Community of Practice (CoP)

A small group of Greater MetroWest early childhood educators is forming. They will take a deep year-long dive into issues relevant to their teaching practice.

The topic of this year’s Community of Practice is
Partnering to Empower: Building Effective Educator-Parent Relationships.  

The program will run from fall 2017 through spring 2018, culminating with a celebration of learning at the Annual Early Childhood and Family Empowerment Conference on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael in Springfield. 

Apply by October 18. 

The goals of this Early Childhood and Family Empowerment CoP include helping early childhood educators:

  1. Develop peer-to-peer networks.
  2. Exchange ideas around their educational practices.
  3. Exchange ideas about how to encourage families to do more “Jewishly” at home and in their communities.
  4. Implement, reflect upon, and evaluate the new practices they’ve learned.


A CoP is a group of people who share a passion for something that they know how to do and who interact regularly to discover new ways to do it even better.

Selected participants will attend a series of three workshops from fall 2017 through spring 2018. Each workshop will be led by a master educator and will focus on tools, tips, and techniques for relationship-building with families.

Dates and locations of workshops will be determined by the group and once all applications have been received.

One master educator will facilitate three in-person workshops and any on-line dialogue between workshops.

In this pilot year, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest is subsidizing all educators’ participation in the CoP. Participants will only pay a $45 administrative fee. Master educators will each receive $900 for facilitating three workshops, including relevant curriculum design and creating on-line dialogue between workshops.