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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This network will provide an opportunity for teams of colleagues from congregations to create and implement action plans that build or deepen a culture of continuous engagement. You will find new ways to support families as they transition between the early childhood setting and the congregational school setting. In addition, you will serve as critical colleagues for network members to experiment with and implement new strategies.

Facilitator: Suri Jacknis, Margy Ringelheim
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Brooklyn, Long Island, Queens, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dates: November 12, December 10, (2020) January 14, February 11, March 31, May 5

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: Na'ama Rosenberg, Kim Marshall
Format: In Person
Designed for: Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Brooklyn, Staten Island
Work Areas: Day Schools & Yeshivas
New Members: Open
When: 9:30 – 12:00 pm
Dates: November 20, January 8, May 6, June 3

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

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)

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
When: In Person meetings are 1:00-3:30 PM; Virtual meetings are 3-4 PM
Dates: October 24 (In Person), December 3 (Virtual), (2020) January 29 (In Person), March 25 (Virtual), April Site Visit TBA, May 27 (In Person)

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

This continuing network will bring you together with other educators for peer support and critical colleagueship. You will share and get feedback on new ideas you are developing as well as challenges you are confronting. This network is a great opportunity for you to engage in text study, to build new collegial relationships, and to learn about new resources and the work of your fellow educators. Network activities will include: text study; case studies; reflection; protocols for sharing both new innovative learning experiences as well as challenges; and resource sharing. You will identify and work towards a professional goal as well as contribute to the field by designing and/or implementing innovative strategies in your own setting or in the larger community.

Facilitator: Ellen Rank
Format: Virtual
Designed for: Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, National, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning
When: Wednesday mornings, 10:00am - 11:30am Eastern
Dates: October 23, November 20, (2020) January 8, February 12, April 1, May 6

This network will be a community of practice to support and deepen the work of Jewish Early Childhood Day Camp Directors. Together we will explore both big ideas related to vision, philosophy, core values and policies as well as share practical strategies that can be helpful in the day to day running of the camp. We will examine artifacts from our practice, discuss case studies of successes and challenges, and provide each other with practical suggestions and helpful wisdom. Our network can be a safe space where we can raise questions that can expand thinking and improve practice. This is a new network that will be co-facilitated by network participant Naomi Kachel along Suri Jacknis and Sasha Kopp, from The Jewish Education Project.

Dates and Times:

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

November 18, 2019
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Eastern) Program Evaluation with the FJC
December 5, 2019
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Eastern) Incorporating Jewish Content with FJC
February 3, 2020
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Eastern) Counselor Recruitment & Training
April 6, 2020
  • 3:30pm - 5:30pm (Eastern) Parent Communication  
May 11, 2020
  • 3:30pm – 6:00pm (Eastern) Camp Pep Rally
Facilitator: Suri Jacknis, Sasha Kopp, Naomi Kachel
Format: In Person
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
Dates: November 18, December 5, (2020) February 3, April 6, May 11, please see Description for details