Network Catalog

Welcome to our updated and revised 2019-20 Network Catalog. We have many wonderful Networks that are continuing and a number of new ones and are quite excited about them. We hope you will explore our offerings by browsing through the entries below or use one or more of our filters to focus on the Networks that are most appropriate for you. Many of our filters allow you to select multiple options. Have questions? Please email Suri Jacknis, Director, Educator Networks.

  • Click on a Network title or "Learn More" to view that Network's page with additional information and a REGISTER or contact button.
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Are you thinking about the quality of systems on your team? Do the people on your team know their responsibilities and fulfill them in a timely and communicative fashion? Join other school leaders in creating systems to improve communication, strengthen protocols and relieve stress.

  1. Keys to Utilizing Electronic Systems for Increased Productivity and Efficiency with Less Stress 

  2. Creating a culture of no surprises and compartmentalizing the work to reduce stress 

  3. Projects: How to start so you can finish 

  1. Preventing and Confronting Non-Performance 

  1. Got a Minute? How to stay focused despite the circumstances or Effective Meeting Management based on previous sessions 

Facilitator: Diana Bloom
Format: In Person
Designed for: Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Long Island
Work Areas: Day Schools & Yeshivas
New Members: Open
When: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Dates: November 11, November 19, December 19, (2020) January 13, February 12, May 5

This is a network for Brooklyn-based congregational educators to come together for the purposes of sharing, problem solving and collaboration. We will strive to create a forum where challenges can be brainstormed, programs can be co-planned, and resources can be shared.

Facilitator: Rebecca Ruberg, Suri Jacknis
Format: In Person
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Brooklyn
Work Areas: Congregational Learning
New Members: Open
When: Will meet on the third Wednesday of each month, from 10am - 12noon
Dates: Specific dates TBD by network

Learn about the impact of replacing traditional teacher evaluations with short, frequent, unannounced classroom visits with a face-to-face coaching conversation after each one, followed by a short narrative summary sent electronically to each teacher. These interactions, along with other points of contact (e.g., teacher teamwork on curriculum unit planning, PLCs analyzing student assessments, parent outreach, and other professional responsibilities) are summed up in end-of-year rubric evaluations, with teacher input. Presenter Kim Marshall will make the case for why this approach takes less time than the traditional approach and is far more effective at building trust and continuously improving teaching and learning. Participants will use clickers (audience response devices) and frequent small-group discussions to react to and think through the ideas presented.

Facilitator: Kim Marshall
Format: In Person
Designed for: Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Brooklyn
Work Areas: Day Schools & Yeshivas
New Members: Open
When: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dates: TBA

Educators who teach the Chidon HaTanach curriculum will discuss various areas of practice - from the practical/operational to questions of curriculum and lesson planning.

Facilitator: Rabbi Dovi Nadel
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, National, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Day Schools & Yeshivas
When: TBA
Dates: TBA

Be part of a national conversation on Thriving with a Jewish Lens! New York educators will connect with colleagues in six other cities to build expertise, share knowledge and apply this to our practice around Thriving and Jewish Education. Expert presenters will share wisdom and research and encourage experimentation to create practical adaptable experiences geared for your settings. Before the first webinar, we will meet together virtually. Immediately after each webinar, we will convene by Zoom to unpack, reflect and explore the material covered in each session. Pre- and post-learning materials will be provided.

Dates and Times:

Dates and Times are listed here because of the extra information that appears with each.

October 24, 2019
  • 10:00am - 11:30am (Eastern) The Art and Science of Thriving Jewishly
October 30, 2019
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Eastern) Entering a New Paradigm for Jewish Education, Dr. David Bryfman webinar
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Eastern) unpacking
December 5, 2019
  • 1:00pm - 2:00 pm (Eastern) Positive Psychology Meets Jewish Education, Sarah Rosenblum webinar
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Eastern) unpacking
January 9, 2020
  • 10:00am - 11:30am (Eastern) The Art and Science of Thriving Jewishly  
January 16, 2020
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Eastern) From Strength to Strength: VIA Character Strengths, Dr. Jillian  Darwish webinar
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Eastern) unpacking
March 5, 2020
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm (Eastern) Where Theory Meets Practice, Tess Levine & Rachel Happel webinar
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm (Eastern) unpacking
April 2, 2020
  • 10:00am - 11:30am (Eastern) The Art and Science of Thriving Jewishly, Putting it all together!
Facilitator: Susan Tessel
Format: Virtual
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Clergy, Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional, Independent Educator
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, National, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open
Dates: Times and days differ by session, please see Description for details.

This network will help family engagement educators develop best practices, be reflective about their work, and refine their skills and abilities to engage families with young children in more creative and successful ways. You will have the opportunity to learn from (and with) your colleagues doing similar work as we explore new topics such as the power of family stories, strategies for involving grandparents, and using materials and the environment more creatively to enhance engagement.   

Each session will begin with a short text study and include time for hot topics, our area of focus, sharing progress towards personal goals, and reflection. This network will meet four times during the 2019-2020 year in person, with the option to participate virtually when needed. Network participants will also be invited to a professional development day hosted jointly by The Jewish Education Project and PJ Library in NY. Date TBA.

Facilitator: Shariee Calderone
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional, Independent Educator
Geographic region: Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Meeting time TBA
Dates: September 25, November 20, (2020) January 8, April 1, (Plus workshop hosted by The Jewish Education Project and PJ Library of NY)

The action network is a follow-up of Reggio 201 and designed for early childhood professionals who are looking to deepen their practice of the Reggio philosophy. Together with experts from Teaching Beyond the Square, we will focus on emergent curriculum and how Jewish holidays and the JECEI Lenses can intersect with ongoing classroom investigations. 

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of child-led learning, and the role of teachers as researcher and collaborator. In addition to learning more, in this collaboratory network, participants will also have the opportunity to bring their observations and experiences to the group for feedback, support and advice.

Participating in this network will entail 3 in-person and 2 virtual meetings in addition to 2 site visits to Reggio inspired schools and experimenting with and sharing experiences of implementing and documenting emergent curriculum. 

Though this network is a continuation of Reggio 201, early childhood educators with foundational Reggio knowledge are welcome to join. 

Facilitator: Sasha Kopp, Jennifer Carvajal - Teaching Beyond the Square
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
Dates: PROPOSED DATES: October 29 (InPerson), November 20 (Virtual), December 12 (IP), (2020) January TBA (Site Visit), February 27 (V), March TBA (Site Visit), May 18 (IP)

The Schoolwide Enrichment Model provides opportunities for young people to recognize, own, and share their talents and gifts. School becomes a place where ideas are explored, nurtured, and have the chance to blossom into new and exciting products that the children create. In this network, General Studies Day School teachers will observe and participate in the understanding of differentiation from the students’ point of view. Enjoyment, Engagement, and Enthusiasm for Learning are the three Es that teachers will come to know as the light that enables children to see knowledge as accessible, attainable, and dynamic. Participants will focus on identifying student creativity and planning lessons that foster the 3 Es.

Facilitator: Nicole Waicunas
Format: In Person
Designed for: Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Long Island
Work Areas: Day Schools & Yeshivas
New Members: Open
When: 9:00am - 11:00am
Dates: November 11, December 10, (2020) January 14, March 17, May 19, June 2

This action network is specifically for Long Island educators and is designed for early childhood directors and teachers who are looking to learn more about child centered practice and how it relates to how children explore arts and materials and Jewish holidays and values. Together with experts from Teaching Beyond the Square, we will focus on materials and open-ended learning experiences. There will be a lot of opportunity for hands on exploration.

Participating in this professional development opportunity will entail 4 in-person and 2 virtual meetings in addition to a site visit and experimenting with and sharing one new approach in your school or classroom.

Facilitator: Shariee Calderone, Shellie Dickstein, Jennifer Carvajal - Teaching Beyond the Square
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Long Island
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
Dates: October 30 (InPerson), November 27 (Virtual), (2020) January 29 (IP), March 25 (V), April Site Visit TBA, May 27 (IP)

Facilitated by Rabbi Dena Klein and Tamara Gropper, this national network connects independent educators. Utilizing best practices in network learning, Dena and Tamara will provide a platform for idea-sharing, problem solving, and consultation related to the particular challenges of entrepreneurial Jewish education ventures. The Jewish Education Project will offer resources that focus on Jewish education that leads to thriving, create opportunities for professional growth, and encourage shared leadership of the Network.

Facilitator: Rabbi Dena Klein, Tamara Gropper
Format: Virtual
Designed for: Independent Educator
Geographic region: National
New Members: Open
When: 1:00pm - 2:15pm Eastern
Dates: September 24, November 14, (2020) January 9, February 27, April 2, May 21