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Jewish Educational Leadership with Soul
Marc Baker, Head of Gann Academy–The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston
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Marc Baker affirms that Jewish literacy and general leadership skills should be taught and evaluated in a holistic (not bifarcated) way, especially among Jewish educators.
Themes: Leadership  Tradition  Judaism  
DATE POSTED:  04-17-2013 MORE ABOUT THE TALK

Teaching, as Parker Palmer says, is about “the identity and the integrity of the teacher.“ How, then, can “our Jewish habits of mind and heart” inform the way Jewish educators lead? Here, Marc Baker articulates his concept of “Jewishly purposeful leadership.” Through textual references and a case study from the work being done in his own school, he encourages us to stop thinking about qualities of leadership and “the Jewish” in a bifarcated way, and begin reaping the transformational benefits of a more integrated approach.

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Inspired? Click the light.
BE INSPIRED
Marc Baker affirms that Jewish literacy and general leadership skills should be taught and evaluated in a holistic (not bifarcated) way, especially among Jewish educators.
ABOUT THE TALK

Teaching, as Parker Palmer says, is about “the identity and the integrity of the teacher.“ How, then, can “our Jewish habits of mind and heart” inform the way Jewish educators lead? Here, Marc Baker articulates his concept of “Jewishly purposeful leadership.” Through textual references and a case study from the work being done in his own school, he encourages us to stop thinking about qualities of leadership and “the Jewish” in a bifarcated way, and begin reaping the transformational benefits of a more integrated approach.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Rabbi Marc Baker has served as the Head of Gann Academy–The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston since June, 2007.  A native of Lynnfield MA, Marc graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, and spent eleven summers as camper, counselor and Assistant Director at Camp Bauercrest in Amesbury, MA.  He received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University, after which he received a Dorot Fellowship to spend the year working and studying in Israel.  Marc spent four years living in Jerusalem and studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, as a Fellow and as a pioneer of the Pardes Educators Program.  He received his M.A. in Jewish Education from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Danny Landes, Director and Rosh Yeshiva of Pardes. 

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Rabbi Marc Baker has served as the Head of Gann Academy–The New Jewish High School of Greater Boston since June, 2007.  A native of Lynnfield MA, Marc graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, and spent eleven summers as camper, counselor and Assistant Director at Camp Bauercrest in Amesbury, MA.  He received his B.A. in Religious Studies from Yale University, after which he received a Dorot Fellowship to spend the year working and studying in Israel.  Marc spent four years living in Jerusalem and studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies, as a Fellow and as a pioneer of the Pardes Educators Program.  He received his M.A. in Jewish Education from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Rabbinic Ordination from Rabbi Danny Landes, Director and Rosh Yeshiva of Pardes. 

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Discussion questions:

Rabbi Baker begins with Parker Palmer’s definition of a leader - what’s yours? Who, in your experience, has embodied what leadership means to you? How did this person do that?
Rabbi Baker’s school uses the Jewish ethical teachings of mussar as a way to engage in school-wide character and Jewish identity development - he states that in order for the students to grow in this way, it needs to start with the teachers. Do you agree? As the teachers explore the intersection between education and leadership in a Jewish context, what should be the role of the students?

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