What’s a CYO?
CYO means Choose Your Own learning. Choose Your Own learning sessions encourage you to explore topics that challenge you! Whether they focus on a specialized area or more general topic, these 20 different sessions are geared toward an open audience. This is a great way to round out your learning based on your own interests and needs.
Listed below are the currently available CYO sessions. More will be added, soon.
Session Title: The Seven Jewish Lenses
Speaker: Kathy Pomer
Are you always seeking a way for everyone to understand the intent and implications of each decision? What if you could do so through the power of a shared language, one using Jewish lenses that harken back to centuries-old Jewish texts? The Sheva Center has begun to have great success helping early childhood centers across our network use these lenses to make daily decisions and begin visionary conversations. Join Kathy Pomer, educational director for the Sheva Center Leadership Institute, as we delve into the impact and possibilities of knowing exactly why we do what we do using seven Jewish lenses as our guide.
Session Title: Strength-Based Management
Speaker: Jordan Shenker
What if there were a strategy that focused staff on what they do best, increased productivity, helped to achieve mission and was good for business? Well, there is. Strengths-based management lets you focus on your greatest talents, develop them and bring them to everything you do. Strengths-based management allows you to focus and develop the strengths of your staff team and what your JCC does best in the community to maximize potential. This session will offer tactics and strategies to immediately implement that will make a difference for you as a professional, for your department or for your whole agency.
Session Title: Starting with Values
Speaker: Dr. Marci Meyer Eisen
Research confirms that values are the key to feeling inspired and deepening commitments. Experience a variety of exercises individually, in dyads and small groups to explore your own values, get to know others in new ways, and explore shared commitments to your organization’s mission.
Session Title: Proven Strategies for Maximizing Family Engagement from PJ Library
Speaker: Jamie Light
PJ Library’s Tracy Newman and Jamie Light will take you through the agency’s Engagement Guiding Principles to help you attract families to and retain them in your programs—and to the JCC. We’ll unpack what makes an engaging and welcoming environment, the benefits of building personal connections with and among your families, and how to reimagine parent volunteers. Participants will leave this session with strategies they can replicate across their JCC—from wellness and recreation to Jewish life and culture, from early childhood to youth and after school programming, and everywhere in between!
Session Title: Navigating Integrated Communities
Speaker: Dori Denelle
Dori Denelle, a JCC Association vice president who works with many of these communities, will explore the model of integrated communities (functional federations). This is one that works seamlessly in some communities and can be challenging in others. Bring your experience and learn how we can put best practices into place.
Session Title: Body Language as a Tool to Achieve Presence and Attention You Want
Speaker: Dr. Assael Romanelli
Use secrets from the neuro-linguistic-programming and theater world to help you get and create the energy/presence/discipline you want when you are presenting. Dr. Assael Romanelli is a couple and family therapist who incorporates psychodrama and action methods, as well a performer in his own right. He will focus of this workshop on non-verbal communication.
Session Title: Reflective Supervision
Speaker: Caron Blank
The fast-paced nature of managing and leading JCC program departments requires both the management skills to support daily operations, as well as a strong leadership ability to achieve high-level goals. Caron Blanke, one of JCC Association’s Sheva faculty, and a leader in this rea, will focus on the myriad of talents necessary to be a successful and reflective leader, supporting the growth of others is of primary importance. In this interactive session, we will explore what reflective practice means both for ourselves as leaders, as well as how it can affect the growth of others. You will learn how to cultivate a reflective organizational culture, how to shift from providing task-oriented supervision to reflective supervision and develop basic skills to implement new systems of reflectively supervising professionals who count on you to help them grow. This session is for supervisors with three to five years of supervision experience.