On May 7 and 8, 2012, thirteen Schools of Education alumni who are entering the world of work this summer participated on two campuses in The New Educator Transition Boot Camp. The Boot Camp was an intensive learning experience intended to launch new alumni into their transition with hands-on support through skill development and an expanded network of colleagues (i.e. more senior alumni). Over the two days, there were eight different learning sessions led by fifteen different alumni in the field. Sessions focused on both the professional and personal challenges of the transition to the workplace.
The New Educator Transition Boot Camp is the first pilot project of the Induction Initiative of the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative of HUC-JIR. The purpose of the Boot Camp is to prepare new graduates to apply learning from the College-Institute as new professionals in the workplace. Alumni developed new skills, honed skills that will be needed on the job, and developed personal plans to address issues they will face as they transition to the professional workplace.
In addition to the learning sessions, the Boot Camp included an Alumni Tool Kit. The virtual tool kit includes all the materials from each Boot Camp learning session and additional materials related to each topic. The tool kit also connects new alumni via a closed Facebook group where they can raise questions, share materials and offer support.
Rebecca Reice (RHSOE '10, LA '12) said, "It has given me a new network of people to turn to for advice and help. It has given me a series of written resources. It has helped me to consider how I can tap into my emotional resources. It has encouraged me to set goals and ways to keep those goals alive, as I am buried under emails, phone calls, meetings, and the frequency of handling the urgent, but not important issues in synagogue life."