Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Mother Ship is Launching

The work begins. For six months I've been working on  The Jewish Education Project's 2014-15 plan  to support congregations and part time settings  I've documented the work of planning this blog. Steps have included engaging funders, lay leaders, educators, clergy, parents and our own agency--we've called it listening to 500 Voices.  Our Big and Ultimate work is to enable part time Jewish educational settings to create Jewish learning that moves to real life.

Our commitments to: 1) build on success and 2) push out the next frontier. Reality dictates we do our work with limited resources. Here's the Mother Ship (the plan for the year) we're launching. Was it worth listening to 500 voices?

Goal 1. Expand & Deepen Educational Changes in the Coalition of Innovating Congregations

  • I*Express                                                                                                                                          21 Congregations (many new to the Coalition) will adapt & launch new models of part-time learning
  •  Peer Networks                                                                                                                                 100  educators, teachers, clergy and lay leaders meetnig in small groups throughout the year to "gain the wisdom in the room," on innovation questions and needs
  • Boot-Camp                                                                                                                                          Fall and Winter in day and on line learning of Coalition resources and tools for new lay and or professional leaders in the Coalition 
  • In site-ful Journeys and Ambassadors                                                                                                Spring visits to wow places and with wow innovators who've created learning that impacts  
  • Private Consulting                                                                                                                               For sites who want to move at their own innovation pace and  agenda, they can work with a Jewish Education Consultant privately                                                                                                 

Goal 2: Document Success of Coalition to spread change in an Innovation Marketplace

  •       Impact Now                                                                                                                              Documents the stories 15 new models of Jewish part time education. The story  includes written and video documentation and impact on the learner. We'll test out  how we can share that story in a Digital Innovation Marketplace.
  • Learner Outcomes                                                                                                                                We'll convene think tanks, and tracking tools to help name and measure learner outcomes

Goal 3:  Imagine new Jewish part time educational settings (non congregations)

  •          We'll work with six communities across the country to hear the hopes and dreams of parents; build on children's learning and interests to create new models of part time learning

OK that's the Mother Ship. We're ready to launch. What do you think?