By Susie Wexler, Nancy Manewith, Leanne Nathan, and Cherene Radis In a large metro area that offers families with young children many early childhood educational options, is collaboration among preschool directors possible? Can the leaders of these early childhood organizations view each other as collaborators and not as threats? As participants in the Chicago Early Engagement Leadership Initiative (CEELI), we’re proof the answer is … [Read more...] about Can Competitors Become Collaborators? These Chicago Educators are Proof They Can!
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By David Lewis and Rachel Margolis Something significant happened in Los Angeles on June 11th. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and Builders of Jewish Education - Los Angeles partnered to create a cross-denominational day of learning on transforming religious school education, “Ascending the Mountain of Innovation.” Nearly 150 invested registrants comprised of forty five religious school directors with their synagogue teams (including … [Read more...] about Ascending the Mountain of Innovation to Plant a Flag for a Thriving Religious School Education
By Julie Lambert, RJE [This is the tenth in a weekly series of posts from a coalition of institutions across the continent devoted to nurturing the emerging transformation of congregational and part-time Jewish education. The series is curated by the Leadership Commons at the William Davidson Graduate School of Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary.] How does a national organization harness the power of individual and autonomous … [Read more...] about Building Capacity for Change in Congregational Education through Communities of Practice
By Greg Kellner Last week, in eJewish Philanthopy, Aaron Saxe described the risk and outcomes of the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Incubator camps. In 2013, I experienced this “risk” first hand when I embarked upon a journey to be the founding director of the URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, the Reform Movement’s first science and technology specialty camp. Like any startup, there were late nights, moments where the task seemed impossible, and … [Read more...] about The Risk is All Reward
NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement has launched its racial justice campaign to begin to address the issues of systemic racism in North America. The campaign is focused on helping teens learn, connect and do - to reflect, relate, and reform on matters of racial injustice, such as mass incarceration and voting rights. The campaign was launched at NFTY Convention 2017 in partnership with the Religious Action Center and the Union for … [Read more...] about NFTY Launches Racial Justice Campaign