Annual Report Tucson J 2018 - Page 7

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION JOLINE RIDDLE | DIRECTOR OF EARLY CHILDHOOD 2018 was our year to sharpen and expand our strong early childhood program, events, and professional development that represent our philosophy of learning and community. Our goal is to always look for new engagements that enhance our commitment to families. We are committed to the JCCA Sheva Framework and demonstrate this commitment to families, children, and faculty: Families are a vital part of education, children are agents of their own learning, and faculty are professionals in our community. We are framed by the JCCA Sheva seven core elements: politics, these relationships are enacted through mutual understanding of specific rights and responsibilities. But covenantal relationships are valued in and of themselves, not just as a means to realize other ends. Our lives revolve around our inescapable relationships to our environment, our families, our friends, our colleagues, and our world. Both our personal and professional lives are enriched by bringing relationships in which we feel a true sense of security; relationships in which our individuality is honored, our opinions are heard, our needs are considered. Children as Constructivist Learners, Early Childhood Directors ~Sheva Center, for the Advancement of Early Education as Visionaries, Early Childhood Educators as Professionals, Professionals Families as Engaged Partners, Environments as Inspiration for Inquiry, discoverCATCH as Sh’mirat aGuf and Israel as a Source and Resource. Our faculty is comfortable with the language and support that is provided by this learning framework. We are able to reflect on our work with families and children using Sheva elements and now with a more focused look on the Sheva lenses: • Tzelem Elohim – Divine Image • D’rash – Interpretation • B’rit – Covenant • Masa – Journey • Hit’orerut – Awakening • K’dushah – Holiness • Tikkun Olam – Repair the World We are able to use the elements to view our daily strengths and struggles with the lenses as our guide. I like to think of our work with families, children, and co-workers through one of the lenses: B’rit (Covenant): The Hebrew word “b’rit” means “covenant.” A covenantal relationship enables us to partner with others in pursuit of shared vision, to grow, to risk, and to communicate with honesty. Like many relationships typical of business and