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Leadership in the Wilderness - Shared screen with speaker view
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Judy Massarano
14:57
Judy CNS Preschool, JES
Sarah Yeager
15:13
Sarah Yeager young toddler teacher at Mandell JCC in West Hartford CT
Billy Dalwin Pre-School
15:13
Shelley Rossman, director of the Billy Dalwin Pre-School of Temple Emunah
Sheryl Seef
15:18
Sheryl Seef, Moriah ECC, Deerfield, IL
Mary Passell
15:19
Mary Passell, Temple Chai Early Childhood Center Phx, AZ
Dani Ashendorf, Baltimore MD
15:25
Dani Ashendorf, Director, Baltimore MD
Lisa Plotkin
15:26
Lisa Plotkin, Weinstein JCC Preschool in Richmond, VA - EC Curriculum & PD Director
Nancy -BISNS
15:32
Nancy....Bnai Israel Rockville, Maryland
Preschool Teacher
15:34
Brenda Footer, Assistant Director at Bender JCC of Greater Washington
Jill Mainzer
15:37
Jill Mainzer, Atlanta Jewish Academy, Early Childhood director
Allison Colker
15:38
Allison Colker, Director, Shaare Torah Early Childhood Center, Gaithersburg, MD
Judy Massarano
15:38
Judy CNS Preschool, JES
Robin Cohen
15:40
Robin Cohen preschool director of Beth Emeth Early Childhood Center
Sarah Ruderman Wilensky
15:50
I'm Sarah from PJ Library/The Harold Grinspoon Foundation
Liz
15:55
Liz Sherman BJE Chicago
Helen Cohen
16:02
Helen Cohen from the Frances Jacobson Early Childhood Center @ Temple Israel, Boston
Amelia Remy
16:06
Amelia Remy, Assistant Director, Trust Center of Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline, MA
Nursery School
16:14
Elizabeth Comen-Kessler North Shorr Synagogue Nursery School Syosset,NY
Tracey Bortz
16:20
Tracey Bortz and Barbie Barnholtz from Gross Schechter Day School in Pepper Pike Ohio
Ray Sherman @JCYS
16:34
Ray Sherman from JCYS Chicago, IL Director of Early Childhood Education
Becca Wolter-Gustafson
16:38
Becca Wolter-Gustafson, Assistant Director, JCC Early Learning Center Brookline/Brighton, MA
Debbi
16:44
Debbi Fendell, Director of Early Childhood Education, Gan Aliyah Preschool, Needham, MA
Lara Brown
16:48
Lara Brown, Assistant Director of Finances & Family Services at Beth Ami Community Nursery School in Santa Rosa, CA
Liat Salman
19:13
Liat Salman EC Director from South Peninsula Hebrew Day School, Sunnyvale, CA
Anna Hartman
19:32
I am our unofficial stenographer… I will post notes as Erica goes along.
Anna Hartman
20:19
-When I say the word uncertain, what is the first thing you think of?
Anita Ip
20:19
Anita Ip, Assistant Director at San Diego Jewish Academy, CA
Preschool Teacher
20:21
Anxiety
Lara Brown
20:22
Trepediation
Theresa Levy,Jax,FL
20:23
scared
Lynn Fisher
20:23
fear
Lorrie Applebey
20:24
waiting for guidelines
Sarah Ruderman Wilensky
20:25
anxious
Lisa Plotkin
20:25
not knowing, changing.
Judy Massarano
20:26
nature of Jewish education
Ellen Dietrick
20:26
Unknown
Sarah Yeager
20:26
you just dont know
Lara Brown
20:27
*trepedation
Amy Bolotin
20:27
anxiety
Jenna Turner
20:28
options
Beth Helmey
20:30
reopening
Amy Bolotin
20:31
No control
Nancy -BISNS
20:31
scary
Kathi Estill
20:32
When do we reopen and how?
Amy Bolotin
20:34
Can’t plan
Rachel Raz
20:37
Life/reality
Becca Wolter-Gustafson
20:38
fear
Janet Sear
20:38
scared
Beth Helmey
20:39
criteria
Jill Mainzer
20:39
how will we know what to do
Liz
20:41
anxiety
Sarah Yeager
20:45
in limbo
Nancy -BISNS
20:53
many questions...no answers
Debbi
21:06
Need good leadership for what's next, how to reopen, how school will support children with so much missing from daily activities
Robin Cohen
21:14
hard decisions needing to be made
Anna Hartman
21:28
—Future feels unclear. For some people the wideners is an ever-changing reality. No anchor.
Anna Hartman
21:47
-In limbo—between Egypt and the Land of Israel
Anna Hartman
21:58
-Hard to imagine going back to what was
Anna Hartman
22:05
-Lets explore this limbo place
Anna Hartman
22:13
-People are looking to us to be an achor
Anna Hartman
22:40
-Domino effect of the uncertainty. We are feeling it. How do we lead in that environment?
Anna Hartman
24:04
-Karl Popper, philosopher of science. All problems are like clocks or clouds. Cloud problems are complex and dynamic—shifting slightly, changing shape. Can’t break it down…
Anna Hartman
24:39
-Clock problems versus Cloud problems.
Anna Hartman
24:45
Please share in the chat!
Preschool Teacher
24:55
clock: when how will we reopen
Sheri Brown
24:57
clock = can we afford to reopen
Lisa Plotkin
24:57
cloud: communication systems!
Anna Hartman
24:58
What do you see as a clock problem in your world? And a cloud problem.
Judy Massarano
25:06
how to maintain connection to families' Jewish lives
Rebecca Gautieri
25:07
cloud problem is how we can have school in ways that are sustainable
Lara Brown
25:19
Clock problem is filling out forms for the small business loans
Beth Helmey
25:31
Group care is needed more than ever, yet how is the modified environment needed in the children's best interests?
Lara Brown
25:33
cloud problem is how do we create connection with our families
Sarah Ruderman Wilensky
25:34
cloud: supporting children/families social emotional health
Amy Bolotin
25:51
It feels like we can’t address the clock problems because we don’t have the details. Clock problems: ratios, safety procedures, schedules.
Anna Hartman
26:09
Thumbs up
Anna Hartman
26:12
Yep!
Kathi Estill
27:10
Budget= clock how do we meet budgetary responsibilities vs cloud problems=unseen virus, unclear reopening guidelines (When,how,who)
Anna Hartman
27:24
-The word midbar or desert sometimes suggests brutal and unforgiving; and other times supporting and filled with manna
Anna Hartman
27:59
-Book of numbers has 10 organized chapters. Census, army, building the encampment, every tribe has a flag
Anna Hartman
28:29
-We know how to do this stuff! Creating groups and giving autonomy to others to lead. Each bunk wit hits own symbols and mascots ;)
Anna Hartman
28:50
-First ten chapters very orderly!
Anna Hartman
29:12
-But here’s the thing about the wilderness—can’t always know what is coming.
Anna Hartman
29:52
-But oh boy suddenly the organization seems long gone when in chapter 10 things get out of control
Anna Hartman
30:06
-Let’s explore a moment where that happens.
Anna Hartman
30:25
-Moses speaks to his brother-in-law.
Anna Hartman
30:57
-Please do not leave us—you know where we should camp and can be our guide!
Anna Hartman
31:13
-“Chovav” literally means friend
Anna Hartman
31:49
-Chovav is a man of the wilderness—Moses wants to coax him into staying because he has mad skills!
Anna Hartman
31:51
;)
Anna Hartman
32:13
-Chovav does not go.
Anna Hartman
32:51
-v’hayita lane l’eynayim. Be for us our eyes.
Anna Hartman
33:12
(This is how the Hebrew says “be our guide”)
Anna Hartman
33:39
-Moses is saying—I cant see see; I don’t even know what I am looking at!
Anna Hartman
35:23
-Moses blinded in his leadership. Asks an outside consultant to be our eyes for us. We can’t always do this. When Chovav left, Moses had to make his own way.
Anna Hartman
36:11
-Daniel Goleman: The leader’s way of seeing things… the leader sets the emotional standard.
Anna Hartman
37:45
-Cloud problems can possibly be outsourced. But a leader has the vision. Someone makes the school open each day and someone else who makes sure the school will be open in ten years. And yet we are doing both. Drucker: Changing the tire while driving 60mph.
Judy Massarano
39:20
as a teacher i thought it was important to unmask/and talk about masks in a calm way, as i know that faces are being studied
Sarah Ruderman Wilensky
39:45
So often we are asked to be models navigating something that is KNOWN, but right now, as we lead through something unknown, how publicly vulnerable do we allow ourselves to be?
Lisa Heiser
40:35
How can we be responsive to the needs of our families and our community while still struggling with how to safely open?
Amy Bolotin
40:40
There is a fine line between being authentic with your emotions/reactions and also setting the emotional standard. Leaders must balance the two.
Sarah Ruderman Wilensky
41:03
yes, to what amy is saying. very challenging balance.
Anna Hartman
42:10
-Erica says: On a weekly call such as this one, you can take your masks off.
Anna Hartman
42:35
-Q: What is the emotional standard you feel you should be setting for staff and families today?
Ellen Dietrick
42:35
Confidence and can do attitude
Debbi
42:38
Positivity and empathy
Anita Ip
42:39
it’s getting hard to know when checking in is becoming a nuisance. some are craving it, some don’t want to be bothered.
Lisa Heiser
42:39
I have felt like being transparent but also calm
Preschool Teacher
42:40
competency
Lara Brown
42:41
I feel I need to express optimism for the future
Lynn Fisher
42:43
stability
Lara Brown
42:48
and empathy to every family
Anna Hartman
42:50
Alan says: I feel that I have to take a stand that we will all be ok
Ellen Dietrick
42:50
We can do it!
Lisa Plotkin
42:54
understanding everyone's different scenarios
Amy Bolotin
42:58
Acknowledging how hard it is to have everything be uncertain and yet remain positive and flexible.
Jill Rosenthal
42:58
availablity
Kathi Estill
42:59
Hope
Ellen Dietrick
43:06
Children need us!
Janet Sear
43:08
This is a difficult time but we will get through this together
Robin Cohen
43:23
importance of community during this time
Lara Brown
43:43
I'm hopeful and I know that our community will gather again someday
Ellen Dietrick
43:47
We have the expertise and the dedication to make it work
Amy Bolotin
44:46
We are experts in supporting children and staff through transitions and developmental disequilibrium.
Anna Hartman
44:54
-Erica says: “Informed optimism”
Meir Muller
45:04
Expertise is listening to experts and synthesizing that advice for all of our stakeholders in our settings
Sarah Ruderman Wilensky
46:13
acting as curators of content not necessarily creators of content for families
Jill Rosenthal
46:22
Letting our families know that we are collaborating with stakeholders
Anna Hartman
46:37
-BP and AP!
Lisa Heiser
47:06
I truly believe our transparency has been the reason families has been everything as a reason we are trying to move forward with our school community
Lara Brown
48:42
I set the example by not working more than my assigned hours so that the teachers will follow and not burn out (no matter how hard that is)!
Rebecca Gautieri
48:46
We have to recognize that balance bet home and work is different for each family.
Rebecca Gautieri
48:51
or each teacher
Anna Hartman
49:53
-How to support your staff in nudging them to engage in self care.
Anna Hartman
50:26
Yep!
Debbi
50:38
We also need to recognize that we are holding up not only teachers but families as well as ourselves!
Hannah
52:57
I've come to realize that pivoting can only happen when we accept and are ready to grapple with our new reality.
Anna Hartman
53:57
-Erica says: When we lack direction, go heavy on the inspiration.
Anna Hartman
55:24
-Resilient leadership—bouncing forward.
Preschool Teacher
55:56
taking this opportunity to rethink our structure
Lisa Heiser
55:58
Adapting to reopening but not losing our soul
Sarah Yeager
56:00
going back more equipped and even better than before
Menucha Goldstein
56:05
Being able to continue paying my staff and being able to reopen school
Judy Massarano
56:09
possibly continuing to offer some parts of the day virtually
ellenglassman
56:14
Bouncing forward means taking a step into the unknown with no template to follow
Rebecca Gautieri
56:16
Bounce forward: think outside the box about ways to use our facilities, our class make-ups, etc.
Robin Cohen
56:41
Being able to think about things through a new lens - focusing on the sliver linings and moving forward from there from a new perspective
Amy Bolotin
56:52
Bouncing forward would be highlighting anything we’ve done differently during this time that might be good to continue - ie partnering with parents more intentionally around children’s learning
Janet Sear
56:53
realize that there will not be normal. We need to reimagine our schools
Anna Hartman
57:07
-No time for grief
Sarah Yeager
57:19
carrying the enthusiasm of all the professional development that we've had the time to enjoy with us into when we go back
Judy Massarano
57:31
grieving has been relegated to wknds
Lucy Banerji
57:42
We are using this time with teachers as an amazing opportunity for professional development and deep thinking about who we are and what is important for us in our teaching. Because Zoom became such an organic part of our professional lives, we meet every day and discuss our thinking. It feels as we move forward.
Lara Brown
57:43
We will bounce forward by finding a way to keep the quality of our program high while adjusting to sanitation protocols and whatever else comes our way
Alyse Eisenberg
57:43
Figuring out ways to move forward in a positive way. Not forgetting the loss but moving forward despite it.
jodi gladstone
57:46
looking for those to walk along side us
Menucha Goldstein
57:57
The soul of my school is our community (families, caregivers, staff).
Anna Hartman
57:59
-Erica asks: What is the soul of our school? Could we describe that?
Anna Hartman
58:05
The sou of our school is…
Anna Hartman
58:11
soul
Lara Brown
58:12
The soul of our school is connection
jodi gladstone
58:33
Relationships
Jill Rosenthal
58:48
Jewish values…
Helen Cohen
59:02
a warm caring communoty
Amy Bolotin
59:15
The soul offer school is the caring of the people
Jill Rosenthal
59:18
folks that look out for each other
Anna Hartman
59:20
Let’s PUSH ourselves—what KIND of relationships? Let’s be more descriptive!
Mary Passell
59:24
The soul of our school is about Jewish values, love, support, warmth, and HUGS!!
Lara Brown
59:28
The soul of our school is the connections we have between our synagogue, our community partners, and our teachers.
Stacey David
59:40
The soul of our school is each child according to his own way.
Anna Hartman
59:41
-One of the gifts of leadership is sitting and thinking carefully about the language we use.
Sarah Yeager
59:48
for the most part, the staff truly enjoys working with and learning from each other
Meir Muller
59:59
One part of the soul of our school is about Jewish social justice - we need to not only use a mirror to see how Covid affected us but a window to see how it affects other communities (eg the African American community).
Anna Hartman
01:00:42
-Erica says: The more we read and listen and think, the more we have language (and eyes?) to lead ahead.
Anna Hartman
01:00:53
-How we can lift people up?
Anna Hartman
01:01:04
-Ask people to share stories?
Anita Ip
01:01:14
bounce forward: using the country’s realization that we are essential. we are important and we are capable. we are your village.
Judy Massarano
01:02:44
amazing story, thank you.
Anna Hartman
01:03:11
-This is why we love our jobs! The children help us see the wonder in the world
Debbi
01:03:12
I love that story
Rebecca Gautieri
01:03:17
Fred Rogers center: watching for Simple interactions!
Jill Rosenthal
01:03:23
Moments of wonder. Moments of learning that have happened during this time that are unique..so great to think about!
Rachel Raz
01:06:41
Thank you!!!!
Amy Bolotin
01:06:42
Wow
Rebecca Gautieri
01:06:43
Thank you, Erica! Beautiful!
Jill Rosenthal
01:06:47
Wow. Thank you!
Alyse Eisenberg
01:06:50
Thank you!
Meir Muller
01:06:56
Wonderful! Thank you!
Lucy Banerji
01:07:08
This is inspirational, thank you!
Lisa Heiser
01:07:21
This was awesome and powerful!
Shira Rosenblatt
01:07:31
Very inspirational. Thank you!!
Jill Mainzer
01:07:35
Thank you so much!
Lorrie Applebey
01:07:35
Thank you so much … inspiring
Janet Sear
01:07:37
Thank you so much. So inspirational
Sheryl Seef
01:07:40
Very powerful - thank you!
Judy Massarano
01:08:12
T'yasher kochech, Dr. Brown. ....i think we have to model it. i think we have to be outside more and look at bugs.and say wow.
ellenglassman
01:08:14
Loved your story about your grandchild and needed to hear it today. Thank you for sharing your inspiration and knowledge.
Jenna Turner
01:08:48
www.jparadigm.org
Billy Dalwin Pre-School
01:09:14
Erica, thank you so much for your knowledge, your authenticity and your inspiration. I look forward to every opportunity to work with you and you never disappoint!
jodi gladstone
01:09:16
Thank you so much Dr. Brown!
avril landes
01:10:14
So inspired by your wisdom Dr. Brown! Thank you
Anna Hartman
01:10:25
jparadigm.org
Sasha Kopp
01:10:27
what kind of words, phrases would you suggest that would give a good feeling to parents
Judy Massarano
01:11:10
as well, re "soul of school" - how can we make our phrases stand out?
Anna Hartman
01:11:34
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Ellen Dietrick
01:12:06
Call them!
Anna Hartman
01:14:11
#fangirl
Anna Hartman
01:14:31
Through our wisdom, we can provide comfort.
Anna Hartman
01:14:40
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Liat Salman
01:14:47
Thank you Erica!
Anna Hartman
01:14:55
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