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<ul><li> 1. The WOW! ProjectExciting &amp; ImpactfulCommunity-Based Jewish Educationfor Toronto Presented February 15, 2012 070511SMR JESNA 2011</li></ul> <p> 2. The time is now! Toronto is the place! This is an exciting moment for community-based Jewish education, and an opportunity for the Toronto community to serve as a beacon for innovation in our world. 070511SMR JESNA 2011 3. JESNAs Starting PointA vibrant Jewish future depends on impactful, engaging and inspiring Jewish education070511SMR JESNA 2011 4. The World is Changing070511SMR JESNA 2011 5. The Environment of Jewish Education Participation in Jewish education today is a matter of choice There is greater diversity among families and learners Some families are settling for programs they find less than optimal Increasing numbers of families are opting for alternative programs or arrangements Substantial numbers of children receive no Jewish education There is a relative paucity of real alternatives 070511SMR JESNA 2011 6. A Tale of Two MetaphorsVaccination vs. Wellness Prophylactic Life-enhancing Professionally administered Individual works with guides Passive Active Disconnected Encompassing &amp; embedded Limited effect Affects the whole person Batch approach Individualized, but social Not intrinsically rewarding Intrinsically rewarding 070511SMR JESNA 2011 7. What is?is a transformative projectthat seeks to create a wonderfulnew world of community-basedJewish education in Toronto rather than incrementalimprovement in individualinstitutions070511SMR JESNA 2011 8. is based on a vision you create andthat we at JESNA help turn into reality with our expertise andexperience in the field.TORONTO will be built on the solid base you have alreadycreated through your programs and an important component of Torontos plan to addressthe six priorities proposed by the Community Capacity Building teamfor optimizing the functioning of the affiliation highway: Building On-ramps Creating Connectors Leveraging the power of agencies Supporting Innovation Ensuring programmatic excellence Developing leadershipWe will work together to create a future in which learners andtheir families are more positive &amp; knowledgeable about Judaismand engaged with Jewish life &amp; the Jewish community.070511SMR JESNA 2011 9. Design Principles for a Jewish Education Systemto ensure a vibrant Jewish future070511SMR JESNA 2011 10. What will it take to create powerfullife-centered Jewish education? Expanding the venues and settings for Jewish education Broadening the modes of Jewish learning Expanding the scope of Jewish education along with strengthening theconnections among &amp; pathways through its multiple settings and modes Recruiting and retaining the right people Respecting &amp; supporting educators professionalism Fostering opportunities for collaboration among educators Creating a culture of innovation Incorporating best practices from the broader fields of education andJewish education in particular070511SMR JESNA 2011 11. What will it take to create the Jewish educationeco-system for a vibrant Jewish future? 070511SMR JESNA 2011 12. The Ecology of Education: Lawrence CreminSchool-Centered Approach to Education Community Approach to Education070511SMR JESNA 2011 13. What sort of Jewish education eco-system willproduce powerful life-centered Jewish education? Meets learners &amp; families real needs -- educational, spiritual &amp; practical Contains experiential &amp; enjoyable experiences -- blending formal &amp; informal Builds connections and community, often across generations, organizations &amp; institutions Is guided by professionals and shaped by the interests of the learners Takes place in a variety of venues schools &amp; congregations, public libraries, retreat centers, museums, farms/gardens, community institutions, homes Takes full advantage of the power &amp; potential of technology Comprises a continuous educational system in which professionals anticipate what the educational needs of learners &amp; families will be in the next stage of their lives, and provide the knowledge &amp; connections they need to fulfill them seamlessly. 070511SMR JESNA 2011 14. 070511SMR JESNA 2011 15. What might Torontos eco-system look like? Education programs specially designed to effectively engage hard to reach populations such as children of inter-married families and geographically dispersed families A cluster of magnet schools created by a group of congregations to allow members to select from options that emphasize Hebrew literacy, music and drama, social action, Israel, or family learning Retreats and other special programs held during school vacation periods to provide concentrated experiential learning for students from a wide range of settings, including those outside traditional venues Four-day-a-week after-school program developed by the congregations, JCC and day schools that combines recreational, Jewish, and general learning activities An array of Jewish family education programs that integrate environmental education, social justice, the arts, technology and other modes of learning A constellation of formal and informal educational experiences for post Bnai Mitzvah for Jewish learning and living and community-building A concierge system to help families and learners identify appropriate learning opportunities and paths070511SMR JESNA 2011 16. Road Map to get to Goal: Enabling the Toronto Jewish community to double the enrollment of children ages 4 -17 in exciting, satisfying and impactful community-based Jewish educational experiences by enhancing what exists and expanding the range of program options to meet the needs of 21st century Jewish learners1. Discover2. Dream 3. Design4. Destiny 070511SMR JESNA 2011 17. Toronto : Project Stages1. Agreement to proceed 2. Community Organization (February 2012) Conversations with local educational leadership to: Introduce WOW Develop common language about innovation and change Assemble the Coalition of the Willing3. Discovery: Information Gathering (February March 2012) Community assets Key stakeholders interviews/surveys Best practices and innovations in the field4. Dream: Visioning and Planning Summit (April-May 2012) Summit: May 14-15,2012 Share data and affirm learnings Begin to dream as a community5. Design and Destiny: Implementation, Engagement &amp; Continuity Planning (Beginning June December, 2012) Action step implementation Communications/engagement Continuity planning 070511SMR JESNA 2011 18. Community OrganizationCreating infrastructure for the process:Relationship building Trust Investment Getting to know JESNADeveloping &amp; launchingcommunications plan Steering Committee Organizational leaders Community at-large 070511SMR JESNA 2011 19. DiscoveryAppreciating what is gathering empirical information to create a clearshared vision of community assets and opportunities:Gathering and reviewing written materialsFocus group interviews Students - current, alumni, drop outs, never enrolled, and in thepipeline Parents of those same cohorts of students Professionals educators, education directors, rabbis Lay LeadersPossible implementation of web surveyAdditional research about existing and promising programs andmodels 070511SMR JESNA 2011 20. Dream Community Summit May 14-15, 2012 Review of learnings from Discovery Discuss recommendations that flow from the learnings related tofuture Jewish engagement and education opportunities in Toronto Begin developing consensus around the structure and content ofJewish engagement and education opportunities070511SMR JESNA 2011 21. The Coalition of the Willing:Criteria &amp; Expectations Target population: Jewish children ages 4-17 in GTA Preparedness to participate in an innovation &amp; change process at this time Designated Team Leader Meeting attendance &amp; virtual interaction Provision of data Recruitment of participants for Discovery &amp; Dream phases Participation in change/innovation projects to double engagement and increaseparticipant satisfaction (target) Dissemination of learnings &amp; experience Shared values of UJA Federation mission Acceptance of UJA Federation as primary community fundraising initiative Acknowledgement of participation in written materials Identification with the State of Israel and tolerance for diversity Compliance with relevant public regulations070511SMR JESNA 2011 22. FAQs About How long does the process take? What is required from the community? What are some of the challenges we can anticipate? What are the outcomes to date in communities that are fartheralong? Whats in it for me? What are the next steps? Your questions 070511SMR JESNA 2011 </p>