In beginning…

And so we start our studies together! The JECELI staff members eagerly look forward to what we will learn with and from our new community. At Orientation, we will engage in text study, consider how Jewish tradition informs the culture of our schools, and how we can use stories to understand ourselves and others as leaders. Check back for stories – so important in Jewish learning – about what we...

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Apply now for JECELI Chicago Cohort 2!

Apply to JECELI Chicago Cohort 2 at http://bit.ly/2su2poV, and have a hand in the future of Jewish early childhood education in Chicago! Contact Lyndall Miller (program director) at lymiller@jtsa.edu or Hannah Bloom Hirschberg at hannah.b.hirschberg@gmail.com for more information. We invite you to become a part of our...

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Wrapping up the JECELI Chicago January Seminar…

          Today we engaged in powerful learning with Safiyah Jackson, the Director of Training from the McCormick Early Childhood Leadership Center. She provoked us to think about how many ways staff members can take on leadership roles, and how to set up quality change initiatives. An important part of our experiences with Safiyah included learning about and facing, head on, obstacles to change in order to identify...

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Day 2 of the JECELI Chicago January Seminar!

            Our session continued today with our usual experiences, including morning tefillot and text study. The Pirkei Avot mishnah we learned together (4:5) brought out the connections between learning, teaching, internalizing, and doing. We spent the rest of the day involved in learning about teaching, and practicing how to act – to do – using the values that we have internalized. The main topics...

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The Power of Sharing Perspectives

Welcome to the JECELI Chicago January Seminar! It was a day of listening, accepting without agreeing, working to discover shared thinking, and considering what to do in the context of working with families. Usually, there are a wide variety of materials provided for the group but today each of the Fellows brought in a bag of “beautiful stuff.” There were many interesting and curious items in the mix. The folks at every table made...

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