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How Are Our Families Faring?done - Shared screen with speaker view
Anna Hartman
15:00
Welcome, everyone!
Anna Hartman
15:47
Welcome, welcome! As you come in, grab your cell phone and take a pic of the WQR code to do a check in!
Debbi Cooper
16:03
If a link is easier, feel free to use this - https://www.menti.com/6yzqcy9z9v
Anna Hartman
17:33
Welcome! Take a moment to check in here: https://www.menti.com/6yzqcy9z9v and tell us what 3 words you use to describe how you have been feeling over last two weeks.
Anna Hartman
20:55
Are we aware of how powerful our connections are with families?
Anna Hartman
21:31
“Teachers are the text the students never forget.” Abraham Joshua Heschel
Anna Hartman
22:36
For families, the teacher and director are lifelines, connections, experts, Jewish specialists, seers of the power of young children. We are sharing in the daily life of families. We are connectors. We help families feel less alone in their journeys.
Anna Hartman
22:58
How might we use today’s data to shift and grow our practice in the days, months, year to come?
Anna Hartman
24:10
Welcoming Debbi Cooper, Director of Engagement for PJ Library in North America.
Anna Hartman
26:03
How are you connected to PJ Library in your community?
Anna Hartman
26:14
How are your families/org connected to PJ Library?
Deborah Moukit
26:29
We use PJ library books at our PreSchool
Sasha Kopp
26:31
I get to work with Alison to learn and connect with New York family engagement professionals
Jean Losek
26:52
we have so many families at our center that are getting PJ books
Ellyn Weisz
27:01
We encourage families to sign up for the books.
Anna Hartman
28:02
—Thinking about accessibility in our work. No matter where they are coming from, readers can find the content accessible.
Nan Sumner
28:30
We (Barnert Temple) use it as a resource for much of our learning through preschool engagement and our religious school learning K-2
Anna Hartman
29:20
—Just launched in Portugal! In Tokyo! In Dubai! Reaching 30 families in the Amazon Jungle in Brazil.
Anna Hartman
29:28
—Today, talking about North America.
Anna Hartman
29:43
—Shared language and community around these books worldwide.
Anna Hartman
31:10
—Today: Looking at North American families: A pulse survey, connecting with families to get a sense of how they are doing. We endeavor to be user-centered, and therefore needed a tool to know how families are doing and what their needs are. This is different than previous approaches, which have been evaluative. This was research for our growth. Quantitative and qualitative questions.
Anna Hartman
31:48
-5,000 families responded and their input is already impacting our forward planning.
Anna Hartman
32:55
—Feb 21-March 5 was when the survey was fielded.
Anna Hartman
33:25
—’Twas the dark of winter…
Anna Hartman
35:22
-38% of US families reported lay off, furlough, or wage reduction during the pandemic.
Anna Hartman
36:40
—Major gap between Canada and US as to who had children in full-time school (more kids in school in Canada, according to survey)
Anna Hartman
36:49
Key Findings:
Anna Hartman
37:14
(Key Q: What is happening with families? How might we adapt our work to adapt to families’ needs)
Anna Hartman
38:54
—Three words to describe how families are doing: Families said: Tired, overwhelmed, and happy/grateful.
Anna Hartman
38:58
—Today WE said Tired, Overwhelmed, Anxious, Busy.
Anna Hartman
39:33
These bubbles did not change from early fall to end of winter. (This recent study was the second of 2 pulse surveys)
Anna Hartman
39:47
—Tired increased 9 points in the U.S.
Anna Hartman
40:17
Things were more magnified this time. Compounding effect.
Jean Losek
41:36
no use of the word education
Anna Hartman
41:55
—What might be behind the words? Asked families about their biggest concerns. Mental health and wellbeing if my family (49% US/ 53% CA); health and safety due to COVID (46%); my children’s development (33%).
Sasha Kopp
42:09
I wonder how education and children’s development can overlap?
Anna Hartman
43:15
—Parents own mental health challenges, challenges in their children. Isolation, mental strain, mental illness, self worth, stress, anxiety, stress of not having enough help.
Jean Losek
43:51
I feel like development comes from the child naturally and education is guided by the teacher
Anna Hartman
44:48
—Debbi Recommends NYTimes parenting section editor Jessica Grose “negotiating and mitigating danger.” https://www.nytimes.com/section/parenting
Anna Hartman
46:19
Focus on politics and racial justice in the fall. 1/3 of people’s comments now were about themselves and family, and beyond that people are aware of the environment in which they operate.
Anna Hartman
47:31
—In the U.S., 90% I’ve missed connecting in person with friends; 71% My children have missed visiting their grandparents; 76% I’ve found it harder to balance various responsibilities.
Anna Hartman
47:41
—Q What does this make us think about right now??
Anna Hartman
48:03
What resonated with you? What stood out?
Jean Losek
48:12
I think it is all about patience and kindness
Anna Hartman
48:34
What data point made you say, hmm or YES!
Sasha Kopp
48:41
I have seen so much more grandparent involvement in schools this past year - I’m curious how we can continue that!!
Anna Hartman
49:05
At PJ always kept an upbeat tone in our communications, and we needed to meet families where they are better. Needed more sensitivity.
Anna Hartman
49:43
Debbi, tell us more about how you and others are thinking about the high number of people financially impacted by the pandemic?
Anna Hartman
50:20
Astonishing to see how many people’s finances have been impacted.
Jean Losek
50:35
I think also it is making people change their physical space and how much time families spend outdoors.
Anna Hartman
51:05
First, we screened our communications to see if we are being financially sensitive.
Anna Hartman
51:58
Hearing where families are, we realized that families are having basic needs, more than a focus on self-actualization. How could we at PJ Library be a connector to existing resources.
Jean Losek
52:39
I feel that reading outdoors is different than reading inside. It's a beautiful thing, reading outdoors.
Alyse Eisenberg
53:54
I agree Jean. I believe the shift to outdoor education for many will continue post-pandemic.
Sasha Kopp
54:10
97% felt as though celebrating Jewish Holidays was implant to them as a way to connect to Jewish identity in some way
Anna Hartman
54:39
For 60%, it has felt especially important for my family to connect to our Jewish identity in some way. Among those, 97% said celebrating Jewish holidays was v or moderately important…
Sasha Kopp
54:44
Jewish media and books - did PJ influence that answer? What other media are parents using/consuming?
Sasha Kopp
55:30
Jewish values are used as a way to frame the challenges of this time
Sasha Kopp
55:45
Shabbat was key as a way to connect and express their idenity
Sasha Kopp
56:23
What is it about Shabbat and holidays that make them so easy to connect to? Routine! Gave a sense of time
Sasha Kopp
57:06
Sensory / physical aspect of lighting candles and it gave them sense of control
Sasha Kopp
57:48
What are families willing to do when they are so exhausted?
Sasha Kopp
58:19
Shabbat and holidays gave a sense of control, joy and connection during stressful times
Sasha Kopp
58:53
Families took it upon themselves to engage in Jewish ritual for the first time in their homes - sense of empowerment
Sasha Kopp
59:14
How do we understand what is meaningful for families?
Sasha Kopp
01:00:27
More than 1/3 of families established a new or more regular shabbat ritual! Huge!
Sasha Kopp
01:00:43
Families making bread - challah every week!
Sasha Kopp
01:01:10
Less organizational loyalty - more experimentation
Sasha Kopp
01:01:30
Could access any virtual programming !
Sasha Kopp
01:02:40
How does social media play a role in inspiring families to engage in ritual?
Sasha Kopp
01:03:16
Even in the virtual world, people are choosing activities based on having a family invite them to a new space
Sasha Kopp
01:04:09
What are we learning about the role of ritual or tradition for families ?
Sasha Kopp
01:04:26
How do we help families continue the traditions they find meaningful when “normal” life continues?
Sasha Kopp
01:06:08
Cooking baking/ outdoor activities and exercise both became very popular - how can we continue this trend?
Sasha Kopp
01:06:38
Lots of concern about health and safety. Different families each have their own boundaries about what feels "safe"
Sasha Kopp
01:08:19
Some people like the things online - there is confront and easy from participating from home
Sasha Kopp
01:09:11
What are our school’s role as a connector? What is formal and what is informal?
Sasha Kopp
01:10:01
How do we as professionals help alleviate families’ anxieties ?
Shellie Dickstein
01:10:05
This slide about new parents seem very important for the Jewish community to address. It goes to new parents' mental health and wellbeing.
Jenna Turner
01:12:13
In what ways do you see yourself as a partner with the families in your classroom?In your current experience, what are some of the greatest challenges faced?What changes can you make to help support the families as they face the transition to summer?What changes might you consider related to supporting families as you begin think about planning for the 2021-2022 school year?
Shellie Dickstein
01:15:27
I am curious if anyone has already provided space for parents to talk together or already partnered with other orgs or agencies to offer support to parents during this time?
Alison Goldberg (she/her)
01:20:05
Especially parents with their first child born in the past year, they are eager for connection and support and parent connectors are bringing them together. This summer may be their first time venturing out into the world more as a parent!
Shellie Dickstein
01:21:20
Exactly, Allison - a great opportunity.
Sasha Kopp
01:21:26
https://juf-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvceytpz4rG90DWfFcMNh8gzH4o4u9Vf0B
Sasha Kopp
01:22:11
Recovering from the Trauma of the Pandemic
Jenna Turner
01:22:58
https://www.jparadigm.org/series.html
Ellyn Weisz
01:23:09
TODAH RABAH for sharing all this important information.
Jenna Turner
01:23:10
recording and notes will be posted here soon!