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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Watch this space!

With the update of our website, we will be posting information on our ongoing activities in this blog. First look through our new information across the site!

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Listening, Discovery, Collaboration, Dance

We started the day at the Levinsky Teachers’ College, learning with Dr. Clodie Tal about the philosophy of the learning experiences of pre-service teachers. We had the wonderful opportunity of sitting in the lab school at Levinsky, and then reflecting in groups about what we saw. Clodie’s work models the negotiation of theory that informs practice, which in turn informs theory. This process requires listening to children, discovering...

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