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Leadership in the Wilderness - Shared screen with speaker view
Anna Hartman
23:01
Welcome, everyone!
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23:06
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Rachel Raz
23:21
Greetings from Boston:)
Anna Hartman
23:33
Anna Hartman here in Chicago, your friendly notetaker.
Sasha Kopp
24:49
Hi Everyone, very excited for our international day today! - Sasha Kopp Jewish Education Project New York, NY
Anna Hartman
24:53
-Welcoming Shira Ackerman-Simchovitch to ground us in some Torah.
Abby Aloni
24:57
Abby Aloni also from Chicago. Happy to be with everyone!
Anna Hartman
25:44
—Tying together being in the wilderness and the giving of the Torah
Anna Hartman
26:30
-If you want to be “like Reggio,” you have to be original, creative, and connected to your roots—using your own roots to produce fruit. (Sergio Spaggiari)
Anna Hartman
28:01
—“Encamped,” with verbs in the plural; then “encamp” in the singular. Rashi has said this is bc we had one single heart at that time.
Anna Hartman
28:22
—Why was it that in the wilderness/desert that the Israelites received the Torah?
Anna Hartman
28:36
—Fire, water, and wilderness are free to anyone! The torah is too!
Anna Hartman
29:00
—Anyone who is not as open as the wilderness cannot really receive Torah
Anna Hartman
30:20
—The place called “Matanah” was the place to which the Israelites traveled. Matanah means gift. Thus, from the wilderness [comes a] gift. The gifts of kindness and gratitude are with us always.
Anna Hartman
31:17
—Very generous group of presenters who have come from around the world to join us today. Will hear from educators in three countries. Here to learn from this gracious guests.
Anna Hartman
31:25
—Trine from Copenhagen is up first!
Anna Hartman
32:00
—Trine says “almost back to normal but still with strict guidelines.”
Anna Hartman
32:17
—Works especially with children with special needs.
Anna Hartman
32:28
—What have we learned, our successes, our difficulties
Anna Hartman
32:41
—Slidedeck will show images through which we may peruse
Anna Hartman
33:03
—First of all, imp to have strict and clear guidelines. Both for parents and staff. High level of info is key.
Anna Hartman
33:26
—Imp to prepare staff and parents that guidelines will change, sometimes faster than would like. We will keep all informed.
Anna Hartman
33:46
—Had to work in zones both inside and outside, with no mixing groups.
Anna Hartman
34:17
—After that, staff would decide with colleagues how to make these zones, how to make groupings. Staff do this in order that they would take ownership.
Anna Hartman
35:07
—Sought as normal a routine as possible for the children. Many materials would have to be put away. One guideline is that every item would need to be sanitized or put away for 48 hours.
Anna Hartman
36:38
—Imp that tech makes everything welcoming and comforting for children so that they feel safe and relaxed. Want to make children feel sense of normalcy during these times.
Anna Hartman
36:52
—Same teacher with same group of children at all times.
Anna Hartman
37:20
—Fewer conversations between supervisor and teacher. Longer periods of focus for children. Fewer disruptions.
Anna Hartman
37:55
—Separate action plans for each child with special needs.
Ronnie Becher
38:14
Could you scroll thru the pix again?
Anna Hartman
38:21
—When tchr has a break, a runner or a young person comes in to relieve that tchr
Anna Hartman
39:29
—Imp to be transparent in what decisions you make and why. Parents may agree or disagree. Staff have to argue from a professional point of view. Sometimes we take comments from parents and make changes.
Anna Hartman
39:51
—We told parents we needed their help to succeed in reopening the preschool. In contact with parents every week throughout.
Anna Hartman
40:46
—Before reopening, we wrote special newsletter telling parents what we need from them. Told them must show the children that adults are in control of the situation—that things are different but exciting. Told them that v impt that parents must stay calm and believe that the staff are in control. Must show this to the children.
Anna Hartman
41:04
—Before reopening, tchr contacted the parents to say what groups they were in.
Anna Hartman
41:52
—Still difficult—still some parents that are anxious (many of the same who are normally anxious)
Anna Hartman
42:31
—Typically in a class: 8 children with 1 teacher (ages 2 and up)
Anna Hartman
42:39
—Have children 1-6 years old.
Anna Hartman
43:06
—Used to have 12 in a classroom with 3 tchrs
Sasha Kopp
45:28
We will send out Trine’s slides to the community!
Sasha Kopp
45:42
Take Trine for joining us today!!
Sasha Kopp
45:50
Tak!
Anna Hartman
46:19
—Elin from Norway.
Anna Hartman
46:58
—Kindergarten founded in 1981, with a goal of strengthening Jewish identity.
Ellen Dietrick
47:42
By kindergarten she means preschool ages
Anna Hartman
47:47
—By 1990, was a more regular kindergarten, taking in younger children. We run as any normal kindergarten in Norway, though we are very small. Being small is challenging in these times. We have fewer hands among which to divide the children.
Anna Hartman
48:47
—Lockdown began 12th of March, on a Thursday. Closed on Friday. Panicked over the weekend. The government and health ministry did well, paying teachers and ensuring that families did not have to pay for days children out of school.
Anna Hartman
49:57
—Being just north of Denmark, with Denmark one week ahead in their reopening. We were told over Peach that would reopen, though we had limited information from the government. Had v little time to prepare for reopening. We looked to Denmark. We though, we figure we will get the same rules they got in Denmark, and this turned out to be pretty much the case.
Anna Hartman
50:26
—Catherine: Very similar to what Trine was doing.
Anna Hartman
50:33
—36 children in our program.
Anna Hartman
50:42
—Small was both hard and easier.
Anna Hartman
51:13
—What we did during lockdown: It was a relief to keep the staff on. They had a lot to do at home. We studied a lot together and prepared together, so many meetings!
Anna Hartman
51:48
—When we returned, we started to make morning circles among the staff. We filmed these and sent to the parents. Made one for each day during the two weeks before reopening.
Anna Hartman
52:29
—Over Peach, we decorated parts of the kindergarten and made activity kits for the children. Parents came and picked up so that would have Pesach activities for home. Called all of the families several times.
Anna Hartman
52:50
—#1 issue here is information and communication to assure families that the school is under control.
Anna Hartman
52:58
—Focused on transparency
Anna Hartman
53:28
—A lot of info, bc our guidelines have been sent out now three times (three iterations from the gmt). Still have few weeks to go before back to some kind of normal.
Anna Hartman
53:57
—Small groups.
Anna Hartman
54:26
—If you feel slight sore throat or any sickness, not allowed in—this goes for staff and parents and children. I have sent staff for testing.
Anna Hartman
54:35
—Children enter from the backyard.
Anna Hartman
54:42
—Not allowed to enter through the building.
Ellen Dietrick
54:51
Love that they nap outside!!!!!
Anna Hartman
55:05
—Children were already napping outdoor and this continues now. Makes things easy—we disinfected the strollers in which they sleep.
Sasha Kopp
55:41
So neat to hear about all the different ways children spend time outside!
Ellen Dietrick
56:06
Mariam- Are you from Norway???
Anna Hartman
56:08
—Have staff members who are risk; it was mandatory for me to give them different kinds of work activities, not too close to the children. That was challenging. As the policy has changed, no longer have staff that qualify for that zone, so that now all are back wit the children.
Anna Hartman
56:22
—Reduced the hours, and that is getting back to normal slowly.
Anna Hartman
57:28
-We had all gone to the synagogue at least once a week; we instead did this in our small groups
Ellen Dietrick
57:28
How can we reinvent Kabbalah shabbat and havdalah in small groups?
Anna Hartman
58:10
—We take with us some v imp points: We can see how children are developing in much better way in their small groups. Good for socialization and language. Close contact with the adult in the group. A lot of feedback about this.
Ellen Dietrick
58:11
Very interesting that their language development is flourishing with the smaller classes
Anna Hartman
58:51
—Crucial to have such strong communication and buy-in, especially when changes need to happen.
Anna Hartman
59:12
—Imp to tell parents to be regularly checking emails, as things may change
Ellen Dietrick
59:14
Masks are not part of the culture in Norway
Ellen Dietrick
59:47
Assistant teachers are teaching some of the classes
Anna Hartman
01:00:06
—Sounds like lead teachers are not always the ones running the groups now—this is challenging for some parents.
Anna Hartman
01:01:22
—About Shabbat singing: We have a cantor in our community. He comes into each dept with his guitar, sings different Shabbat songs. He does Kabbalat Shabbat wit the children.
Anna Hartman
01:02:21
—Here are some photos from the school
Anna Hartman
01:04:14
—Thank you so much to Elin and Catherine!!!
Anna Hartman
01:04:40
—Welcoming back Shira from Israel
Anna Hartman
01:05:14
—Some uptick in COVID cases in Israel. As a result, have been selective closings. This is to say, things are now overall fully back in swing.
Anna Hartman
01:05:39
—Had experienced extreme lockdown, with ed. decisions made by ministries of education and health
Ellen Dietrick
01:05:51
What I loved about the shabbat singing is that to control infection Catherine had the cantor come into the classroom on a tablet/iPad- streaming from the sanctuary
Anna Hartman
01:06:07
—Educational TV channel!
Anna Hartman
01:06:16
—Run by dept of Ed
Anna Hartman
01:06:52
—Birth-three, most care under ministry of social welfare or private. Turned out this crisis enabled this sector to make its needs known to the gmt.
Anna Hartman
01:07:20
—As children 3-6 and grades 1-3 went back, this was with three days on and three days off.
Anna Hartman
01:07:34
—Remember—avg class size ages 3-6 is 35 children.
Anna Hartman
01:07:43
—8-20 in younger ages.
Anna Hartman
01:07:59
—Thus if a half-class comes back, classes still have 17 or 18.
Anna Hartman
01:08:31
—Classroom supplies divvied up so that the red half would use the red toys and the blue half would play wit those designated for the blue group
Anna Hartman
01:09:11
—As soon as it was decided to send all of the children back, this was going to mean masks. This coincided with major heatwave. A lot of things were abandoned.
Anna Hartman
01:09:23
—About two and a half weeks ago, everyone went back.
Anna Hartman
01:09:33
—Parents must drop off and pick up at gate.
Anna Hartman
01:09:55
—Parents fill out form each day on website of ministry f health stating that temperature was taken and no one in family has been sick.
Anna Hartman
01:10:33
—Strict in schools about children’s hand washing, greater sanitation processes, staff doing much of this. Many have reduced amount of stuff in classrooms so that have less to clean.
Anna Hartman
01:10:45
—Eating in smaller groups, with only adults serving the food
Anna Hartman
01:11:13
—Cant close down the whole country when there is a spike, and thus need to plan ahead. The tracking will enable this.
Anna Hartman
01:11:45
—Our cellphones are also tracking who we come into contact with.
Anna Hartman
01:12:12
—Israel has just sworn in a new government with a new minister of health who has promised an uptick in testing.
Anna Hartman
01:12:19
—A lot of trial and error.
Anna Hartman
01:13:38
—A few interesting conversations—about the competence of children in understanding all of this; about what actually children have gained during this period; about whether there is anything we want to keep from the virtual platforms (ahh! Zoom with 36 kids!) including working in smaller groups and sending items home.
Anna Hartman
01:14:23
—Talked a lot about children being able to access something again and again, such as a recording that children hear again and again
Anna Hartman
01:15:02
—As of last week, people sent their children as they themselves returned to work. As there has been an uptick in cases in some high schools, some are keeping kids home.
Anna Hartman
01:15:18
—School year that goes through end of June will this year extend through July.
Anna Hartman
01:16:02
—Small country, gmt regulated, family here such a holy concept (e.g. keeping Grandparents close but safe)
Anna Hartman
01:17:59
—Language development and other benefits of small group work.
Anna Hartman
01:18:36
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Sasha Kopp
01:18:58
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Anna Hartman
01:19:08
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01:19:18
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