Our Wornick Teachers are Lifelong Learners
Professional development is an integral component of the education profession. With so much thinking and research about teaching and learning, we strive to offer impactful opportunities to enable our teachers and staff to grow and improve their craft.
I am so pleased to announce that two of our staff were recently selected to participate in competitive professional development opportunities. Nicole Haire is honored to be chosen as a member of the second Reshet cohort. This local program, generously funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation and the SF Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, brings together and supports Jewish Family Engagement Professionals who work with young children. During this year-long program, Nicole will learn through Communities of Practice (CoPs), a retreat, and a Yom Iyun (Day of Learning) to deepen her own Jewish learning and family engagement expertise. Our school will also receive a stipend for family engagement programming. This is a wonderful opportunity for Wornick to make connections with the larger community and for a senior school leader to grow. Please join me in congratulating Nicole on this honor!
Further good news to share is that Corine Brouwer, our Peleh Lab and STEM Coordinator, has just been accepted into the initial cohort of the Certificate in Jewish Leadership for Educators through the Spertus Institute and Northwestern University. Also generously supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the program offers a rigorous examination of leadership principles in a Jewish context. Corine will hone her own leadership skills while networking with educational leaders across the country in myriad Jewish educational settings. Corine will participate in two on-site seminars in Chicago taught by leading scholars and receive both professional mentoring and leadership assessments. This is another wonderful opportunity for both our colleague and school to grow and connect. Congratulations, Corine!
And we have more competitive professional development opportunities to kvell over! Our middle school Jewish Studies Coordinator, Chelsea Mandell, and artist Ginger Slonaker were selected to participate in the Teacher Institute for the Arts led by Jerusalem artist David Moss. Chelsea and Ginger spent time over the summer training in-residence at Camp Ramah in Ojai. They looked at art as a holy process and learned about synectics, a creative problem-solving technique. Freshly inspired, they turned their learning into action by more fully integrating art into our JS curriculum and creating a culminating project, the Wornick Siddur. Our students are currently engaged in this project which includes deep thinking about prayer along with creating visual representations to accompany prayers in text.
We are all so proud of our educators and our community’s dedication to growth and excellence.
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