on Part-Time Schools 

JData has located 1,848 congregational and other part-time schools in the United States. These schools are found almost everywhere there is a Jewish community. Our list encompasses 105 communities and states, from the four schools in Alaska and the four in West Virginia to the 97 in Greater Los Angeles. Mirroring the American Jewish population, the greatest number are located in the Northeast. (See Figure 1.)   
 

Figure 1. Part-time Schools by Region

Retrieved March ???, 2013, from https://www.jdata.com  Note: The main sources for this information were JData's local community partners and lists from Chabad, Jewish Reconstructionist Federation, North American Association of Community Hebrew High Schools, Union for Reform Judaism, and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

Retrieved January 21, 2013, from https://www.jdata.com  

In 2011-12, 886 schools----almost half of all part-time schools----entered their enrollment information into JData. The total number of students accounted for by these schools was 117,595. This number suggests that the complete count for the part-time schools could be as high as 240,000 children and youth. Read more...  

 
  Next in JData's Work with Part-time Schools 

There is growing interest in strengthening part-time supplementary---- or complementary----schooling, and it behooves us to know its sum total today so that we can understand the impact of change in the future. JData is committed to conducting a full census in 2012-13 so that we can begin to establish trend data for this part of the Jewish education world. If you are connected with a congregational or other part-time school, we hope you will encourage the administration to take part in this critical effort. 

 

JData is also committed to working with principals and educators to help them gain an understanding of their school's enrollments, staffing, and finances. We believe that empowering educators with this information can position them to advocate more strongly and plan more audaciously for the future of their schools.

 

We further believe that the synagogues need to take a more business-oriented look at their schools. How much excess capacity is there in the school and what does this cost the synagogue? How are enrollments trending and what are the implications of this for the future of the school?

 

This year, Union for Reform Judaism and United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism have joined with JData to gather and examine data on the congregational schools. We welcome their partnership as we believe that the health and growth of these schools depend on facts, ideas, and action not only within congregations and local communities but also from the movements. JData's job is to supply the facts. We are counting on the field for ideas and action.

 

News from JData 

  • JData is adding a new sector! JData has received a grant from UJA-Federation of New York to develop a section of the website for day camps. The profile form for day camps is in development and will be ready in time to receive Summer 2013 data.
  • JData has launched its new longitudinal report for all schools and camps. The new report is easier to read and to navigate. Authorized users may access their school or camp's report at www.jdata.com/profile. To learn how to access your report and to view a sample, click here.  
  • 2012-13 data are now available to all JData users on the Research page.
      1. Sign in.
      2. Hover on Research.
      3. Click on Basic Analysis.

    Remember: JData is an information system, not a survey. Many schools and early childhood centers are still entering this year's data. JData is a just-in-time system giving you analysis based on all data available at the moment of your request. Over the next two months, the amount of data available for your analyses will grow so do check back on items of interest.

 

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