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JECCA Kallah 2024: Nurturing Foundations

February 19 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Opening Learning Session for All Participants: “Finding the Right PITCH” with Dr. Tamar Andrews

Discover the power you have to make lasting and impactful changes to your classroom and your life. Design Physical, Interpersonal, Temporal and Curricular environments for Harmony!

Workshop Session 1 (Choose 1 from the following 7 Options)

  • “Building Resilience in Young Children” (Allison O’Hara/Lauren Schwartzberg- Gordon)
    This workshop will equip early childhood educators with simple, effective ways to promote resilience and emotional wellness in all young children. Attendees will learn age-specific classroom strategies to build children’s recognition, expression, and management of feelings. The presenter will share links to several free resources located on the Strong4Life ECE website including printable classroom materials, as well as tip sheets and self-care resources for teachers and families. During this session, we will:

    • Summarize foundational building blocks that promote resilience in all kids.
    • Outline the stages of emotional development in young children, starting at birth.
    • Explore how awareness, expression and management of feelings influence emotional development.
    • Discuss age-specific strategies and free resources that can be used in your daily work or shared with families.
  • “Building Resilience Through Individual and Collective Care: A Session for Your Own Wellbeing” (Nicole Weinstein)
    This session is designed with YOU, the teacher, in mind. Using tools and insights from the field of mental health, participants will engage in self-assessments for possible signs of burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Together we will learn helpful strategies for building resilience, so we can be our best for both ourselves and our learners.
  • “Challenging Behaviors Through Temperament” (Megg Thompson)
    Why is it that some find others challenging while some don’t at all?  Why are some children hard for us while others fuel us? Diving into temperaments and the patterns of human behavior are essential for figuring out challenging behaviors. Finding the mismatch of temperament can lead us into wonderful strategies to lessen challenging behaviors.
  • “Hands-On Provocations” (Jennifer Carvajal)
    Roll up your sleeves and dive deeper into the materials of children. Participants will rotate through open-ended, hands-on centers that will inspire them to incorporate new and interesting materials into their classrooms in intentional ways.  A final reflection will highlight modifications for different age groups and the benefits of open-ended play.
  • “As if You Were There: Bringing Jewish Stories to Life Through Sensory Theater and Imaginative Play” (Jonathan Chapman)
    How can you bring the Jewish early childhood classroom to life through theater and play? This hands-on workshop will offer a range of techniques in the foundations of immersive theater, sensory storytelling, and imaginative play, while also unpacking how they can be utilized in the early childhood classroom. Participants will discover a variety of artistic tools that can be used across the curriculum to activate a story. Together, we’ll explore how to make Jewish tradition more accessible and dynamic for young learners and their families through theater and creative play.
  • “Making the Marriage Work: Strengthening Relationships Between Preschools, Parents, and Leaders” For Preschool Directors (Dr. Tamar Andrews)
    Relationships are the key to everything we do in Jewish early childhood. We have relationships with our colleagues, families, and young children. We also can build relationships with local businesses, elected officials, and more. Learn how to use the best of “relationship” research to leverage relationships to improve quality in all aspects of your Early Childhood program.
  • “Beyond Yom Ha’atzmaut: Bringing Israel into Your Early Childhood Classroom” (Sasha Kopp)
    Every year in early childhood Jewish settings, our young children learn about Israel. This year it’s going to feel different. Explore what you know about Israel, and how your assumptions and experiences impact your teaching. We will dive deeply to create a developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory approach to Israeli life and culture. You will leave this session with exciting, new ways to bring Israel into your classroom throughout the year, in ways that resonate with you, your children, and their families.

Workshop Session 2 (Choose 1 from the following 8 Options)

  • “Building Resilience in Young Children” (Allison O’Hara/Lauren Schwartzberg- Gordon)
    This workshop will equip early childhood educators with simple, effective ways to promote resilience and emotional wellness in all young children. Attendees will learn age-specific classroom strategies to build children’s recognition, expression, and management of feelings. The presenter will share links to several free resources located on the Strong4Life ECE website including printable classroom materials, as well as tip sheets and self-care resources for teachers and families. During this session, we will:
    • Summarize foundational building blocks that promote resilience in all kids.
    • Outline the stages of emotional development in young children, starting at birth.
    • Explore how awareness, expression and management of feelings influence emotional development.
    • Discuss age-specific strategies and free resources that can be used in your daily work or shared with families.
  • “Building Resilience Through Individual and Collective Care: A Session for Your Own Wellbeing” (Nicole Weinstein)
    This session is designed with YOU, the teacher, in mind. Using tools and insights from the field of mental health, participants will engage in self-assessments for possible signs of burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Together we will learn helpful strategies for building resilience, so we can be our best for both ourselves and our learners.
  • “Challenging Behaviors Through Temperament” (Megg Thompson)
    Why is it that some find others challenging while some don’t at all?  Why are some children hard for us while others fuel us? Diving into temperaments and the patterns of human behavior are essential for figuring out challenging behaviors. Finding the mismatch of temperament can lead us into wonderful strategies to lessen challenging behaviors.
  • “Observation & Documentation” (Jennifer Carvajal)
    Classroom observations develop our understanding of each individual learner and help to drive emergent curriculum studies.  Join us for a discussion about the value, purpose, and types of observations. We will dive deeper into note-taking systems and strategies, organization, and analysis of these observations. There will be time allotted for hands-on practice and specific questions and concerns.
  • “As if You Were There: Bringing Jewish Stories to Life Through Sensory Theater and Imaginative Play” (Jonathan Chapman)
    How can you bring the Jewish early childhood classroom to life through theater and play? This hands-on workshop will offer a range of techniques in the foundations of immersive theater, sensory storytelling, and imaginative play, while also unpacking how they can be utilized in the early childhood classroom. Participants will discover a variety of artistic tools that can be used across the curriculum to activate a story. Together, we’ll explore how to make Jewish tradition more accessible and dynamic for young learners and their families through theater and creative play.
  • “Nature vs. Nurture: Exploring Outdoor Learning” (Dr. Tamar Andrews)
    Let’s bring nature back INTO nurture. This workshop will focus entirely on the nature-deficit that our tech-laden society has promoted and instead, put nature back into our nurturing practices. Learn easy-to-implement methods that you can use both indoors and outdoors to support children’s development in the environments they love the most. Using found and natural materials, we will work together to develop schedules, activities, and more infused with the elements from which we were all created.
  • “Beyond Yom Ha’atzmaut: Bringing Israel into Your Early Childhood Classroom” (Sasha Kopp)
    Every year in early childhood Jewish settings, our young children learn about Israel. This year it’s going to feel different. Explore what you know about Israel, and how your assumptions and experiences impact your teaching. We will dive deeply to create a developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory approach to Israeli life and culture. You will leave this session with exciting, new ways to bring Israel into your classroom throughout the year, in ways that resonate with you, your children, and their families.
  • “Design Thinking for ECE Directors (Orna Siegel)
    Learn how to apply the principles of design thinking to your leadership. Throughout our time together, we will learn about and practice the steps of design thinking to solve the real-world problems you face as a director. We will play with ideas that will change the course of your work by mapping out ways to track successes and failures, use feedback and iteration to learn and hone your work to create a process for continual improvement.

Workshop Session 3 (Choose 1 from the following 8 Options)

  • “Building Resilience in Young Children” (Allison O’Hara/Lauren Schwartzberg- Gordon)
    This workshop will equip early childhood educators with simple, effective ways to promote resilience and emotional wellness in all young children. Attendees will learn age-specific classroom strategies to build children’s recognition, expression, and management of feelings. The presenter will share links to several free resources located on the Strong4Life ECE website including printable classroom materials, as well as tip sheets and self-care resources for teachers and families. During this session, we will:
    • Summarize foundational building blocks that promote resilience in all kids.
    • Outline the stages of emotional development in young children, starting at birth.
    • Explore how awareness, expression and management of feelings influence emotional development.
    • Discuss age-specific strategies and free resources that can be used in your daily work or shared with families.
  • “Building Resilience Through Individual and Collective Care: A Session for Your Own Wellbeing” (Nicole Weinstein)
    This session is designed with YOU, the teacher, in mind. Using tools and insights from the field of mental health, participants will engage in self-assessments for possible signs of burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Together we will learn helpful strategies for building resilience, so we can be our best for both ourselves and our learners.
  • “Blankets, Binkies, and Bottles” (Megg Thompson)

    Infant and toddler teachers rarely get workshops centered around the issues they have in their classrooms. What about the 3 B’s that represent love, safety, belonging, and emotions? How can we make sure the young children in our care feel safe and loved while letting them grow and mature?  These 3 B’s play a big part!

  • “Hands-On Provocations” (Jennifer Carvajal)

    Roll up your sleeves and dive deeper into the materials of children. Participants will rotate through open-ended, hands-on centers that will inspire them to incorporate new and interesting materials into their classrooms in intentional ways.  A final reflection will highlight modifications for different age groups and the benefits of open-ended play.

  • “K’ilu Classroom Adventures: Bringing the Passover Story to Life through Immersive Theater” (Jonathan Chapman)

    K’ilu Classroom Adventures offer teachers a way to bring Jewish holiday stories to life, transforming their classroom into interactive theatrical play spaces. The Adventure Curriculum (available for Hanukkah, Purim, and Passover) uses immersive audio design and participatory storytelling. Every child becomes part of the adventure, acting out the story as they learn the “why” behind the holiday tradition. This hands-on training will introduce participants to participatory immersive theater, and explore the ways this curriculum can be used in a variety of settings (Participants will receive complimentary access to the Passover Adventure kit).

  • “Nature vs. Nurture: Exploring Outdoor Learning” (Dr. Tamar Andrews)
    Let’s bring nature back INTO nurture. This workshop will focus entirely on the nature-deficit that our tech-laden society has promoted and instead, put nature back into our nurturing practices. Learn easy-to-implement methods that you can use both indoors and outdoors to support children’s development in the environments they love the most. Using found and natural materials, we will work together to develop schedules, activities, and more infused with the elements from which we were all created.
  • “Beyond Yom Ha’atzmaut: Bringing Israel into Your Early Childhood Classroom” (Sasha Kopp)
    Every year in early childhood Jewish settings, our young children learn about Israel. This year it’s going to feel different. Explore what you know about Israel, and how your assumptions and experiences impact your teaching. We will dive deeply to create a developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory approach to Israeli life and culture. You will leave this session with exciting, new ways to bring Israel into your classroom throughout the year, in ways that resonate with you, your children, and their families.
  • “Design Thinking for ECE Directors (Orna Siegel)
    Learn how to apply the principles of design thinking to your leadership. Throughout our time together, we will learn about and practice the steps of design thinking to solve the real-world problems you face as a director. We will play with ideas that will change the course of your work by mapping out ways to track successes and failures, use feedback and iteration to learn and hone your work to create a process for continual improvement.

Registration for this event is now closed. We hope to see you at another event soon!

Details

Date:
February 19
Time:
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Venue

Temple Sinai
5645 Dupree Dr NW
Sandy Springs, GA 30327 United States

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Location
Sandy Springs