Innovation in Jewish Education
This continuing network will bring you together with other educators for peer support and critical colleagueship. You will share and get feedback on new ideas you are developing as well as challenges you are confronting. This network is a great opportunity for you to engage in text study, to build new collegial relationships, and to learn about new resources and the work of your fellow educators. Network activities will include: text study; case studies; reflection; protocols for sharing both new innovative learning experiences as well as challenges; and resource sharing. You will identify and work towards a professional goal as well as contribute to the field by designing and/or implementing innovative strategies in your own setting or in the larger community.
This network is designed for educators (education directors, lead teachers and entrepreneurial educators) engaged in K-12 part-time Jewish education.
About the facilitator:
Ellen Rank is a senior education consultant in Part-Time Jewish Education. In addition to facilitating networks, Ellen serves as a consultant to congregations working on innovating their models, has taught in both Part-Time and Day School settings, served as the educational director of a congregational school, and is the author of several Teachers’ Guides and student textbooks for Behrman House.
Thank you so much for giving all of us an amazing forum through which we get to learn, share, and forge new connections.
I appreciate the openness with which our group shares dilemmas and the listening opportunities that this safe space provides.
I have learned from every single conversation.
Having this network with goal setting and accountability helps me to move toward my goal.
Stories of impact:
Innovation in Jewish Education is a virtual network made up of educators from California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Westchester, New York City, and Long Island. Only a few of these educators knew one another prior to meeting virtually in the network. We are a group that has come together out of a shared passion for learning about and creating innovative Jewish educational experiences.
In the spring of 2018, the group decided that during the 2018-2019 year they wanted to learn more around assessment. At our November meeting, I introduced PERMA and shared a template that can be used to assess if a program or education experience leads to thriving. The group was inspired by what they learned about PERMA and spoke of ways they could apply this to their work. We were all further inspired when, at our next meeting, one of our members prepared and led us in a text study on Deuteronomy 16:13-15, using the lens of PERMA and focusing on the question: What Does the Torah Say about Flourishing? It was thrilling to see how the group has embraced and utilized the learning shared in this network.
It is also exciting to see the group grow. Recently, an educator from California joined the network. She joined after hearing from a friend (who has been part of this network for a couple of years) in Massachusetts how much she gains from being part of this network.
Glimpses are a way of looking into a Network to learn more about how they think and function.
One goal for our network is...
For each member to identify and work towards their own personal/professional goal.
One way network participants have helped other members is...
By sharing resources during and between meetings.
One interesting case study or presentation that our network experienced is...
After a member spoke about reading Becoming a Soulful Educator, network members are planning on reading the book and starting an asynchronous book group.
One way this network builds thriving is...
Building positive relationships through shared learning and conversations.
One way this network impacts participants is...
By providing a safe space to share challenges and new ideas.
One reason participants find this network particularly valuable is...
It is an opportunity to learn with colleagues who share the goal of bringing meaningful, impactful experiences to our learners, yet come from a variety of backgrounds and settings.