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 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: Brooklyn, 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 network will help family engagement educators develop best practices, be reflective about their work, and refine their skills and abilities to engage families with young children in more creative and successful ways. You will have the opportunity to learn from (and with) your colleagues doing similar work as we explore new topics such as the power of family stories, strategies for involving grandparents, and using materials and the environment more creatively to enhance engagement.   

Each session will begin with a short text study and include time for hot topics, our area of focus, sharing progress towards personal goals, and reflection. This network will meet four times during the 2019-2020 year in person, with the option to participate virtually when needed. Network participants will also be invited to a professional development day hosted jointly by The Jewish Education Project and PJ Library in NY. Date TBA.

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, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Meeting time TBA
Dates: September 25, November 20, (2020) January 8, April 1, (Plus workshop hosted by The Jewish Education Project and PJ Library of NY)

The action network is a follow-up of Reggio 201 and designed for early childhood professionals who are looking to deepen their practice of the Reggio philosophy. Together with experts from Teaching Beyond the Square, we will focus on emergent curriculum and how Jewish holidays and the JECEI Lenses can intersect with ongoing classroom investigations. 

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of child-led learning, and the role of teachers as researcher and collaborator. In addition to learning more, in this collaboratory network, participants will also have the opportunity to bring their observations and experiences to the group for feedback, support and advice.

Participating in this network will entail 3 in-person and 2 virtual meetings in addition to 2 site visits to Reggio inspired schools and experimenting with and sharing experiences of implementing and documenting emergent curriculum. 

Though this network is a continuation of Reggio 201, early childhood educators with foundational Reggio knowledge are welcome to join. 

Facilitator: Sasha Kopp, Jennifer Carvajal - Teaching Beyond the Square
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
Dates: PROPOSED DATES: October 29 (InPerson), November 20 (Virtual), December 12 (IP), (2020) January TBA (Site Visit), February 27 (V), March TBA (Site Visit), May 18 (IP)

This action network is specifically for Long Island educators and is designed for early childhood directors and teachers who are looking to learn more about child centered practice and how it relates to how children explore arts and materials and Jewish holidays and values. Together with experts from Teaching Beyond the Square, we will focus on materials and open-ended learning experiences. There will be a lot of opportunity for hands on exploration.

Participating in this professional development opportunity will entail 4 in-person and 2 virtual meetings in addition to a site visit and experimenting with and sharing one new approach in your school or classroom.

Facilitator: Shariee Calderone, Shellie Dickstein, Jennifer Carvajal - Teaching Beyond the Square
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Associate / Assistant Director, etc., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Long Island
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: In Person meetings are 1:00-3:30 PM; Virtual meetings are 3-4 PM
Dates: October 24 (In Person), December 3 (Virtual), (2020) January 29 (In Person), March 25 (Virtual), April Site Visit TBA, May 27 (In Person)

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
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: November 18, December 5, (2020) February 3, April 6, May 11, please see Description for details

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 13, March 24, April 23, May 7

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

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.

Facilitator: Josh Rosenberg, Shariee Calderone
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)
Designed for: Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Bronx, Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Early Childhood & Family Engagement, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Wednesdays 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Dates: Oct. 16; Nov. 20; Dec. 11; Jan. 15; Feb. 12; Mar 18; April 22; May 20

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