The Education Council Coordinator convenes the Ed Council of congregational school and Midrasha directors. Among the Council's goals are to enhance Jewish education and design; implement professional development; serve as a resource to Jewish educators and directors in our region, and encourage leadership and partnership among council members. The council will meet 9 times in 2012-2013, including joint sessions with rabbis and pre-school Directors.
This in-depth professional development program for Jewish educators presents workshops that cover a range of subjects, including differentiated instruction and effective methods for reaching all types of learners.
This year's conference will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013.
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The Special Education Department provides support to individuals of all abilities and their families and encourage Jewish institutions to think about how they can support their communities' diverse learners. In addition, we provide a wide range of professional development opportunities for teachers in East Bay Jewish day schools, congregational schools and pre-schools. In addition, the Special Education Department provides classroom observation, site-specific consultation, networking, program development and community building, as well as special education micro-grants.
Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month Observance
Activities throughout the month of February are designed to raise awareness of special needs and help break down physical, communication and attitudinal barriers throughout the East Bay Jewish community.
Special Educators Council
The Special Educators Council meets quarterly and brings individuals from different Jewish institutions together to share ideas, build resources and develop programs that support and advance our region's diverse learners.
The Early Childhood Education Department aspires to advance early childhood Jewish education by offering support, resources and expanded learning opportunities to East Bay Jewish preschool teachers and administrators through site-specific consultation and a range of professional development opportunities. In addition, we work with Directors on scholarships received from the Jim Joseph Foundation, supporting the application process. We work to engage East Bay Jewish families with young children in meaningful Jewish life and community through a wide variety of innovative programs and special events such as PJ Library, Passover University, Kindergym, concerts and workshops held throughout the area.
Early Childhood Jewish Educators Conference
The annual Early Childhood Jewish Educators Conference provides an invaluable professional development opportunity for teachers working in our Jewish preschools. Over 100 Jewish preschool teachers participate in this day-long conference held in February, collaborating with and learning from one another.
Early Child Educators Council
The Early Childhood Educators Council meets monthly to offer professional development and idea exchange to the directors of the Jewish preschools in the Greater East Bay. These meetings cover a range of topics including planning, leadership, staffing, teacher recruitment, school policy and protocol, budget, team building and current issues in education.
PJ Library® promotes Jewish literacy in early childhood and encourages Jewish families with young children to connect to their local communities. Every month, the Federation/Foundation distributes free of charge, wonderful age-appropriate Jewish-content books and music to families with children from 6 months to 7 years of age. Created and supported by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, PJ Library® is funded nationally in partnership with local philanthropists and organizations. In the East Bay, we are proud to partner with the Jim Joseph Foundation as the primary funder of this innovative program.
To register for PJ Library®, click here and follow the link that says 'Enroll in this Community'.