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 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
New Members: Open
When: Wednesday mornings, 10:00am - 11:30am Eastern
Dates: October 30, December 11, (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.

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: TBD

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: 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

This continuing network will allow for Directors and Assistant Directors in Jewish Early Childhood settings to share and develop best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education. There will be a focus on topics that are timely and relevant to directors. You will help craft meeting agendas, with a focus on incorporating and supporting constructivist and child centered Jewish learning.

Facilitator: Margy Ringelheim
Format: In Person
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Long Island, Queens
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dates: TBD

This continuing network will help you develop best practices in the field of family education. You will set your own goals for enhancing your model of family learning, for experimenting with various strategies to engage the whole family, and /or for increasing parental/family engagement in Jewish experiences and learning. Together we will consider ways to help parents and families see Judaism as a gift that can add connections, meaning, and joy to their lives. In this way, more Jewish children and families will thrive as human beings and as Jews.

Facilitator: Suri Jacknis
Format: In Person
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Clergy, Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional, Independent Educator
Geographic region: Long Island
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Early Childhood & Family Engagement, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Tuesdays or Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dates: November 14, December 17, (2020) February 11, March 24, April 23, May 7

This continuing network will bring you together with other educators for peer support and critical colleagueship. You will engage in text study as well as read a book (of the network members’ choice) around designing innovative educational experiences. 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 collegial relationships, and to learn about new resources and the work of your fellow educators. 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: In Person
Designed for: Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Long Island
Work Areas: Congregational Learning
New Members: Open
When: Monday mornings, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Dates: October 28, November 25, (2020) January 6, February 3, March 30, May 4

Connect with colleagues to build relationships and explore opportunities for collaboration! This is your chance to sit and think with other youth professionals in a way that can spark and spread innovation in your settings.

Facilitator: Jodie Goldberg, Rebecca Ruberg
Format: In Person
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Long Island
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Meetings run 10:00am - 11:30am except where otherwise specified
Dates: September 12, (2020) January 15, April 23

This continuing network will allow for Directors and Associate Directors in Jewish Early Childhood settings in Manhattan to share and develop best practices in the field of Jewish Early Childhood education. There will be a focus on topics that are timely and relevant to directors. You will help craft meeting agendas, with a focus on incorporating and supporting constructivist and child-centered Jewish learning.

Facilitator: Sasha Kopp
Format: In Person
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Manhattan
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dates: September 23, November 14, (2020) January 15, February 11, April 30, May 19

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: Manhattan
Work Areas: Day Schools & Yeshivas
New Members: Open
When: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dates: TBA

This is a group of primarily Manhattan veteran directors/senior educators, who have been meeting together for several years. They have developed a strong collegial connection and seek to inspire each other to continue to grow as professionals while also growing the field. They work together in our peer group and through an online thread and are committed to responding to each other’s professional needs regularly. They meet at each other's congregations and bring dilemmas, successes, resources, issues and questions and facilitate their own section of the meeting. They have supported each other’s growth by helping to move each other’s personal goals forward.

Facilitator: Jo Kay
Format: In Person
Designed for: Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Manhattan
Work Areas: Congregational Learning
New Members: Not accepting new members at this time
Dates: September 23, October 28, December 9, (2020) January 13, February 24, April 27