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.
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 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.