Working in a Jewish Preschool can be the most rewarding, and sometimes the hardest, work in Jewish communal life. Adapting to Covid-19 protocols, rules, and distancing intensifies an already demanding job.

Children with behavioral challenges need additional support at this time and many of our standard  resources, like having a colleague come and offer support, or have the child take some time to cool down in the Director’s office, are no longer possible.

Join us for an informal discussion to gain insight, connect with colleagues, and receive concrete ideas to take back to your classroom with Special Education consultant, Cara Dressler.

Join us if you…

  • have a specific question or concern about an individual student or behavior patterns
  • want to learn about communication with parents
  • are interested in tools for working as a team with your co-workers
  • are looking for general support and connection with others working in Jewish preschool settings

Come as an individual, or with other members of your team. Each session will utilize a facilitated conversation method to ensure that each participant’s concerns are addressed. We will encourage participants to support one another and engage in a shared problem solving process.

This drop in series is designed for educators in all Jewish preschool settings, however is focused on classroom environments with multiple students present.

Speaker Bio

Cara Dressler

Cara holds a Masters in Special Education and works as a special education therapist and consultant with a speciality in working with young children and their families. Cara has over 7 years experience as a classroom preschool teacher, and working in ABA and play-based therapy for students ages 2–12 years old. Cara’s experience as a teacher in Jewish preschools inspires her to consult with ECE professionals. Her collaborative approach to working with directors and teachers provides guidance and education regarding inclusion, special education and how disabilities affect the child and their family. Cara is passionate about advocacy for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and is affiliated with several organizations, including serving on the advisory council of a non-profit that creates and facilitates inclusive housing communities.

Dates and Location

Monthly on Thursdays
6:30 – 7:30 pm Pacific

September 30, 2021
October 28, 2021
November 18, 2021
January 27, 2022
February 24, 2022
March 31, 2022
April 28, 2022
May 26, 2022

Sessions will be held on Zoom. Please direct questions to: 

Cost and Registration

There is no registration fee for this program, but registration is required:

This program is part of Jewish LearningWorks approach to supporting Jewish educators to feel confident and competent in working with all children. This work is generously supported by The Jewish Community Federation and Foundation’s donor advised funds and the Fineman, King, Kohn, Kravitz-Fisher and Sugarman families.