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.

  • 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 continuing network will help you develop best practices in the field of early family engagement. You will set your own goals for enhancing engagement experiences that help families thrive and grow. You will use the support of the network to refine your approach to communicating value and benefit to parents with more consistency. Together we will explore new models that can help families connect with one another and other national resources in the field, as well as add our collective voice to the broader field of early family engagement.

Facilitator: Shariee Calderone
Format: Virtual
Geographic region: Brooklyn, Long Island, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Westchester
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Meeting time is 1:00-2:30
Dates: October 24, December 5, (2019) January 16, February 20, April 3, May 15

This collaborative learning action network is designed for early childhood directors who are in their positions for less than seven years and want to further develop dynamic, effective leadership skills. Working individually or in pairs directors will identify areas of interest, then prepare further study, that builds or deepens knowledge in those areas. In addition, you will serve as critical colleagues for network members to explore and implement new strategies. Specific case studies with be shared along with current literature in the field.

Participation in this network will include 6 (2 hour) meetings. Meetings will be hosted by different network members in their locations.

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
Dates: TBD

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: Long Island, Queens, Westchester
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dates: October 16, November 27, (2019) January 8, February 12, April 2, May 21

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 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

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 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)

This action network is a follow-up of Reggio 101 and designed for early childhood directors and lead teachers who are looking to continue their learning about Reggio Emilia-inspired practice. Together with experts from Teaching Beyond the Square, we will delve deeper into the core tenets of the Reggio philosophy and explore how Jewish values and holidays can be woven into this approach. This group will further your understanding of developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based learning in a Jewish setting.

Participating in this network will entail 4 in-person and 2 virtual meetings in addition to site visits to 2 Reggio-inspired schools and experimenting with and sharing one new approach in your school or classroom.

Facilitator: Yael Kahn Pinto and 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: October (in-person), November (in-person), (2019) late January (virtual), early February (in-person), late March (virtual), early May (in-person)

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., Director / Principal / Head of School, Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional, Independent Educator
Geographic region: National
Work Areas: Congregational Learning, Early Childhood & Family Engagement, Teen Engagement
New Members: Open
Dates: 10/30, 11/27, 1/10, 2/12, 3/14, 4/30

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: Yael Kahn Pinto
Format: In Person
Designed for: Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic region: Manhattan
Work Areas: Early Childhood & Family Engagement
New Members: Open
When: Exact dates and hours to be decided by the group
Dates: October, December, (2019) January, March, April, May