Catching up with the March JECELI Chicago Seminar!
We have had such a full time that it has been difficult to blog! Over the last several days, we have learned much from each of our Fellows through the presentations of their Leadership Projects. Each one illuminated an area of leadership in Jewish early childhood education, including:
- the central importance of text study as the foundation of a Jewish program
- collaborating with families and programs
- enhancing staff collaboration
- enhancing Jewish knowledge of staff and families
- reflective supervision in Jewish schools
- making Jewish content meaningful for children
These topics were represented by several presentations, and a variety of insightful perspectives. The learning of the group members over the course of their JECELI work was made very visible.
Other presentations included two sessions on spirituality, ritual, and prayer in the Jewish early childhood program. We had intense conversations about Jewish concepts of God, and about the spiritual gifts of young children. The Cooper Center of Jewish Child and Family Services provided the ideal location for our work.
We spent time journaling and expressing our thoughts about our learning and growth overall as well as individually.
Of course, the Fellows and the mentors worked together to think about what the future may hold for this illustrious group. We talked about the changes in the group as we moved into this new phase.
Together with the Fellows, we look forward to celebrating our learning at graduation on May 21st at the Goodman Theatre. Watch this space for further information!