Shifting the Paradigm.
May 7-9, 2017
Once again we will gather together to #shifttheparadigm in Jewish early childhood education. Are you ready to make a difference? Do you contribute your heart, your energy, and your time to #makingshifthappen? If so, we need you with us in 2017!
Some of the questions on our minds this year:
See and feel the energy of a Paradigm Project Conference:
Choose your own adventure for Sunday, May 7, 2017
We will formally open the conference together at the 5:30pm opening session at Capital Retreat Center.
Option A: School Visit
Group Visit Temple Sinai Nursery School in Washington, D.C. 1-3pm.
Option B: Exploring Block Play
Group visit to the "Play Work Build" exhibition at the National Building Museum. 1-3pm.
Option C: Nature Intensive
Mess About in Nature at Capital Retreat Center utilizing the Hawkins Approach. 1-4pm
Option D: Nada
None of the above; I will see you at the opening session!
Option E: People of the Book
PJ Goes to School festivities at the Capital Retreat Center. This session is open to all educators who participate in PJ Goes to School. 2:30-4:30pm
Q. What will the schedule be like?
A. Your registration form offers us key information about the kind of conference you are needing at this moment. Our planning committee reads and considers all of this intake information before scheduling the conference. This helps us prioritize which presenters to invite and which aspects of Jewish learning would most effectvely deepen the experience. Based on previous years, we know that you can expect sessions of varying sizes and formats, with overarching threads around leadership, Jewish big ideas, and social-constructivist early childhood education (think: relationships, the Reggio Emilia approach, exploring materials, and a growing focus on nature education). Some of the most important moments at a conference happen over a walk or during impromptu conversations on the couch, and the schedule allows for this as well, respecting however you choose to participate. To see last year's schedule, check out https://jparadigm.topi.com.
Q. I am panicking about choosing my pre-conference!
A. We hear you! You can make a change to this enrollment until March 31, 2017. To do this, please email email@example.com.
Q. When can I check in?
A. Anytime between 3-5:15pm on Sunday, May 7, 2017.
Q. Holy moly there are so many room choices!
A. We occupy every room at the retreat center, even utilizing rooms at a nearby hotel. The accommodations vary and we want to make sure you are paying for what you are getting--no more and no less. We have learned that knowing what you are getting helps folks feel maximally comfortable when they arrive. Room types are listed in ascending order according to price.
Q. Tell me more about the option to stay at an off-site hotel.
A. Because space at the retreat center is limited, we are pleased to offer a housing option at the nearby Cobblestone Hotel. For some #ParadigmShifters, this is the perfect option--a perfectly quiet getaway at the end of the conference day. When you hereby register for this type of accommodation, we will secure your hotel room for you--this is one-stop shopping! If you select this option, we suggest having a rental car. You can consider hitching a ride with a fellow #ParadigmShifter, though this may be an unreliable option.
Q. My ticket lists a seat number, are there assigned seats?
A. Please note that you should disregard the seat number you will see at the bottom of your ticket; it is for internal organization only.
Q. What is the refund policy?
A. If you cancel by March 31, 2017, you will be issued a 75% refund. (No refunds will be issued after that date.) Because our room reservation process is more precise this year, we are unfortunately not able to accommodate a more generous refund policy. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Which airport should I fly into?
A. You have a few solid options: Baltimore-Washington (BWI), Reagan (DCA), Washington Dulles (IAD). If you are partaking of Sunday's options A or B, DCA is the closest airport.
Q. How should I get from the airport to the Retreat Center?
A. We suggest renting a car. Head to the Hub to ask for a ride or try using our rideshare board. A shuttle is also a good option. LL Transit is scheduling carpools for a reduced rate ($25-$125 single trip, depending on carpool size, with a $25 surchage for DCA trips). Owner/driver team can also be scheduled for a single rider. Contact Delisa (email@example.com or 717-762-8697).
Q. How would I get from a pre-conference to the Retreat Center?
A. We recommend renting a car or catching a ride with a fellow #ParadigmShifter by utilizing our rideshare board.
The Paradigm Project is a grassroots change initiative and growing network of practitioner-activists that seeks to multiply and nurture the seeds of excellence in Jewish early childhood education. For more: www.jparadigm.org.
In order to purchase these tickets in installments, you'll need an Eventbrite account. Log in or sign up for a free account to continue.