The Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute (JECELI), a new collaboration between the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and the Jewish Theological Seminary is now recruiting candidates for its inaugural Spring 2012 launch! Developed in consultation with the Bank Street College of Education and with the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation, JECELI will provide new and aspiring Jewish early childhood education directors with 15 months of intensive professional development. The institute will focus on best practices in early childhood education and Jewish education as the foundation for leadership, learning, and school culture. The JECELI experience will include one orientation program in late spring, two weeks of study in New York City for two successive summers, one winter learning experience, continued learning and practice in the participants' own schools supported by on-line communications, and interaction with a mentor and mentoring group for intensive individual support. JECELI is recruiting 16 participants (Program Fellows) for the first cohort. For more information, please contact Lyndall Miller, Program Director at JECELI@jtsa.edu.
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