Pictured above: Valley of the Sun JCC Early Childhood Center Director Rachel Wallach (left) and Valley of the Sun JCC CEO Jay Jacobs (right) celebrate the acceptance of ECC educators Malka Wolfman and Mike Caro into the JCC Association of North America’s Sheva Center Leadership Institute.
Valley of the Sun JCC Early Childhood Center educators Mike Caro and Malka Wolfman are among 31 fellows accepted into the JCC Association of North America’s inaugural Sheva Center Leadership Institute.
“Malka and Mike are exceptional teachers and our staff is excited to learn from them as they bring back their new knowledge and passion over the next three years and we become a true Sheva school that honors children, parents and their teachers,” said Rachel Wallach, director of the ECC. “It is exciting to think about the endless possibilities that this fellowship will bring to not only The J, but to the entire community.”
Caro and Wolfman will participate in the three-year program which includes six week-long retreats and two international study tours through Israel and Reggio Emilia, Italy. In addition, they will participate in monthly webinars between retreats.
The program works to instill aspects of the Sheva Framework into local ECC education and throughout the entire J community. Fellows will focus on exemplary education practices in teacher recruitment, family satisfaction, and retention of teachers and families to develop them as leaders in the field.
The institute, funded with a $1.9 million grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, builds on earlier investments by the Covenant Foundation, which founded the Sheva Covenant Directors Institute in 2014.