It was like magic. And once they discovered it, they determined to share it with others.
Beginning in 2007, Peter, Ellen, Anna, Val and Vero studied together with other aspiring education leaders as part of a fellowship called the Covenant Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative Fellowship.
United around the intersection of Jewish big ideas, leadership, and inspiration from the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, they studied, grappled, pushed themselves, and challenged one another.
This experience catalyzed powerful personal, professional and school growth for all of the members of the Fellowship.
As the Fellowship drew to a close, Peter, Ellen, Anna, Val and Vero sought to inspire and help others, utilizing their shared vision of excellence and their understanding of how professional development can affect change.
They formed the Paradigm Project in 2012, and began nurturing intimate communities of learners in their local areas, eventually engaging national groups of learners, and networking them all via social media and a national conference.
Today the Paradigm Project is a network of practitioner-activists from around North America and Israel that shares a common vision and commitment to forging excellence in Jewish early childhood education.
The network continues to hold onto the magic formula for professional growth that started with the original Fellowship:
Content (Jewish+Leadership+Reggio) + Method (learning+relationship+inspiration+action+ activism) --> Positive School Change