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We are on day 414 since Tamar’s school closed for COVID.
Lori-An Penchansky, Temple Sholom Preschool Broomall PA!
Seven Jewish ECE centers in Los Angeles have closed permanently since the beginning of the pandemic.
Where are these families going?
Let’s remind ourselves where we have been and where we need to get going.
We were slaves to certain routines before COVID.
Were we slaves to some of the practices and oppressions that others put onto us?
How prepared were you, your program, your community for the pandemic?
Who helped you on this journey? In closing, in reopening. What resources did you bring, what pressures were you under.
Recalling one-way hallways taped off by the maintenance team.
Before PPP, were you forced to meet quotas in order to reopen? And number restrictions from your licensing agency.
Were there any positives during this period?
I am grateful that online learning lead me to work at AJU! All the way from the east coast!
Yay, Sasha! We’re so lucky to have you!
Decided to work smarter rather than harder; streamlined our offerings.
Others said: Valuing my staff more, grown children home, more time in nature
Rabbi Kook: I don’t speak because I have the power to speak; I speak because I don’t have the power to remain silent.
Judaism compels us to be a light unto the nations—that we should hold our work to the highest standards.
Moses showed us what it is like to be on a mission. To have core values that guide us on that mission. How has this year challenged you to rethink your values, vision, mission?
What risks have you taken and what risks will you be willing to take in the year ahead?
Let’s talk about your Aaron (Moses’ brother).
Aaron was older, and therefore perhaps the born leader. Instead he helped guide, shield, and protect Moses, making Moses what he is.
If you have an Aaron, make sure you support and appreciate what that Aaron does for you.
And also... Who can you be an "Aaron" for?
Questions: Where was your freedom? What was your definition of freedom? What did you take delight in? Where did you find sanctuary? Who did you turn to for salvation? What is your definition of freedom? What is difference between being free or feeling free? What is the relationship between freedom and rules. Slavery as imposition of inappropriate rules. Freedom as imposition of appropriate rules. What inappropriate freedoms did you want as a teacher, in your school? What freedoms do you want as a director?
What are the freedoms that you have? What do you wish you had? What are some of the silver linings you have appreciated? What is it that you have our are willing in the future to speak up for that you have noticed that you need to.
How do we communicate with others? Theory of mind—to put yourself into someone else’s mind to understand how they think and what triggers them.
Please repeat the name of the book.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Robert B Cialdini
What are the symbols that unite us? How can they help us?
Thinking about your leadership style—political, religious, visionary? Do you know how to be all three? Which is most challenging for you.
What would help you improve?
What part of your job is isolating? Relationships are so key for leaders. When you are in a relationship with ppl you work in—always at the intersection of personal and professional in Jewish communal life—so tricky.
Remember that you need your team more than they need you.
How are we somehow inadvertently creating anxiety for our constituency? What is the role of communication. Anxiety, with its cortisol and adrenaline is really problematic.
Study of a game of Boggle—if someone not of my in-group would come to play me, would activate the amygdala.
Does my presence light up prefrontal cortex or amygdala for each of my staff? How to influence that.
Jelly bean jar principle: Working alone to estimate, you would be less effective than working with a larger group to work together. The jelly bean jar principle shows us that decisions we make in isolation are never as effective as decisions made collaboratively.
Your team working with you will help you achieve your vision. Will help you adapt it to give you a better shot at success.
We can use the lessons we have learned to grow in our leadership.
Pointing you in a direction:
Toward the highest form of leadership
Can you create a legacy? Can you transcend your position?
If you/we would disappear (God forbid!), what legacy would remain? What have you done and can you do to cultivate the people power you have in your institutions so that you have so many leaders around you so that you are hitting this highest level of leadership.
But oy we will still have challenges.
What are some of the issues we are going to face?
Doing a pre-mortem. If we had failed, what are the things we would have done that would have contributed to our demise? How can we avoid doing them.
PAUSE for APPLAUSE
Worthy wage must always be said along with retirement funds.
and health care!
Slavery would be to make people work until their deaths.
We must start by thinking first about those who make the least amount of money. Without them we cannot do our jobs.
So: How prepared are you for the next challenge?
If you are not yet prepared, lets make space for these conversations.
This is the rock you have and this is the rock you want. One is rocky to the smooth. Cant get there with dynamite. Only happens with time, gentle massaging and buffing by different elements. What are the small steps forward that you will commit to changing to today?
What is one small change you can commit to?
Retirement fund for ALL employees
Could your change include more learning with the wonderful Dr. Tamar Andrews? Come learn with us at AJU: https://www.aju.edu/school-jewish-education-and-leadership/ma-education-early-childhood-education
There are many instructors and mentors in this community! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to learn more!
JSTEM class for credit. BA completion and MAEd ECE. Feel free to reach out- firstname.lastname@example.org
Make space for these big conversations—about what we must do
Share the key messages from today with my community specifically our EC directors.
Write an article about some of these challenges and help encourage a director in my community to write one as well :)
thank you Tamar!
Galit Lopatin Bordereau