What’s the Story?

“Once upon a time…” We all know these words. Stories are very familiar to us as a way of conveying meaning. In this seminar, we explored how much we can learn from the stories we see playing out every day in our early childhood programs.  How can we gather meaning from the patterns of behavior that we see in children? Through the lens of reflective practice, what deeper patterns of thought or behavior might we find that are influencing...

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A post from Hannah Bloom Hirschberg, the Chicago Program Coordinator

Mindfulness in the Park “Between stimulus and response there is a space.  In that space is our power to choose our response.  In our response lies our growth and our freedom” – Viktor Frankl Having studied development from a variety of angles in April, we sought to use mindfulness as a means to allow us to become even more aware of how we can build relationships with others and implement routines and programs which respond to each...

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July One Day Seminar

For this one-day seminar, we find ourselves in a natural setting. While this photo is from Israel, we will be in our own “native” countryside, learning about the connections between mindfulness, nature, and Judaism. How do those connections affect what we want to see happening for our young children and our families? For our staff members? Check back here at the end of July for some...

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An intensive three days!

I believe that we are all still digesting the work of the April Seminar even though we are at the end of the of the first week of May! We examined several aspects of development that we often don’t have the opportunity to look at closely, including: adult development educator development stages of parenthood organizing elements to support change We even discussed what the ancient Rabbis thought about what to expect at different ages!...

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What’s developing in the JECELI April Seminar?

The April Seminar focuses on development across many dimensions. Usually, professional learning in early childhood concentrates primarily on aspects of child development. We will indeed focus on the very early years, and how attunement, self-regulation, and social-emotional phases of the school year (and Jewish year) affect the children in our programs. However, in our professional and personal lives, we have essential interactions with...

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From Hannah Bloom Hirschberg, the Chicago Project Coordinator

Chicago’s Cohort 2 has moved into the work of JECELI with great enthusiasm and curiosity. The process of matching fellows with mentors is one which we take very seriously.  The JECELI staff members work as a team to not only assess which mentor might best support the individual fellow but also how to build mentor groups of colleagues.  Many of these groups have stayed in touch after the end of the formal JECELI program and continue to...

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