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The Learning is in the Reflection


by Ellen Rank

As we finish up this year of learning in our congregations, we must take to the time to pause and reflect on what we have done, what we have learned and what we see as our next steps. The Express Innovation team has designed a set of questions for guided reflection. I have revised the questions so that they can be used by any education team. I invite you to share these questions with your team, to take a step back and reflect, and learn from your experience and your reflections.


10 Questions to consider as you think about the past year:

  • What are some snapshots, headlines, vignettes, or anecdotes that demonstrate your success, learning, or change?
  • What are you still trying to change?
  • To what do you attribute your success?
  • What didn’t work?
  •  What were the greatest challenges?
  • What did you (as an individual, as a team, and/or as a congregation) learn?
  •  What resources were most helpful?
  • What do you want to take with you from the past year?  What do you want to leave behind?
  • How have you implemented, increased, or experimented with professional development for education faculty (i.e. teachers)?
  • How have you applied powerful learning principles in your synagogue education program?

Questions to consider as you think about the year(s) ahead):

  • What questions remain? What new questions do you have?
  • How are you going to share success? How will your community learn about your success?
  • What do you think other congregations can learn from your successes and/or challenges?
  • What might you learn from other congregations?
  • In a perfect world, where would you go from here?
  • What will help you sustain/ take it to the next level?


We would love to hear what your education team has learned from reflecting.

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