Hebrew Union College, Jewish Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University: Education Initiative Year 4

HUC-JTS-YUE-logoLaunched in 2010, the Education Initiative is a $45 million grant program to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and Yeshiva University (YU). The three institutions have each been awarded $15 million to support the field of Jewish education through the development and enhancement of advanced degree, leadership, and certificate programs; improvement of recruitment activities; and induction support to new teachers and education leaders. In all, the Education Initiative engaged more than 1,400 Jewish education professionals from 34 states and internationally,  and supported 26 new and existing programs in three higher education institutions. More than 200 graduates are expected to complete full-time graduate degree programs and will fill open positions in the Jewish education workforce through this Initiative.

American Institutes for Research (AIR) examined the work and outcomes of the programs funded by the Education Initiative. This independent evaluation focuses on the five goals for the Education Initiative, three of which relate to educator preparation and support, and two to capacity building.

Education Initiative Year 4 Evaluation Report and Executive Summary

Education Initiative Year 3 Evaluation Report

Education Initiative Year 2 Evaluation Report

Education Initiative Year 1 Evaluation Report

HUCJTS, and YU Education Initiative Grant Information


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