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Shifting the Paradigm.

April 29 - May 1

Once again we will gather together to #shifttheparadigm in Jewish early childhood education. Are you ready to make a difference? 

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Sunday, April 29
 

1:00pm EDT

Playscape tour
Connecting children to nature is a vital part of our role as Jewish early childhood educators.  Please join us as we explore research into the relationship between children and nature and examine how we can create inspiring natural environments in our schools.  We will also offer a tour of the recently installed outdoor playscape at Temple Beth Ami Nursery School.

Presenters:
Paula Sayag, 
Early Childhood Director at Temple Beth Ami in Rockville
Jake Ifshin, a community organizer, green entrepreneur and educator based in Silver Spring, Maryland
Nancy Striniste, founder and principal designer at EarlySpace, LLC

  • The playscape tour is being held at Temple Beth Ami
  • The team will be there to welcome you at 1pm and the program will officially start at 1:30pm.
  • We will be providing snacks onsite during the playscape tour.  Dinner will be served at 7pm at Capital Camps.  
  • You will depart Temple Beth Ami at 4pm and make your way to Capital Retreat Camps.
  • Upon your arrival you will be greeted by our Welcome Team. You should have ample time to bring your belongings to your rooms. 
  • Our opening session will begin at 5:30pm. 


Airport Transportation:  Please gather at 11:30am next to BWI BAGGAGE CLAIM #10 (This is located on the lower level). We will board the bus at 11:45am sharp and head to Temple Beth Ami. After our Playscape Tour experience we will head directly to Capital Camp. PLEASE include your flight information and cell phone number by clicking here to link to the Google form or reply to my email, aeisenberg@jewishdallas.org. Here are the details:

    •      My cell 469-230-5857 (Please feel free to text me with any questions or concerns)
    •      We will meet at Baggage Claim #10 no later than 11:30am (I will be there by 11:15am)
    •       Make sure to eat lunch ahead of the tour (kosher snacks and drinks will be served on site)
    •       Arrive Temple Beth Ami @1:30pm: 14330 Travilah, Rockville, MD 20850
    •      Arrive Capital Camp @ 5:00pm: 12750 Buchanan Trail East, Waynesboro, PA 17268
    •      Should your travel experience cause you to be unable to meet the bus on time, please take land    transportation directly to Temple Beth Ami,(at your own cost), we will be leaving Temple Beth Ami to head to Capital Camp at 3:45pm. If your delayed arrival will not get you to the tour in time, please head directly to Capital Camp (at your own cost).
*Due to time restraints we are unable to delay our travel to Temple Beth Ami in event of delayed flights. Please send a text 469-230-5857 to keep me aware of your updated plan.

Speakers
avatar for Alyse Eisenberg

Alyse Eisenberg

Early Childhood Specialist & PJ Library Manager, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas


Sunday April 29, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Bus tour

3:00pm EDT

Jewish Lenses 101
Introduction to the worldview of the lenses - an important aspect of seamless Jewish life in our schools. A place where Jewish big ideas meet the Reggio Emilia big ideas.

What does it mean to wear a lens? Why are some schools working with the concept of seamless Judaism through these lenses? How can you create a systemic vision that emerges from Jewish values and is expressed in all aspects of the school: culture, values, decisions, relationships, curriculum and experiences?  How do lenses help you understand excellence in early childhood Jewish education?

If you ever wondered how to make Jewish life and values an important aspect of your work, come explore together! You will walk out with a new way of seeing and understanding the world of Jewish early childhood education.

This session is tailored to those who never heard about the lenses, briefly heard about them or would like a refresher of the basics.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Ganger

Diana Ganger

Coach and Consultant in Organizational and Educational settings, DG1818Consultant
Diana Ganger, M.S.W., works as a coach and consultant in Organizational and Educational settings. A long-time Jewish educator, she was a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and is a recipient of the 2008 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She made aliyah to... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin

Lead Consultant, Veronica Maravankin Consulting
Veronica Maravankin has served as the Early Childhood Director of the Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches for the past eleven years. Throughout her tenure Veronica, along with the school’s faculty and administration... Read More →



Sunday April 29, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Lodge Alef- Daled
  Sunday, Jewish Lenses
  • Please bring photos to share Participants are invited to bring one image of their school representing each of the lenses (a total of seven photos). Suggested, not mandatory.

3:00pm EDT

Voice of Nature
This meandering walk will take place on grounds of camp (not strenuous and no bushwhacking) and will focus on the amazing and wondrous plants and trees growing at camp.  This walk will bring alive the words of Jewish tradition that God created everything in nature with purpose (making it possible for Abraham to deduce there was a single Creator).  Participants will learn about edible and medicinal plants which flowers make tasty trail side treats, which plants treat poison ivy and mosquito bites.  Participants will discover the Hidden Secret of trees and learn an ancient Jewish rain dance.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabe Goldman

Dr. Gabe Goldman

Founder and Director, Outdoor Jewish Classroom
Dr. Gabe Goldman has been a Jewish educator since the 1970s—as a classroom teacher, community curriculum director, teacher trainer, school administrator, university professor and wilderness trip leader. Gabe is the founder and director of Outdoor Jewish Classroom and provides Jewish... Read More →



Sunday April 29, 2018 3:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Habima

5:30pm EDT

7:00pm EDT

Dinner
Sunday April 29, 2018 7:00pm - 7:45pm EDT
Dining Room

8:00pm EDT

Making a Good Campfire- Fire in Jewish Tradition (Night Sky Option)
One of the most important outdoor skills is knowing how to make a good and safe campfire.  Participants will learn the essentials of campfire building and safety.  Judaism is unique among ancient religions in its explanation of how humans acquired fire and it is this uniqueness that makes fire so special in Jewish life and tradition.  

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabe Goldman

Dr. Gabe Goldman

Founder and Director, Outdoor Jewish Classroom
Dr. Gabe Goldman has been a Jewish educator since the 1970s—as a classroom teacher, community curriculum director, teacher trainer, school administrator, university professor and wilderness trip leader. Gabe is the founder and director of Outdoor Jewish Classroom and provides Jewish... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
Fire Pit

8:00pm EDT

Pop Up Atelier: Plaster of Paris Part 1
Hands-on opportunities of the work we are talking about will be available to engage with each day, as some of our most talented practitioners will share invitations for learning that would make any child (or adult!) want to explore! Great ideas to bring back to your teams!

Speakers
DC

Debbi Cohen

Director of Operations, Moriah Early Childhood Center
avatar for Sheryl Seef

Sheryl Seef

Assistant Director, Pedagogista at Moriah Early Childhood Center
Sheryl began her career as an elementary school teacher. After her own children attended a Jewish early childhood program, she discovered her passion for Jewish early childhood education. Sheryl’s interest and experience in the development of Executive Function Skills emerged when... Read More →


Sunday April 29, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

8:00pm EDT

Reflecting on Practice
In this session, we will use collaborative processes to reflect together on who we are as educators – why we do this work, what we believe in and what makes our hearts sing.

Speakers
avatar for Gene Thompson-Grove

Gene Thompson-Grove

Consultant - Facilitator - Coach, Transformation Learning for Equity and Excellence
Gene Thompson-Grove is currently a full-time consultant and coach who works with schools and districts nationally on building the capacity for transformational learning. She has more than 35 years of experience working with colleagues on creating equity-focused intentional learning... Read More →



Sunday April 29, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
6B

8:00pm EDT

Resource Library *Open throughout the conference
Wanna chat with fellow #shifters? The boardroom will be open throughout the conference! Grab a coffee or a snack and pull up a chair to the table.

Sunday April 29, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Board Room

8:00pm EDT

Woodworking with Children
Enjoy working with your hands and seeing something created right in front of you? Join Wakefield Workshops to experience woodworking! Make sure to bring your apron (which will be provided upon arrival) to create your very own Paradigm wooden sign.

Speakers
avatar for Wakefield Workshops

Wakefield Workshops

Two craft mamas specializing in on-site paint parties for team building or a fun night with friends and family!


Sunday April 29, 2018 8:00pm - 9:30pm EDT
Patio/Library Nook

9:00pm EDT

Challah on a Stick
Join Kat to bake challah on a stick over the fire pit!

Speakers
KH

Kat Horion

Lead Teacher/Nature Presenter, Jewish Creative Preschool


Sunday April 29, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Fire Pit
 
Monday, April 30
 

7:00am EDT

Israeli Dances for Non-Israeli Dancers *Music will be played
I like to move it, move it!

Start your morning with up-beat Israeli music of today and the past. Simple line dances, partner and circle dances with very few instruction. It's all about moving and having fun. If you make a mistake, WHO CARES, we are here to enjoy movement, get the body in motion and celebrate Israel while exercising!

If you are an avid dancer you are welcome also , but no previous dance experience is necessary! Come enjoy and start off your morning with a smile.

Speakers
avatar for Silvio Berlfein

Silvio Berlfein

creator, Who Thought of That
Silvio Berlfein is creator of Who Thought of That. Creative thinker and doer. Bringing surprise interventions in events through a creative lens.


Monday April 30, 2018 7:00am - 7:45am EDT
Lobby

7:30am EDT

Breakfast
Monday April 30, 2018 7:30am - 8:15am EDT
Dining Room

8:30am EDT

Discovering the Wonders of Nature
This meandering walk will take place on grounds of camp (not strenuous and no bushwhacking) and will focus on the amazing and wondrous plants and trees growing at camp.  This walk will bring alive the words of Jewish tradition that “God created everything in nature with purpose” (making it possible for Abraham to deduce there was a single Creator).  Participants will learn about edible and medicinal plants – which flowers make tasty trailside treats, which plants treat poison ivy and mosquito bites.  Participants will discover the Hidden Secret of trees and learn an ancient Jewish rain “dance.”      

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabe Goldman

Dr. Gabe Goldman

Founder and Director, Outdoor Jewish Classroom
Dr. Gabe Goldman has been a Jewish educator since the 1970s—as a classroom teacher, community curriculum director, teacher trainer, school administrator, university professor and wilderness trip leader. Gabe is the founder and director of Outdoor Jewish Classroom and provides Jewish... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Habima

8:30am EDT

Disruptive Moments, Intentional Messages, Powerful Narratives
All moments are not created equal- that is the mantra of this session. The session focuses on
understanding the value of intentional language through the lens of disruptive moments in a
child’s day. How do the messages we send during critical moments affect a child’s narrative? We
will examine our own narratives and reflect upon the messages we received in our own
disruptive moments. Working together, we will identify disruptive moments that occur every day
within our classrooms and find ways to create disruptive moments. Finally, we will emphasize
strong relationships as the best vehicles for intentional messages that develop truly powerful
narratives.

Speakers
avatar for Kavita Brahmbhatt

Kavita Brahmbhatt

2's Teacher, Ahava Early Learning Center
My name is Kavita Brahmbhatt and I am thrilled to come back to the 2018 Paradigm Project, this time as a presenter. I teach at Ahava Early Learning Center in Atlanta, GA , a Reggio inspired Jewish Early Childhood center. I am excited to be part of a program that has committed itself... Read More →
avatar for Erin Patricia Johnson

Erin Patricia Johnson

2's Teacher, Ahava Early Learning Center
My name is Erin Patricia Johnson and I’m traveling to Paradigm Project 2018 from Ahava Early Learning Center, a Reggio-inspired/constructivist in Atlanta, GA. While I spent the last year and a half as a 2s teacher, I recently looped up with some of my students creating a new 3-5s... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Meeting Room 4

8:30am EDT

The Dignity of Our Differences: Transforming Your School to Welcoming All Learners
Transforming your school to welcoming all learners.
In a society where the norms and expectations are “one size fits all” but the reality is different, how do we transform our schools to welcome all learners? In this workshop, we will share with educators the Barbara and Jack Kay ECLC journey towards becoming an inclusion school and the reasons why inclusion is a must and not an option. How do we start? Who are the diverse learners? How do we partner with families? How do we make inclusion a success process?

Speakers
avatar for Miryam Buchler

Miryam Buchler

Assistant Director, Barbara and Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center
Miryam Buchler was born and raised in Morocco. At the age of 17, she moved to New York to earn a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and later on a Master's degree in Special Education. Miryam's experience encompasses teaching typically and atypically developing children... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin

Lead Consultant, Veronica Maravankin Consulting
Veronica Maravankin has served as the Early Childhood Director of the Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches for the past eleven years. Throughout her tenure Veronica, along with the school’s faculty and administration... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Lodge Alef- Hay

8:30am EDT

The Reggio Approach from an Artist’s Perspective
Are you overwhelmed by the art materials in your atelier or classroom? This workshop is designed to empower educators to think like artists. Whether in the atelier, the classroom, or just in a way to think outside the box, participants will work collaboratively to explore different ways to share children’s work and how to make it meaningful.

Speakers
RG

Rena Grosser

Teacher, Bernard Zell
Rena Grosser was thrilled to join the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School community as a member of the Nursery team in 2015. She has a background in art therapy and experience in teaching art appreciation with Nusery and Junior Kindergarten students. Rena grew up in Skokie and currently... Read More →
avatar for Turhan Karabey

Turhan Karabey

Assistant Center Director, Jewish Council for Youth Services
After teaching at JCYS’s Lakeview center for 11 years, Turhan joined the leadership team at JCYS Wicker Park and played an integral role in opening the center in August 2016. Turhan passionately believes in a Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum based on cooperative, play-based... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
6A

8:30am EDT

Why Use Protocols? Part I
Many educators use protocols as they engage in collaborative learning in various settings, such as teacher teams, book groups, study groups, professional learning communities, faculty meetings, leadership teams, and many others. Often, however, the protocols are used as an end in themselves, without a compelling purpose.  This session will provide participants the opportunity to explore the question “why use protocols?” to connect their use to larger purposes such as educational equity and to match specific protocols to the learning and/or work to be accomplished. We will practice using protocols throughout the session.

Speakers
avatar for Gene Thompson-Grove

Gene Thompson-Grove

Consultant - Facilitator - Coach, Transformation Learning for Equity and Excellence
Gene Thompson-Grove is currently a full-time consultant and coach who works with schools and districts nationally on building the capacity for transformational learning. She has more than 35 years of experience working with colleagues on creating equity-focused intentional learning... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
6B

8:30am EDT

Pop Up Atelier
Hands-on opportunities of the work we are talking about will be available to engage with each day, as some of our most talented practitioners will share invitations for learning that would make any child (or adult!) want to explore! Great ideas to bring back to your teams!

Speakers
avatar for Alyse Eisenberg

Alyse Eisenberg

Early Childhood Specialist & PJ Library Manager, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas


Monday April 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

8:30am EDT

Woodworking
Enjoy working with your hands and seeing something created right in front of you? Join Wakefield Workshops to experience woodworking! Make sure to bring your apron (which will be provided upon arrival) to create your very own Paradigm wooden sign.

Speakers
avatar for Wakefield Workshops

Wakefield Workshops

Two craft mamas specializing in on-site paint parties for team building or a fun night with friends and family!


Monday April 30, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Patio/Library Nook

10:00am EDT

Break
Monday April 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Open

10:00am EDT

Aleph Bet Yoga
Take a break from the intense work and “move it, move it.”  


Speakers
avatar for Tracey Perchick

Tracey Perchick

ECE Director, The Pre-school at Temple Emanuel


Monday April 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Meeting Room 3

10:00am EDT

Networking-Israel Communities of Practice
Wanna chat with fellow #shifters? The boardroom will be open throughout the conference! Grab a coffee or a snack and pull up a chair to the table.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Hartman

Anna Hartman

Director, Paradigm Project & Jewish United Fund


Monday April 30, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Board Room

10:30am EDT

Chocolate-Covered Inquiry
Many of us have had a life-long love affair with chocolate. But what do we know about it? In this workshop, we will use the inquiry stance to discover our questions, and even have some of them answered!

Speakers
avatar for Lyndall Miller

Lyndall Miller

Director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), JECELI
Lyndall Miller, M.A.Ed., M.A.J.Ed., M.S.Ed., is the Director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), which is an intensive professional development initiative for early-career directors and teacher leaders initiated in 2011. At this time, Lyndall is... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Lodge Alef- Hay

10:30am EDT

Intentional Morning Meetings: Creating Community through Shared Values
As teachers, we are sharing a system of values with our students every day.  When approached intentionally, the values we uphold in our classroom can continue to support our students as they move forward in school, and, hopefully, as they interact with their community and the world around them.  In this presentation, we will discuss the ways in which we see Democratic and Jewish values overlap, and explore how we reinforce these values through our daily morning meeting-you may know this time of day as “Circle-time” or “Group-time”.  How do we give our students a “voice” (a say in things) and a sense of “agency” (the capacity to make choices)?  How might honoring these rights in our classroom help to prepare our students for elementary, middle, high school, or even college? This interactive session will include examples from the presenters' classroom of three and four year olds, and provide an interactive space to brainstorm ideas for your own classroom and routine.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kleinschmidt

Julie Kleinschmidt

three to four year old classroom, Boulder JCC
JULIA MCGAREY and JULIE KLEINSCHMIDT are a teaching team in the three to four year old classroom at the Boulder JCC. Julie has a Master’s in Education and Human Development with a concentration in early childhood, and has been at the JCC for two years. She began her teaching career... Read More →
avatar for Julia Mcgarey

Julia Mcgarey

Teacher, three to four year old, Boulder JCC
JULIA MCGAREY and JULIE KLEINSCHMIDT are a teaching team in the three to four year old classroom at the Boulder JCC. Julia has a Master’s in Education and Human Development with a concentration in early literacy, and has also been at the JCC for two years. She is a former secondary... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Meeting Room 4

10:30am EDT

Lenses - Masa & Drash
An in-depth study of how the lenses of Masa – journey - and Drash – inquiry, dialogue and reflection - can guide everyday experiences in our schools.

We will work to understand how these lenses provide a framework to guide and invite quality work.

We will explore how these lenses live through: a shared vision, life-long learning, listening, observing, documenting, reflecting, inquiry and interpretation.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Ganger

Diana Ganger

Coach and Consultant in Organizational and Educational settings, DG1818Consultant
Diana Ganger, M.S.W., works as a coach and consultant in Organizational and Educational settings. A long-time Jewish educator, she was a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and is a recipient of the 2008 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She made aliyah to... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin

Lead Consultant, Veronica Maravankin Consulting
Veronica Maravankin has served as the Early Childhood Director of the Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches for the past eleven years. Throughout her tenure Veronica, along with the school’s faculty and administration... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Lodge Alef- Daled
  Monday, Jewish Lenses
  • Please bring photos to share Participants are invited to bring one image of their school representing each of the lenses (a total of seven photos). Suggested, not mandatory.

10:30am EDT

Protocols- Part Two
Part Two. Many educators use protocols as they engage in collaborative learning in various settings, such as teacher teams, book groups, study groups, professional learning communities, faculty meetings, leadership teams, and many others. Often, however, the protocols are used as an end in themselves, without a compelling purpose.  This session will provide participants the opportunity to explore the question “why use protocols?” to connect their use to larger purposes such as educational equity and to match specific protocols to the learning and/or work to be accomplished. We will practice using protocols throughout the session.

Speakers
avatar for Gene Thompson-Grove

Gene Thompson-Grove

Consultant - Facilitator - Coach, Transformation Learning for Equity and Excellence
Gene Thompson-Grove is currently a full-time consultant and coach who works with schools and districts nationally on building the capacity for transformational learning. She has more than 35 years of experience working with colleagues on creating equity-focused intentional learning... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
6B

10:30am EDT

Small World Exploration
Small World is a wonderful tool for self regulation, creativity, storytelling, classroom management, early literacy, and so much more.  In addition to learning about the benefits of this creative play, attendees will have the opportunity to craft some Small World pieces, play with Small World loose parts, and learn to think like a Small World creator.  

Speakers
avatar for Alison Yaker

Alison Yaker

Preschool Teacher, Temple Beth Shalom Children's Center
I believe in supporting the whole child and strive to discover the unique gifts that each child and each family bring.  I have been a preschool teacher at Temple Beth Shalom Children's Center since August of 2016, co teaching a class of three year olds.  Before that, while I was... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
6A

10:30am EDT

Pop Up Atelier: Observational Drawing
Hands-on opportunities of the work we are talking about will be available to engage with each day, as some of our most talented practitioners will share invitations for learning that would make any child (or adult!) want to explore! Great ideas to bring back to your teams!

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Lebowitz

Melissa Lebowitz

Preschool Director, Beth Tfiloh PreSchool
avatar for Stephanie Ziman

Stephanie Ziman

Preschool Teacher-4's, Beth Tfiloh Preschool
I am a 4's teacher at Beth Tfiloh Preschool in Baltimore, Maryland. Next school year will be my 12th year teaching there. It will also be my first year with my added role as the "art consultant" or "studio teacher" for the preschool. Looking for any advice and ideas, etc!! I have... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

10:30am EDT

Woodworking
Enjoy working with your hands and seeing something created right in front of you? Join Wakefield Workshops to experience woodworking! Make sure to bring your apron (which will be provided upon arrival) to create your very own Paradigm wooden sign.

Speakers
avatar for Wakefield Workshops

Wakefield Workshops

Two craft mamas specializing in on-site paint parties for team building or a fun night with friends and family!


Monday April 30, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Patio/Library Nook

12:15pm EDT

Lunch
Monday April 30, 2018 12:15pm - 1:15pm EDT
Dining Room

1:30pm EDT

Executive Function for Today’s Student and Tomorrow’s Leader
As we continue to learn about brain development in the early years, we recognize the critical importance of developing executive function skills in young children. Come learn how our classrooms already function in building these significant skills and how we can intentionally shift, add or change things in our practice to best support executive function growth and development. Sheryl will share lots of stories and real-life examples to engage you. You will leave this session with many ideas and information to share with colleagues and parents.

Speakers
avatar for Sheryl Seef

Sheryl Seef

Assistant Director, Pedagogista at Moriah Early Childhood Center
Sheryl began her career as an elementary school teacher. After her own children attended a Jewish early childhood program, she discovered her passion for Jewish early childhood education. Sheryl’s interest and experience in the development of Executive Function Skills emerged when... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
6B

1:30pm EDT

Fox Walking and Animal Tracks
Fox walking is an ancient way of stealth-walking that is intentional, silent and can be done barefoot without any fear of hurting oneself.  Fox walking makes it possible to look to the left and the right, to look overhead, as you walk.  It is also an amazing cure for back pain.  This technique requires only a few minutes to learn through non-competitive games. Participants will also learn how to “read” deer tracks and use animal tracks to teach about predators, prey and kosher animals. As an added bonus, participants will learn the value of deer ears and how to make them.    

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabe Goldman

Dr. Gabe Goldman

Founder and Director, Outdoor Jewish Classroom
Dr. Gabe Goldman has been a Jewish educator since the 1970s—as a classroom teacher, community curriculum director, teacher trainer, school administrator, university professor and wilderness trip leader. Gabe is the founder and director of Outdoor Jewish Classroom and provides Jewish... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Habima

1:30pm EDT

Teaching for the Moment
So much of teaching is improvisational. So many meaningful moments come from the unexpected, that which takes us by surprise. Finding a ladybug in the garden, for example, can lead to a myriad of questions, observations, conversations, songs, stories, games, etc. This is the heart of emergent curriculum.  But do we know how to intentionally create and allow space for the unexpected? Can we recognize the moments that amaze the child? Do we know how to expand a single moment into more moments for organic inquiry? Do we know how to slow down? When and how to change our plan? Or are we burnt out from the day to day? Are we spending most of our day supporting children through conflict resolution? Are we just trying to get children from one scheduled activity to the next? How can we create a classroom that embraces spontaneous opportunities for learning? How can we plan for the unplanned? How can we teach not only in the moment, but for the moment? 

Speakers
avatar for Liza Sparks

Liza Sparks

a teacher, Boulder JCC Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center
Liza Sparks is a teacher at the Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center in Boulder, Colorado. She currently teaches in a three-year-old classroom. Liza received her Master’s in Community Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education from Goddard College in Plainfield... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
6A

1:30pm EDT

The Golden Circle - The Why, the How and the What of Early Childhood Education
As educators or leaders in our settings, we are charged with inspiring our children or staffs to embrace approaches to learning that engage children’s hearts and minds and communicating to families the learning that occurs in our schools. All of us know what is taught; however, few of us pause to consider why we teach what we teach. If we take the time to think about and articulate the why, chances are we will be forced the revisit the how: the way we educate our children. In schools that begin with the why, understanding takes the center stage of their educational goal, and consequently children develop the necessary skills to not only navigate and survive in the world but to thrive in the 21st century and be joyful and productive members of it. If you are a classroom educator, come explore how can you shift your curriculum planning; if you are a leader, come explore how you can shift your framework for communicating with educators and families through this new lens, based on Simon Sinek’s “Golden Circle.”

Speakers
avatar for Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin

Lead Consultant, Veronica Maravankin Consulting
Veronica Maravankin has served as the Early Childhood Director of the Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches for the past eleven years. Throughout her tenure Veronica, along with the school’s faculty and administration... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Lodge Alef- Hay

1:30pm EDT

The Seven-Headed Serpent in the Beit Midrash
The Talmud provides us with rich stories that teach multiple, and sometimes contradictory, lessons. Together we will look at a remarkable and complex story that is found in Kiddushin about a seven-headed serpent in the study house. Yes, it is really in the Talmud! No knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is required, and we will spend a little time locating this story in traditional literature.

Speakers
avatar for Lyndall Miller

Lyndall Miller

Director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), JECELI
Lyndall Miller, M.A.Ed., M.A.J.Ed., M.S.Ed., is the Director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), which is an intensive professional development initiative for early-career directors and teacher leaders initiated in 2011. At this time, Lyndall is... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Meeting Room 4

1:30pm EDT

Pop Up Atelier: Clay
Hands-on opportunities of the work we are talking about will be available to engage with each day, as some of our most talented practitioners will share invitations for learning that would make any child (or adult!) want to explore! Great ideas to bring back to your teams!

Speakers
RG

Rena Grosser

Teacher, Bernard Zell
Rena Grosser was thrilled to join the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School community as a member of the Nursery team in 2015. She has a background in art therapy and experience in teaching art appreciation with Nusery and Junior Kindergarten students. Rena grew up in Skokie and currently... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

1:30pm EDT

Woodworking
Enjoy working with your hands and seeing something created right in front of you? Join Wakefield Workshops to experience woodworking! Make sure to bring your apron (which will be provided upon arrival) to create your very own Paradigm wooden sign.

Speakers
avatar for Wakefield Workshops

Wakefield Workshops

Two craft mamas specializing in on-site paint parties for team building or a fun night with friends and family!


Monday April 30, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT
Patio/Library Nook

3:00pm EDT

Break
Monday April 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Open

3:00pm EDT

Networking-Limmud Tea Time
Wanna chat with fellow #shifters? The boardroom will be open throughout the conference! Grab a coffee or a snack and pull up a chair to the table.

Speakers
avatar for Aliza Plotkin

Aliza Plotkin

Consultant, Houston Reggio Inspires


Monday April 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
Board Room

3:30pm EDT

Mindfulness/Meditation
Take a break from the intense work and “move it, move it.”  

Speakers
AN

Anne Norris

Mentor & Teacher of four year olds


Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm EDT
Meeting Room 3

3:30pm EDT

Israeli Dance Is for ECE Too! (and you don’t have to be a dancer to teach it) *Music will be played
Using dances created especially for ECE, see how you can have your children experience Israel and the Jewish holidays thru dance.
An engaging , dynamic, hands-on session where you will leave with the tools to teach these dances and have access to all the music of the dances.

Speakers
avatar for Silvio Berlfein

Silvio Berlfein

creator, Who Thought of That
Silvio Berlfein is creator of Who Thought of That. Creative thinker and doer. Bringing surprise interventions in events through a creative lens.


Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Dining Room

3:30pm EDT

Classroom Climate Change: The Role of the Teacher in Creating an Innovative, Welcoming and Inclusive Environment
Speakers
avatar for Rena Rosen

Rena Rosen

early childhood educator, JCC Chicago
Rena Rosen is a long time JCC Chicago early childhood educator, co author of "The Courage to Be Kind", The Courage to be Kind is a groundbreaking children’s book that teaches children and the adults who care for them how to appropriately navigate interactions with individuals who... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
6B

3:30pm EDT

Disruptive Moments, Intentional Messages, Powerful Narratives
All moments are not created equal- that is the mantra of this session. The session focuses on
understanding the value of intentional language through the lens of disruptive moments in a
child’s day. How do the messages we send during critical moments affect a child’s narrative? We
will examine our own narratives and reflect upon the messages we received in our own
disruptive moments. Working together, we will identify disruptive moments that occur every day
within our classrooms and find ways to create disruptive moments. Finally, we will emphasize
strong relationships as the best vehicles for intentional messages that develop truly powerful
narratives.

Speakers
avatar for Kavita Brahmbhatt

Kavita Brahmbhatt

2's Teacher, Ahava Early Learning Center
My name is Kavita Brahmbhatt and I am thrilled to come back to the 2018 Paradigm Project, this time as a presenter. I teach at Ahava Early Learning Center in Atlanta, GA , a Reggio inspired Jewish Early Childhood center. I am excited to be part of a program that has committed itself... Read More →
avatar for Erin Patricia Johnson

Erin Patricia Johnson

2's Teacher, Ahava Early Learning Center
My name is Erin Patricia Johnson and I’m traveling to Paradigm Project 2018 from Ahava Early Learning Center, a Reggio-inspired/constructivist in Atlanta, GA. While I spent the last year and a half as a 2s teacher, I recently looped up with some of my students creating a new 3-5s... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Meeting Room 4

3:30pm EDT

Lenses - Tzelem Elokim
This is an in-depth study of how the lens Tzelem Elokim – Divine Image - can guide every day experiences in our schools. We will work to understand how this lens provides a framework to guide and invite quality work.

We will explore how this lens lives through: dignity, recognition of strengths and potential in every member of our school; children, educators, families and community at large.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Ganger

Diana Ganger

Coach and Consultant in Organizational and Educational settings, DG1818Consultant
Diana Ganger, M.S.W., works as a coach and consultant in Organizational and Educational settings. A long-time Jewish educator, she was a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and is a recipient of the 2008 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She made aliyah to... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin

Lead Consultant, Veronica Maravankin Consulting
Veronica Maravankin has served as the Early Childhood Director of the Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches for the past eleven years. Throughout her tenure Veronica, along with the school’s faculty and administration... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Lodge Alef- Daled
  Monday, Jewish Lenses
  • Please bring photos to share Participants are invited to bring one image of their school representing each of the lenses (a total of seven photos). Suggested, not mandatory.

3:30pm EDT

Not Just Cute: The Power of Play
In the first 3 years of life, a child's brain undergoes an impressive growth and by age 3, it is about 80% developed. How do children, through play, develop the skills they will need for life and how do we, educators, support their development. This workshop will talk about the role “play” plays in child's various areas of development and will provide a framework for educators to think about what a curriculum for infants and toddlers would look like in a developmentally appropriate setting.

Speakers
avatar for Miryam Buchler

Miryam Buchler

Assistant Director, Barbara and Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center
Miryam Buchler was born and raised in Morocco. At the age of 17, she moved to New York to earn a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and later on a Master's degree in Special Education. Miryam's experience encompasses teaching typically and atypically developing children... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Lodge Alef- Hay

3:30pm EDT

The Reggio Approach from an Artist's Perspective
Are you overwhelmed by the art materials in your atelier or classroom? This workshop is designed to empower educators to think like artists. Whether in the atelier, the classroom, or just in a way to think outside the box, participants will work collaboratively to explore different ways to share children’s work and how to make it meaningful.

Speakers
RG

Rena Grosser

Teacher, Bernard Zell
Rena Grosser was thrilled to join the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School community as a member of the Nursery team in 2015. She has a background in art therapy and experience in teaching art appreciation with Nusery and Junior Kindergarten students. Rena grew up in Skokie and currently... Read More →
avatar for Turhan Karabey

Turhan Karabey

Assistant Center Director, Jewish Council for Youth Services
After teaching at JCYS’s Lakeview center for 11 years, Turhan joined the leadership team at JCYS Wicker Park and played an integral role in opening the center in August 2016. Turhan passionately believes in a Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum based on cooperative, play-based... Read More →



Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
6A

3:30pm EDT

Pop Up Atelier: Plaster of Paris Part 2
Hands-on opportunities of the work we are talking about will be available to engage with each day, as some of our most talented practitioners will share invitations for learning that would make any child (or adult!) want to explore! Great ideas to bring back to your teams!

Speakers
DC

Debbi Cohen

Director of Operations, Moriah Early Childhood Center
avatar for Sheryl Seef

Sheryl Seef

Assistant Director, Pedagogista at Moriah Early Childhood Center
Sheryl began her career as an elementary school teacher. After her own children attended a Jewish early childhood program, she discovered her passion for Jewish early childhood education. Sheryl’s interest and experience in the development of Executive Function Skills emerged when... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

3:30pm EDT

Woodworking
Enjoy working with your hands and seeing something created right in front of you? Join Wakefield Workshops to experience woodworking! Make sure to bring your apron (which will be provided upon arrival) to create your very own Paradigm wooden sign.

Speakers
avatar for Wakefield Workshops

Wakefield Workshops

Two craft mamas specializing in on-site paint parties for team building or a fun night with friends and family!


Monday April 30, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Patio/Library Nook

5:00pm EDT

Break
Monday April 30, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Open

5:00pm EDT

Networking- Reggio Communities of Practice and Study Travel
Wanna chat with fellow #shifters? The boardroom will be open throughout the conference! Grab a coffee or a snack and pull up a chair to the table.

Speakers
SS

Sharon Sherry

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST, The Jewish Federation


Monday April 30, 2018 5:00pm - 5:30pm EDT
Board Room

5:30pm EDT

7:15pm EDT

Dinner
Monday April 30, 2018 7:15pm - 8:00pm EDT
Dining Room

8:15pm EDT

StoryTime
Night offers its own special opportunities to experience the outdoors.   We will spend this time enjoying the night sky, learning to identify easy to find constellations; learning to use the night sky to locate direction, and exploring the many ways the moon and stars are portrayed in Jewish myth and tradition.  (Did you know the ancient Israelites did not see the Big Dipper?)  Perhaps we will see a UFO (or at least discuss traditional Judaism’s views about extraterrestrial life). Participants will also have the opportunity to do a solo-silent sit where they will walk a short distance away from others and find a place to sit, and listen, and breathe, and be themselves.  There is also a good possibility that we will see several meteors from the Pereid meteor shower.      

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabe Goldman

Dr. Gabe Goldman

Founder and Director, Outdoor Jewish Classroom
Dr. Gabe Goldman has been a Jewish educator since the 1970s—as a classroom teacher, community curriculum director, teacher trainer, school administrator, university professor and wilderness trip leader. Gabe is the founder and director of Outdoor Jewish Classroom and provides Jewish... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 8:15pm - 8:30pm EDT
Fire Pit

8:15pm EDT

PJ Goes To School Open House
Are you curious about PJ Goes To School?  Come join us to learn more!


Monday April 30, 2018 8:15pm - 9:15pm EDT
Dining Room Lower Level

8:15pm EDT

Movie Night: The Beginning of Life: One of the biggest discoveries in neuroscience is: When a person is born, it is not just a genetic load.
We are formed by our genetics, combined with our relationship with everything around us. Be - The Beginning of Life investigates what separates us and what is essential to all of us, how we can create a better society by investing in the first years of our lives.

Monday April 30, 2018 8:15pm - 10:00pm EDT
Meeting Room 3

8:15pm EDT

Playing While Connecting and Connecting While Playing *Music will be played
Do you want to leave with more meaningful connections? Engage with participants in different ways and have fun at the same time? Take activities back to your school as well?

In this session Silvio, who entertains while he educates, will engage you through activities with body percussion, music, movement and games. You will learn more about the participants in a fun and non- threatening manner. You may be taken just a little out of your comfort zone, but it will be okay.

Speakers
avatar for Silvio Berlfein

Silvio Berlfein

creator, Who Thought of That
Silvio Berlfein is creator of Who Thought of That. Creative thinker and doer. Bringing surprise interventions in events through a creative lens.


Monday April 30, 2018 8:15pm - 10:00pm EDT
6B

8:15pm EDT

Sangria Bar and Mingle
Monday April 30, 2018 8:15pm - 10:00pm EDT
Lobby/Patio

8:15pm EDT

Networking- Atelieristas Unite
Wanna chat with fellow #shifters? The boardroom will be open throughout the conference! Grab a coffee or a snack and pull up a chair to the table.

Speakers
RG

Rena Grosser

Teacher, Bernard Zell
Rena Grosser was thrilled to join the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School community as a member of the Nursery team in 2015. She has a background in art therapy and experience in teaching art appreciation with Nusery and Junior Kindergarten students. Rena grew up in Skokie and currently... Read More →
avatar for Turhan Karabey

Turhan Karabey

Assistant Center Director, Jewish Council for Youth Services
After teaching at JCYS’s Lakeview center for 11 years, Turhan joined the leadership team at JCYS Wicker Park and played an integral role in opening the center in August 2016. Turhan passionately believes in a Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum based on cooperative, play-based... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 8:15pm - 10:00pm EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

8:15pm EDT

Pop Up Atelier: Layered Canvas-Paint
Hands-on opportunities of the work we are talking about will be available to engage with each day, as some of our most talented practitioners will share invitations for learning that would make any child (or adult!) want to explore! Great ideas to bring back to your teams!

Speakers
RG

Rena Grosser

Teacher, Bernard Zell
Rena Grosser was thrilled to join the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School community as a member of the Nursery team in 2015. She has a background in art therapy and experience in teaching art appreciation with Nusery and Junior Kindergarten students. Rena grew up in Skokie and currently... Read More →
avatar for Turhan Karabey

Turhan Karabey

Assistant Center Director, Jewish Council for Youth Services
After teaching at JCYS’s Lakeview center for 11 years, Turhan joined the leadership team at JCYS Wicker Park and played an integral role in opening the center in August 2016. Turhan passionately believes in a Reggio-inspired, emergent curriculum based on cooperative, play-based... Read More →


Monday April 30, 2018 8:15pm - 10:00pm EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

8:15pm EDT

Woodworking
Enjoy working with your hands and seeing something created right in front of you? Join Wakefield Workshops to experience woodworking! Make sure to bring your apron (which will be provided upon arrival) to create your very own Paradigm wooden sign.

Speakers
avatar for Wakefield Workshops

Wakefield Workshops

Two craft mamas specializing in on-site paint parties for team building or a fun night with friends and family!


Monday April 30, 2018 8:15pm - 10:00pm EDT
Patio/Library Nook

9:00pm EDT

Sing Along * Live music will be played
Speakers
RM

Rachel Mylan

Program Director, Jewish Education and Engagement, JUF


Monday April 30, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm EDT
Fire Pit
 
Tuesday, May 1
 

7:00am EDT

Israeli Dances for Non-Israeli Dancers *Music will be played
I like to move it, move it!

Start your morning with up-beat Israeli music of today and the past. Simple line dances, partner and circle dances with very few instruction. It's all about moving and having fun. If you make a mistake, WHO CARES, we are here to enjoy movement, get the body in motion and celebrate Israel while exercising!

If you are an avid dancer you are welcome also , but no previous dance experience is necessary! Come enjoy and start off your morning with a smile.

Speakers
avatar for Silvio Berlfein

Silvio Berlfein

creator, Who Thought of That
Silvio Berlfein is creator of Who Thought of That. Creative thinker and doer. Bringing surprise interventions in events through a creative lens.


Tuesday May 1, 2018 7:00am - 7:45am EDT
Lobby

7:30am EDT

Breakfast
Tuesday May 1, 2018 7:30am - 8:15am EDT
Dining Room

8:30am EDT

Pop Up Atelier: Intentional Intentions: Metal Embossing
Choose the middah (intention) that you would like to bring into your life and educational practice. Then use metal embossing tools to create a necklace, bracelet, or backpack tag to use as a daily reminder to weave the middah into your life.

Pop Up Ateliers are Hands-on opportunities of the work we are talking about will be available to engage with each day, as some of our most talented practitioners will share invitations for learning that would make any child (or adult!) want to explore! Great ideas to bring back to your teams!

Speakers
avatar for Ellen Dietrick

Ellen Dietrick

Director of Early Childhood Learning, Temple Beth Shalom
Ellen Dietrick holds a masters in education from the University of Virginia.  Before arriving at TBS she spent ten years directing the early childhood program at Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She is also the author of the children's book It's Israel's Birthday, featuring... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

8:30am EDT

Classroom Climate Change: The Role of the Teacher in Creating an Innovative, Welcoming, and Inclusive Environment
Speakers
avatar for Rena Rosen

Rena Rosen

early childhood educator, JCC Chicago
Rena Rosen is a long time JCC Chicago early childhood educator, co author of "The Courage to Be Kind", The Courage to be Kind is a groundbreaking children’s book that teaches children and the adults who care for them how to appropriately navigate interactions with individuals who... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
6B

8:30am EDT

Hot Topics
This interactive workshop will allow participants to think about the image of the child. Through interactive discussions we will analyze some of the common language we use with children and understand the social emotional implications behind every word we use and every action we take. Some of these examples include “sit criss cross apple sauce”, “be careful”, “we don't hit”, “line up by the door”, “you're ok” etc.

Speakers
avatar for Miryam Buchler

Miryam Buchler

Assistant Director, Barbara and Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center
Miryam Buchler was born and raised in Morocco. At the age of 17, she moved to New York to earn a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and later on a Master's degree in Special Education. Miryam's experience encompasses teaching typically and atypically developing children... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Lodge Alef- Hay

8:30am EDT

Lenses – Kedusha and Hitorerut
This is an in-depth study of how the lenses of Kedusha – Holiness, in time and in space, and Hitorerut – Awakening – can guide everyday experiences in our schools. We will work to understand how these lenses provide a framework to guide and invite quality work.

We will explore how these lenses live through intentionality and presence, and amazement and gratitude. We will study how the setup of environments and the use of time can infuse our days with added significance and what kind of experiences can be cultivated when these lenses are lived.

Speakers
avatar for Diana Ganger

Diana Ganger

Coach and Consultant in Organizational and Educational settings, DG1818Consultant
Diana Ganger, M.S.W., works as a coach and consultant in Organizational and Educational settings. A long-time Jewish educator, she was a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and is a recipient of the 2008 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She made aliyah to... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin

Lead Consultant, Veronica Maravankin Consulting
Veronica Maravankin has served as the Early Childhood Director of the Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches for the past eleven years. Throughout her tenure Veronica, along with the school’s faculty and administration... Read More →



Tuesday May 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Lodge Alef- Daled
  Tuesday, Jewish Lenses
  • Please bring photos to share Participants are invited to bring one image of their school representing each of the lenses (a total of seven photos). Suggested, not mandatory.

8:30am EDT

Shacharit Wonder Walk
Join Gabe for a morning prayer walk around camp. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabe Goldman

Dr. Gabe Goldman

Founder and Director, Outdoor Jewish Classroom
Dr. Gabe Goldman has been a Jewish educator since the 1970s—as a classroom teacher, community curriculum director, teacher trainer, school administrator, university professor and wilderness trip leader. Gabe is the founder and director of Outdoor Jewish Classroom and provides Jewish... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Habima

8:30am EDT

Small World Explorations
Small World is a wonderful tool for self regulation, creativity, storytelling, classroom management, early literacy, and so much more.  In addition to learning about the benefits of this creative play, attendees will have the opportunity to craft some Small World pieces, play with Small World loose parts, and learn to think like a Small World creator.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Yaker

Alison Yaker

Preschool Teacher, Temple Beth Shalom Children's Center
I believe in supporting the whole child and strive to discover the unique gifts that each child and each family bring.  I have been a preschool teacher at Temple Beth Shalom Children's Center since August of 2016, co teaching a class of three year olds.  Before that, while I was... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
6A

8:30am EDT

Teaching for the Moment
So much of teaching is improvisational. So many meaningful moments come from the unexpected, that which takes us by surprise. Finding a ladybug in the garden, for example, can lead to a myriad of questions, observations, conversations, songs, stories, games, etc. This is the heart of emergent curriculum. But do we know how to intentionally create and allow space for the unexpected? Can we recognize the moments that amaze the child? Do we know how to expand a single moment into more moments for organic inquiry? Do we know how to slow down? When and how to change our plan? Or are we burnt out from the day to day? Are we spending most of our day supporting children through conflict resolution? Are we just trying to get children from one scheduled activity to the next? How can we create a classroom that embraces spontaneous opportunities for learning? How can we plan for the unplanned? How can we teach not only in the moment, but for the moment?

Speakers
avatar for Liza Sparks

Liza Sparks

a teacher, Boulder JCC Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center
Liza Sparks is a teacher at the Jay and Rose Phillips Early Childhood Center in Boulder, Colorado. She currently teaches in a three-year-old classroom. Liza received her Master’s in Community Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education from Goddard College in Plainfield... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Meeting Room 4

8:30am EDT

Woodworking
Enjoy working with your hands and seeing something created right in front of you? Join Wakefield Workshops to experience woodworking! Make sure to bring your apron (which will be provided upon arrival) to create your very own Paradigm wooden sign.

Speakers
avatar for Wakefield Workshops

Wakefield Workshops

Two craft mamas specializing in on-site paint parties for team building or a fun night with friends and family!


Tuesday May 1, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EDT
Patio/Library Nook

10:00am EDT

Break
Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Open

10:00am EDT

Networking- Wonder of Learning Boston Pop-Up/NAEYC Washington DC Pop-UP
Wanna chat with fellow #shifters? The boardroom will be open throughout the conference! Grab a coffee or a snack and pull up a chair to the table.

Speakers
avatar for Alyse Eisenberg

Alyse Eisenberg

Early Childhood Specialist & PJ Library Manager, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am EDT
Board Room

10:30am EDT

Israeli Dance Is for ECE Too! (and you don’t have to be a dancer to teach it) *Music will be played
Using dances created especially for ECE, see how you can have your children experience Israel and the Jewish holidays thru dance.
An engaging , dynamic, hands-on session where you will leave with the tools to teach these dances and have access to all the music of the dances.

Speakers
avatar for Silvio Berlfein

Silvio Berlfein

creator, Who Thought of That
Silvio Berlfein is creator of Who Thought of That. Creative thinker and doer. Bringing surprise interventions in events through a creative lens.


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Dining Room

10:30am EDT

Pop Up Atelier
Hands-on opportunities of the work we are talking about will be available to engage with each day, as some of our most talented practitioners will share invitations for learning that would make any child (or adult!) want to explore! Great ideas to bring back to your teams!

Speakers
KH

Kat Horion

Lead Teacher/Nature Presenter, Jewish Creative Preschool


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Various Spaces

10:30am EDT

Pop Up Atelier
Speakers
avatar for Kavita Brahmbhatt

Kavita Brahmbhatt

2's Teacher, Ahava Early Learning Center
My name is Kavita Brahmbhatt and I am thrilled to come back to the 2018 Paradigm Project, this time as a presenter. I teach at Ahava Early Learning Center in Atlanta, GA , a Reggio inspired Jewish Early Childhood center. I am excited to be part of a program that has committed itself... Read More →
avatar for Erin Patricia Johnson

Erin Patricia Johnson

2's Teacher, Ahava Early Learning Center
My name is Erin Patricia Johnson and I’m traveling to Paradigm Project 2018 from Ahava Early Learning Center, a Reggio-inspired/constructivist in Atlanta, GA. While I spent the last year and a half as a 2s teacher, I recently looped up with some of my students creating a new 3-5s... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Lobby/Meeting Room 1&2

10:30am EDT

Beyond Behavior Management
“The only person you have control over is yourself”.In a classroom setting where children come from various backgrounds and abilities, how do we manage our environment to regulate and adapt our own behavior in order to maximize each learners' potential. What are the small steps we can take to create an engaging environment for all and a feeling of accomplishment.  How do we create a place of education and not only a place of care for all?

Speakers
avatar for Miryam Buchler

Miryam Buchler

Assistant Director, Barbara and Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center
Miryam Buchler was born and raised in Morocco. At the age of 17, she moved to New York to earn a Bachelor degree in Early Childhood Education and later on a Master's degree in Special Education. Miryam's experience encompasses teaching typically and atypically developing children... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Lodge Alef- Hay

10:30am EDT

Dream Catchers and Dreams in Jewish Tradition
Dreamcatchers are part of Native American tradition.  They are woven circles that catch good dreams and let bad dreams through.  Participants at this workshop will learn how to make traditional dreamcatchers and how to make a version for young children called Kadur HaAretz (The Earth Ball). Participants will learn about Jewish dreamcatchers and the power of dreams in Jewish tradition.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gabe Goldman

Dr. Gabe Goldman

Founder and Director, Outdoor Jewish Classroom
Dr. Gabe Goldman has been a Jewish educator since the 1970s—as a classroom teacher, community curriculum director, teacher trainer, school administrator, university professor and wilderness trip leader. Gabe is the founder and director of Outdoor Jewish Classroom and provides Jewish... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Habima

10:30am EDT

Examining Leadership Through Stories
Why is there so much talk about leadership these days? What’s your leadership story? What about Jewish leadership stories? In what ways are young children leaders? Do these examples change our thinking about what leadership is? Bring your questions as we co-construct a fluid concept about leadership in Jewish early childhood education.

Speakers
avatar for Lyndall Miller

Lyndall Miller

Director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), JECELI
Lyndall Miller, M.A.Ed., M.A.J.Ed., M.S.Ed., is the Director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), which is an intensive professional development initiative for early-career directors and teacher leaders initiated in 2011. At this time, Lyndall is... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Meeting Room 4

10:30am EDT

Intentional Morning Meetings: Creating Community through Shared Values
As teachers, we are sharing a system of values with our students every day.  When approached intentionally, the values we uphold in our classroom can continue to support our students as they move forward in school and, hopefully, as they interact with their community and the world around them.  In this presentation, we will discuss the ways in which we see democratic and Jewish values overlap, and explore how we reinforce these values through our daily morning meeting - you may know this time of day as “circle time” or “group time”.  How do we give our students a “voice” (a say in things) and a sense of “agency” (the capacity to make choices)?  How might honoring these rights in our classroom help to prepare our students for elementary, middle, high school and even beyond? This interactive session will include examples from the presenters' classroom of three -and four-year-olds and provide an interactive space to brainstorm ideas for your own classroom and routine.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Kleinschmidt

Julie Kleinschmidt

three to four year old classroom, Boulder JCC
JULIA MCGAREY and JULIE KLEINSCHMIDT are a teaching team in the three to four year old classroom at the Boulder JCC. Julie has a Master’s in Education and Human Development with a concentration in early childhood, and has been at the JCC for two years. She began her teaching career... Read More →
avatar for Julia Mcgarey

Julia Mcgarey

Teacher, three to four year old, Boulder JCC
JULIA MCGAREY and JULIE KLEINSCHMIDT are a teaching team in the three to four year old classroom at the Boulder JCC. Julia has a Master’s in Education and Human Development with a concentration in early literacy, and has also been at the JCC for two years. She is a former secondary... Read More →


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
6A

10:30am EDT

Lenses – B’rit and Tikkun Olam
This is an in-depth study of how the lenses of B’rit – Covenant - and Tikkun Olam – Repair of the World - can guide everyday experiences in our schools. We will work to understand how these lenses provide a framework to guide and invite quality work.

We will explore how these lenses live through: belonging and commitment; agreements, understandings and boundaries; ability to engage in difficult conversations; relationships and responsibility.  What type of relationships need to be established for our community to thrive? How do we create belonging within a framework of shared expectations?

Speakers
avatar for Diana Ganger

Diana Ganger

Coach and Consultant in Organizational and Educational settings, DG1818Consultant
Diana Ganger, M.S.W., works as a coach and consultant in Organizational and Educational settings. A long-time Jewish educator, she was a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation and is a recipient of the 2008 Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She made aliyah to... Read More →
avatar for Veronica Maravankin

Veronica Maravankin

Lead Consultant, Veronica Maravankin Consulting
Veronica Maravankin has served as the Early Childhood Director of the Barbara & Jack Kay Early Childhood Learning Center at the Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches for the past eleven years. Throughout her tenure Veronica, along with the school’s faculty and administration... Read More →



Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Lodge Alef- Daled
  Tuesday, Jewish Lenses
  • Please bring photos to share Participants are invited to bring one image of their school representing each of the lenses (a total of seven photos). Suggested, not mandatory.

10:30am EDT

Start with the End in Mind: Breathing New Life into Jewish Holiday Curriculum Planning through the Process of Backwards Design
Planning for the Jewish holidays can easily align with more emergent and authentic approaches to teaching and learning. Alvin Toffler said, “You’ve got to think about BIG things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”  Backwards Design can be a tool to make that happen and re-energize you as an educator in the process. Through uncovering the big/leading ideas underlying the holiday and developing powerful “essential questions” for ourselves and the children, you’ll find deeper and more meaningful experiences evolve in your thinking and curriculum planning. Come join us as we explore this process and actively apply Backwards Design to the most sacred holiday on the calendar: Shabbat.

Speakers
avatar for Judi Morosohk

Judi Morosohk

coach/consultant & Director of ECE, JEWISHcolorado
Judi Morosohk is a coach/consultant on the Sheva Faculty of the JCC Association and is also the Director of ECE at JEWISHcolorado in Denver, where she has overseen the Colorado Jewish ECE Initiative since its inception in 2008. The Initiative is focused on raising the quality of Jewish... Read More →



Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
6B

10:30am EDT

Woodworking
Enjoy working with your hands and seeing something created right in front of you? Join Wakefield Workshops to experience woodworking! Make sure to bring your apron (which will be provided upon arrival) to create your very own Paradigm wooden sign.

Speakers
avatar for Wakefield Workshops

Wakefield Workshops

Two craft mamas specializing in on-site paint parties for team building or a fun night with friends and family!


Tuesday May 1, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Patio/Library Nook

12:15pm EDT

Closing Session
Tuesday May 1, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm EDT
Dining Room

1:15pm EDT

Lunch
Tuesday May 1, 2018 1:15pm - 2:00pm EDT
Dining Room