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Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher(s): Jewish Education Service of North America

Author(s): Temma Kingsley

Series: Agenda: Jewish Education 15, Summer 2002

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Education (Education policy and planning)

Keywords: Jewish education; Organizational Development; Conservative Judaism

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Effecting change on a national level in a decentralized educational system represents a major challenge. Both practical constraints and commitment to the ideal of local control narrow the options for national bodies such as the religious movements. The author describes the logic behind the Conservative Movement's new set of standards for its congregational schools, 'Framework for Excellence'. She outlines the realities that led to the development, and explains the elements that were integrated into these national standards. The article will be helpful for groups deliberating on setting policy on a national level, as well as for leadership of synagogues and congregational schools seeking to implement these initiatives.