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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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: September 19, (2020) January 9, April 30

This action network will deepen educators understanding of nature-based learning while enriching their knowledge, strategies, and approaches taking place in their own school setting. Educators will explore the elements and environments that support more self-directed and independent play and unpack some of the benefits on children’s learning and social emotional wellbeing. We will look at existing frameworks that lay the foundation for more natural play and outdoor learning. Participants will be encouraged to identify a goal for improving their practice and environment and to observe and share noticeable outcomes on your children and families. Participants will also gain more confidence communicating with families. This online network will include the sharing of photos and other documentation from each other’s schools as well as one or two site visits during the year to see nature play in action.

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: 2:00pm - 3:30pm Eastern
Dates: September 17 (Info Session), October 29, November 12, December 10, (2020) January 28, March 31, May 5

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
Format: In Person
Designed for: Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Tuesday or Thursday evenings at 8:00pm Eastern / 7:00pm Central
Dates: TBD

Are you an early childhood director supporting change in your school toward Jewish constructivist child-centered emergent learning? This network will enable you and a designated lead teacher to gain support from colleagues who share the same vision for constructivist environments and to develop your coaching skills so that you can support your staff to develop intentional language, deep observation, documentation and co-constructed emergent Jewish curriculum. This year’s foci will be twofold:

  1. We will be doing a deep dive to explore the question “How might we support parents to be reflective about their parenting practices to help young children thrive?” We will use cases from your own practice, share resources, and learn from experts.
  2. Continuing to hone your coaching practice with one-on-one and group coaching with Helen Frazier, a coaching consultant from the Professional Development Institute of CUNY.

A commitment to participation in all sessions is expected. It is not a requirement, but we encourage network members to take advantage of our InSiteful Journey visits, webinars and conferences throughout the year, and the annual national Early Childhood Paradigm Project Conference to take place in early May 2020 in Chicago.

Facilitator: Shellie Dickstein, Sasha Kopp
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 at the Jewish Education Project Manhattan office from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, and virtual zoom meetings will take place 2:30pm - 3:30pm, except where otherwise specified
Dates: September 19 (Virtual), October 23 (InPerson), November 21 (V), December 19 (IP), (2020) January 23 (IP), February TBA, March 26 (V), April 23 (IP), May 3-5 (Paradigm Conference in Chicago), May 21 (in-person reflection/share-a-bration)

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, Bet cohorts, Gimmel and Dalet 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
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Teen Engagement
When: 10:00am - 11:15am
Dates: October 29, November 21, December 17, (2020) February 6, March 31, June 4

Qushiyot, the Israel Education Fellowship, is a 10-month 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. It is a comprehensive, open approach to Israel education that embraces the vibrant complexity of Israel. Participants will:

  • Benefit from individual coaching and professional development for teaching Israel in part-time settings in grades 2-12.
  • Experience an intensive 6-day workshop in Israel, based around Makom's Four Hatikvah Questions (4HQ) method.
  • Develop contemporary, meaningful, and relevant Israel curriculum.
  • Learn how to build support from key lay and professional leadership.
  • Address controversial issues and your own relationship to Israel.

 

Facilitator: Abby Pitkowsky
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Clergy, 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

This network offers Russian-speaking Jewish educators and educators or program coordinators who work with Russian-speaking population a platform for professional learning and growth. Participants support each other in solving challenges related to RSJ programming, share resources, and explore topics of collective interest.

Facilitator: Olga Markus
Format: Virtual
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Clergy, Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional, Independent Educator
Geographic region: National
New Members: Open
When: 12:00pm - 1:30pm Eastern
Dates: September 12, November 7, December 17, (2020) January 23, March 19, April 30

This network is comprised of teachers nominated by their school directors as recognized leaders within their schools. Together we will examine important tenets of leadership within Jewish Early Childhood settings. You will have the opportunity to think beyond your current role in the classroom with the hope of further immersing yourselves in non-classroom responsibilities within your institution. In this highly participatory community you will also craft and commit to partnerships and experiments that will further your leadership potential.

Facilitator: Sasha Kopp
Format: In Person
Designed for: Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Manhattan
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Dates: (Tentative) October 24, December 2, (2020) January 22, February 28 (9am - 12pm Group Site Visit), March 23, May 7

A network open to full-time educators (Ass’t Directors/Principals, Family Engagement Professionals, Program Directors, Camp and Youth Professionals, Full-time Teachers) other than Senior educators/directors, meet in-person to share their innovative models and strategies and to explore their own potential to make a difference in the lives of families and learners.

Participants lead text studies, share highlights from their work, raise issues of concern, share dilemmas and resources and work in "critical colleague" groups.

Each session has a particular focus which is infused throughout. Participants are committed to supporting one another’s growth as professional educators.

Facilitator: Jo Kay
Format: In Person
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
Dates: September 19, October 17, November 21, (2020) January 9, February 27, April 2

This continuing network will allow for Directors and Associate Directors in Jewish Early Childhood settings in Westchester 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: Westchester
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Either 2:00pm - 3:30pm or 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Dates: September 26, November 6, (2020) January 14, February 12, April 28, May 20