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Long-Term Project Work through a Jewish Lens

at Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center


Thursday, March 28 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Pittsburgh JECEI/Bonim Beyachad Pilot Schools Professional Development Series for Early Childhood Educators: Reggio through a Jewish Lens

Long-Term Project Work through a Jewish Lens

Facilitated by Christine Mains and Julie Silverman

Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center
6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Welcome and Site Visit
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Professional Development Session

Asking questions is foundational to the Jewish way of learning. As Gabe Goldman states in his article, The Jewish Nature of Reggio Emilia Early Childhood Education:

Numerous Torah stories are highlighted by questions…. However, it is in the Talmud that Judaism elevates questioning to an art form. A hundred times more questions are posed than answered in the Talmud. (jeducationworld.com Feb 2018) Likewise in the approach of Reggio Emilia, Educators are attuned to the importance of questions. The children bring unexpected questions, and the Educators respond with questions of their own in an attempt to understand the child’s perspective. This presentation describes the initial provocation and the subsequent questions that propelled long term investigation.

Christine Mains

Christine Mains

Christine Mains was educated at The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Logistics, Christine’s experience in early childhood education began when her three daughters were in preschool at Mushroom Family Learning Center. It was there that Christine served as vice president of the board and worked as a substitute teacher. When her children moved on to elementary school, she accepted a position there as an assistant teacher with three year olds. In August of 2017, she joined the staff at Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center as a teacher in a four year old classroom. Christine believes that every child is capable, creative, and intelligent and strives to help each child grow on her/his own path.

Julie Silverman

Julie Silverman

Julie Silverman went to the University of Maryland for an undergraduate degree in textile marketing. After graduating, she moved to Pittsburgh and earned a degree in elementary education at Chatham University. She began her teaching career with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit as the Assistant Director of the Homeless Children’s Initiative, where she developed and taught preschool and after-school programs. She took time off to raise her three boys and to own her own jewelry business. Julie returned to teaching six years ago at Temple Emanuel Early Childhood Development Center and began with three year olds before moving to the fours and then Transition class. She is very passionate about the Reggio inspired curriculum and was fortunate enough to attend the 2017 Reggio Emilia, Italy Seminar: Exploring the Reggio Emilia Approach through a Jewish Perspective, which was made possible thanks to the generous support of The Dr. Solomon and Sarah Goldberg Memorial Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

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, March 28
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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