Network Catalog

Welcome to our 2018-19 Network Catalog. Feel free to browse through the pages 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.

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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: October 18, (2019) January 15, April 15

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: Yael Kahn Pinto
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

This is a group of primarily Manhattan veteran directors/senior educators, who have been meeting together for five 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 will continue this work through a research project they are developing regarding faculty growth and professional learning. 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 others 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: October 22, November 19, December 17, (2019) February 4, March 11, April 15

Educators with varying degrees of experience will have the opportunity to collaborate and create new strategies for innovative models of curricular design for learning beyond the walls of the classroom. We will also devote time to the peer consultancy process to unravel the challenges we face as Jewish educators.

Facilitator: Dr. Evie Rotstein
Format: In Person
Designed for: Director / Principal / Head of School
Geographic region: Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open
Dates: First session October 17, following dates to be decided by the group

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: Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Meetings run 10:00am - 12:00pm except where otherwise specified
Dates: October 15, (2019) January 9, April 3

A new cohort of Jewish early childhood professionals will come together to explore using their natural environments to stimulate more independent play by children. You will strengthen your nature pedagogy approach overall and understand better how nature engagement supports children’s development and growth. Educators will explore Jewish values related to natural environments as well as an emerging topic - the benefits of enabling children to engage in risky or adventurous play. This online network with site visit opportunities will utilize video, case studies, expert presenters, article and book study, and present you with tools for experimenting in your own setting.

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, National, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Meeting time is tentatively 2:00-3:30
Dates: October 16, November 27, (2019) January 8, February 12, March 19, April 30

This new network will be a space for part-time professionals to share successes and challenges relevant to their part-time roles.  We will encourage each other to experiment and innovate in their own settings and provide opportunities for colleagues to offer their wisdom and suggestions that can help people refine and improve their practice.   We will collect the input of the group to plan for topics of highest interest to network members.  We also hope to share thinking around The Jewish Education Project’s most recent work on Generation Now Outcomes and Supporting our Youth and Families to Thrive both as human beings and as Jews.  This network will be co-facilitated by three consultants from The Jewish Education Project:  Rebecca Ruberg and Jodie Goldberg and Suri Jacknis so that we can all benefit from expertise in both teen engagement and congregational learning. 

Facilitator: Jodie Goldberg, Suri Jacknis, Rebecca Ruberg
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open

This network is for you if you are an early childhood director or lead teacher who is continuing to support a paradigm shift in your school toward constructivist/ Reggio-inspired learning by viewing and honoring children as competent and capable. This network will enable you to meet with colleagues who share the same vision for constructivist environments and continue to develop your ability to model and lead your staff and teach by developing skills of intentional language, deep observation, documentation and co-constructed emergent curriculum. This year’s focus will be on specific tenets of constructivism that help children thrive socially and emotionally. We will be reading the new book, The Self Driven Child: the Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives by William Strixrud, Phd. and Ned Johnson. Meetings will take place monthly, alternating between zoom and in person. A commitment to participation in all sessions is expected. It is not a requirement but we encourage network members to participate in either the Association for Teaching Constructivism Conference, October 25-27  with a special Shabbat Experience for Jewish educators) and/or the annual Paradigm Project Conference to take place in Chicago May 5-7.

Facilitator: Shellie Dickstein, Yael Kahn Pinto
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional, Independent Educator
Geographic region: Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: In-person meetings will take place 1:30-4:00, and virtual meetings will take place 2:30-3:30, except where otherwise specified
Dates: Oct 23 (in-person), Nov 13 (in-person), Dec 11 (virtual, directors), (2019) Jan 15 (in-person), Feb 12 (virtual, directors), Mar 13 (in-person), Apr 9 (virtual, directors), May 5-7 (Paradigm Conf), May 14 (in-person reflection/celebration)

The 12 months of your time in the Qushiyot Israel Education Fellowship may have ended but the support and learning with colleagues can continue in this network. This network will function as a Community of Practice comprised of Qushiyot alumni who share a passion for developing and teaching high quality Israel educational experiences that challenge and engage our students. We will learn from each other as we expand, deepen and improve our work in Israel Education.

Prerequisite: Open only to alumni of the Qushiyot Israel Education Fellowship - Pilot, Aleph and Bet cohorts.

Facilitator: Abby Pitkowsky
Format: Hybrid (includes some 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, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning
Dates: To be determined together, 5-6 times over the course of the year

Qushiyot, the Israel Education Fellowship, is a full-year network experience that offers participants the opportunity to connect with colleagues of diverse perspectives and partake in a range of learning opportunities to spur innovation in Israel Education. Qushiyot is a comprehensive philosophical and pedagogical approach to Israel education which embraces the vibrant complexity of Israel. The fellowship, offered in partnership with Makom, is centered around an 8-day training in Israel, together with NY-based workshops, a full mentoring process and tools to apply a comprehensive, practical approach to Israel education, empowers educators to develop meaningful and relevant Israel educational experiences for their sites.

Facilitator: Abby Pitkowsky
Format: In Person
Designed for: Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Teen Engagement
New Members: Not accepting new members at this time
Dates: N/A