Pardes Educators Program and Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project

February 12th, 2013

For more than a decade, Pardes’ selective two-year Educators Program (PEP), funded by The Avi Chai Foundation, has recruited and trained Judaic studies teachers and helped place them in North American day schools. In 2008, the Jim Joseph Foundation began funding the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project (PEASP) to provide induction support, offering professional development and fostering retention among PEP graduates. Since it was founded in 2000, PEP has graduated 122 Jewish educators, awarding them each a Certificate of Jewish Studies from Pardes along with a Masters in Jewish Education and a Certificate in Jewish Day School Education from Hebrew College, Pardes’s institutional partner for this program.

This report summarizes Pardes’s unique approach to training and supporting Jewish educators and highlights key learnings from Research Success Technologies’ one and a half years evaluating PEP and PEASP. The conclusion offers recommendations for leveraging Pardes’s experience with preparing Jewish educators.

Summary of Research on PEP and PEASP