The first few years of being a director can be full of excitement, and full of challenges. As we become more experienced, there are so many unknowns--so many times we are asked to make multiple decisions during the day and so many times we see things that we want to do but aren’t sure how to get there. We want to be the best leader we can be, and sometimes we need trusted colleagues to help us on the way.
In this Community of Practice (CoP), we will build a kehillah (community) interested in exploring together the aspects of being a leader in Jewish Early Childhood Education. Our CoP will support the work you are doing, and give you the opportunity to ask questions, brainstorm, and discuss the issues that come up for you in your work as director. We’ll talk about building relationships between teachers, families, and your host institution, and how to navigate these interactions when each group has different needs. You will make connections with people all across the country who are on the same journey as you, and you will have the opportunity to find your voice as a leader in your school.
In addition, there is an optional 1:1 coaching component which will round out this program, giving directors a time to talk about their own particular needs and receive support from an experienced coach.
The Community of Practice program will meet six times over the year (October, November, January, February, March and April), and the coaching will be once per month (October-May) and based on the number of coaching sessions you select. Coaching sessions will be made by appointment.
About the Facilitator
Denise Moyes-Schnur has worked in the field of Jewish Early Childhood Education for over forty years. She has worked as teacher, preschool director, consultant, coach, and mentor, both locally and nationally. Denise has worked in the national programs the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI), the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Initiative (JECELI), and as a mentor for American Jewish University. Denise currently works as Associate Director of the Jewish Early Childhood and Family Engagement Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation in San Francisco, where she runs directors programs, creates and implements programs and professional development. Denise holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA.
Dates & Times
The Community of Practice will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9pm ET/ 6:30-8pm CT/ 5:30-7pm MT/ 4:30-6pm PT.
- October 19
- November 23
- January 18
- February 22
- March 22
- April 12
Cost & Options
Choose the option that makes most sense for you:
- Community of Practice (6 sessions) - $375
- Community of Practice (6 sessions) plus 2 coaching sessions - $480
- Community of Practice (6 sessions) plus 4 coaching sessions - $780
- Community of Practice (6 sessions) plus 6 coaching sessions - $1080