This network is for full-time congregational school educators (other than directors) who meet face-to-face 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.
Jewish educators with a long-term commitment to the field; those who seek to be professional Jewish educators.
This network is designed for assistant principals, program directors, family educators, youth directors, camp directors and full-time teachers.
About the facilitator:
Jo Kay is a professional Jewish educator who has worked in day schools, congregational schools, camps and as a family educator. She was the Director of the NY School of Education at HUC-JIR and currently works at a consultant with peer networks at The Jewish Education Project.
Identifying personal goals helped me realize what my baseline is and where I need to move in order to grow.
These discussions help me figure out how to do my work ‘in a nice way’ especially when I come up against problems.
Having colleagues that I can share my work with and know I will be supported by them makes this group so important to me.
Stories of impact:
Several members of the group were placed into leadership roles this year that they didn’t expect to be in. Due to maternity/paternity leaves, these young professionals had to step up and lead. As the year comes to a close, and everyone is back at work, it is clear that all has gone well. They all did the work needed, and received some support for their colleagues in the group. “A light was shined on these young professionals in an important and symbolic way.”