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Using Technology & Storytelling to Build Relationships with the Natural World

at Squirrel Hill JCC Early Childhood Development Center


Thursday, February 21 @ 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

Reggio through a Jewish Lens

Using Technology to Build Relationships with the Natural World

Facilitated by Christine Davis and Sarah Grimm

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

Providing children opportunities to explore nature and discover the possibilities and wonders that exist outdoors will lead to inspiration and inquiries. During this interactive training, educators will participate in hands-on experiences that will deepen their understanding of how technology can be implemented in unique and meaningful ways to enhance children’s learning and foster important connections with the natural world. Session participants will hear about the unique long term project work happening in a preschool classroom from the perspective of Christine Davis, Lead Educator, and Sarah Grimm, Studio Educator. Facilitators will speak about the various ways that this project has evolved to deepen their own practices of self-reflection and thinking surrounding the power of inquiry. Educators will share insight into how they have consulted the Jewish lens of D’rash (Interpretation) in order to revisit moments and delve deeper to uncover elements of curiosity, which opens new avenues to investigate and grow. They will also highlight the importance of developing the collaborative relationship between educators and children as they partner to research and investigate.

Christine Davis

Christine Davis

Christine Davis’ love of working with children was sparked in high school through her work with local youth groups. She continued to be an advocate for children through her participation in a Youth Media Advocacy Project in college. In 2007, Christine graduated from Carlow University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. While pursuing her degree, she spent countless hours working at the Early Learning Center on campus. It was this experience that inspired Christine to pursue a career in Early Childhood. Christine has been working at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh’s Early Childhood Development Center in Squirrel Hill since August of 2013 and has worked as a lead teacher with infants and young toddlers before moving into her most recent role as a preschool Lead Educator. She is a mother of two young children, who both attend school at the ECDC. In addition to her love of teaching; Christine enjoys trips to the mall with her three year old daughter, cheesy pretzels, spending time at home with her family, and the occasional pick-up volleyball game.

Sarah Grimm

Sarah Grimm

Sarah Grimm is a new resident of Pittsburgh as she recently moved to the city from Columbus, Ohio in May to begin work as the Studio Educator at the Early Childhood Development Center at the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh. Sarah is an experienced educator having worked in the early childhood field for over a decade with children ranging in ages from infants to pre-kindergarten. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education and an Art Minor. Sarah believes that children are competent and capable and feels strongly about children being exposed to high quality materials from an early age. She understands the importance of children working without limits and boundaries in instances where their creativity can flourish and where no “end product” is needed. Sarah enjoys shoe shopping, making buckeyes, Riverhound Soccer, and travelling (especially to NYC where she used to live)!

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, February 21
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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Carolyn Linder


JCC Squirrel Hill
5738 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh,PA15217United States
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