Highly Effective

Teachers and Leaders

Great schools require great teachers and school leaders. We empower our educators to lead and we invest in training to help them grow as professionals.

The Jewish Academy's Theory of School Leadership

TJA believes outstanding schools—that offer rigorous academics and character development—are built, led, and sustained by empowered leaders at all levels. Through invaluable on-the-job training, transformative coaching experiences, and the highest-quality formal and informal professional development, TJA leadership teams strengthen the skills and competencies they need to be effective in their roles. Effective teachers set high expectations, believe in every student’s unlimited potential, and are equipped with the training, tools, and resources to maximize their success in the classroom. Our teachers exemplify three core middot (character traits) that are the foundation of our schools culture. 

Our Core Middot

“We are worthwhile people because we are created b'tzelem elokim. Everything we think, say, and do must show that we are created b'tzelem elokim.”

-Rabbi Kalman Rosenbaum

Approach to Teacher Effectiveness


School Culture, Classroom Mananagement, and Instructional Planning overview.

Faculty Handbook

Faculty policy, rules, and standard of ethics


Our theory of teacher effectiveness and a description of our approach to teaching and learning.

Training and Coaching

TJA teachers receive most of their professional development through job-embedded activities at their schools and online virtual learning experiences. Over the course of the year, teachers will participate in professional learning communities that engage in lesson study, teacher and student data analysis, and coaching at regular intervals. 


TJA teachers have access to a variety of high-quality online instructional ‘toolkits’ that can be accessed at no cost, anytime, from anywhere. These resources draw from a plethora of resources including Uncommon Schools, KIPP, Teach Like a Champion, Education Weekly, and Teach for America, among others. These online resources include coaching tools, protocols, and guides to help leaders to support teachers in achieving instructional excellence every day. New resources on a variety of topics are created and added on a consistent basis.

Professional Development Requirements

All teachers must complete a series of Professional Development Workshops on the following topics below. In order to receive Professional Development credits​ for the class, teachers must complete an accompanying assignment and/or exam. Professional Development opportunities will be provided both during Faculty Meetings and through online learning. 


By end of Professional Development Week, all teachers must complete the following 20 Core Credits to begin the school year. By the end of the school year, teachers must complete 60 Professional Development credits. 


20 Core Credits Required by End of PD Week:                                    

  1. Ownership:           

  2. Growth:                  

  3. Positivity:                

  4. Differentiated Instruction:             

  5. PBS & Classroom Management:         

  6. Pedagogy:             

  7. Communication:     

  8. Backward Planning:

3 Credits

3 Credits

3 Credits


3 Credits

3 Credits 

3 Credits

1 Credit

1 Credit

Calendar of Faculty Meetings & Events

Faculty Meeting Dates: All dates on Wednesday 

  • August 17-24 

  • September 9

  • October 14

  • November 18

  • December 16

  • January 27

  • February 17

  • March 17

  • April 14

  • May12

  • June 9

Our Core Middot

Our theory of teacher effectiveness is built upon a belief in core middot (character traits) that our staff members embody. 

Staff Page

Important staff forms

Core Competencies

Ten fundamental teacher actions vital to success.

Grading Policy

Grades/Homework is our most common form of communication. See our Grades/homework policy below.

Teacher Actions Checklist

A checklist of Teacher Actions and a self/peer assessment.

TLC Rubric

The Teach Like A Champion Rubric includes 49 techniques to support a successful classroom culture 

Classroom Management & PBS Resources

Core Middot




Continue Education Professional Development

  • To Be Added During The School Year