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Building Community

at Community Day School


Thursday, May 2 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pittsburgh JECEI/Bonim Beyachad Pilot Schools Professional Development Series for Early Childhood Educators:

Reggio through a Jewish Lens

Building Community

Facilitated by Andrea Erven-Victoria and Sarah Glascom Morris

Community Day School
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome and Site Visit
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Professional Development Session

The concept of community (kehillah) is an integral part of the Jewish experience. This session will discuss the idea of community in Early Childhood programming. We will define the concept and discuss why it is important. We will share examples of how to build community among children and staff, as well as with families, the school and the community at large. Strategies will include techniques to build community through the physical environment of classrooms, the use of transitions and routines within a classroom schedule, home visits with families, teaming, and cross-age collaboration.

Andrea Erven-Victoria

Andrea Erven-Victoria

Andrea Erven-Victoria is the Co-Director of Early Childhood at CDS as well as a Pre-K Educator. She has an M.Ed. in Early Intervention with Special Education certification. Previously, Andrea held an adjunct teaching position at the University of Pittsburgh, teaching early intervention and inclusion and supervising student teachers.

Sarah Glascom Morris

Sarah Glascom Morris

Sarah Glascom Morris is the Co-Director of the Early Childhood Program at CDS and Lead 3s Educator. She holds a B.A. in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Department of Education Instructional Certification in Early Childhood Education, and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Point Park University.

Jewish Life & Learning is pleased to offer this series of professional development sessions being hosted and facilitated by early childhood educators at our three Pittsburgh JECEI Pilot Schools: Squirrel Hill JCC, Temple Emanuel and Temple Ohav Shalom and at our Bonim Beyachad Pilot School: Community Day School.

As each session will address a different topic and will include a site visit to each of the four pilot schools, you may feel free to register to attend one, two, three or all four of the sessions. Please Note: There is a $15 Registration Fee per person, per session which will be billed directly to each participant’s school. Qualified participants will receive Act 48/PA Keys hours for attending.

Questions? Please contact Carolyn Linder, Director of Early Childhood Education at clinder@jfedpgh.org.


Thursday, May 2
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Carolyn Linder


Community Day School
6424 Forward Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217 United States
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