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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This new Jewish Education Project network will bring together Jewish Music Educators who are embedded in a community and working to impact children, youth and families over time. Co-facilitated by a Jewish Music Educator and a Jewish Education Project staff member, it will be a community of practice that will encourage participants to share their successes and challenges to help them grow as professionals. Participants will also share wisdom, repertoire, and resources, experiment with new strategies, and consider how Jewish Music Education can help their congregations thrive. Group members will take the lead in determining topics of focus and in presenting case studies from their own practice.