We all know the challenges inherent to day school affordability are great. At the same time, as the AVI CHAI Program Officer in Day School Finance, I have observed unprecedented energy, initiative and innovation throughout North American Jewish day schools. This update was created to share with those interested in day school affordability the emerging ideas, best practices, and new programs in this area as well as their implications for the field.
I am especially excited to announce the AVI CHAI Strategy_Lab on day school affordability – a three-day intensive laboratory bringing together more than 50 educational, lay and philanthropic leaders highly knowledgeable and deeply invested in day school affordability. The laboratory will use a structured and facilitated process with an unconventional approach to collaboration and innovation. This process will seek to redefine the questions and then co-create the strategies that may lead to more affordable schools and sustainable institutions. The Strategy_Lab is invite-only and will take place July 29-31 in New York City. While unfortunately invitations were limited, we look forward to sharing and discussing the germinating ideas subsequently. You can read more about the thinking that led us to Strategy_Lab here
An array of affordability ideas, strategies, and experiments are currently under discussion on the AVI CHAI blog
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Day school affordability is a complex issue. We believe that the best solutions can be found through creativity, collaboration, and experimentation – and we look forward to continuing to share our insights and experiences along the way.
Program Officer, Day School Finance