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The Churchill School and Center

Hidden Sparks and the Churchill School, dedicated to educating children with learning disabilities, collaborated to create the Learning Lenses curriculum and its adaptation into a blended learning course. The innovative  curriculum provides the framework for the Hidden Sparks training programs that educate teachers to become resident faculty experts in their schools in teaching to diverse learners.

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REACH

Beginning in 2012, with funding from the Covenant Foundation, Hidden Sparks partnered with Reach, a program of Jewish Child and Family Services in Chicago, to introduce the Hidden Sparks professional development program to the Chicago area. With the support of Hidden Sparks, REACH has trained 10 coaches who serve 30 teachers from three local schools, reaching 450 children in the Chicago area. In the community, the Reach program specifically addresses children with educational disabilities, emotional issues and health concerns by providing specialized services in Jewish day schools in the area.

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SHEMESH

Starting in 2012, with funding from the Covenant Foundation, Hidden Sparks partnered with Shemesh in Baltimore, MD to introduce the Hidden Sparks professional development program to Jewish schools in the area. To date, with the support of Hidden Sparks, Shemesh has trained 14 coaches that serve 30 teachers in nine schools. Over the last couple of years, 450 local children have benefitted from having Hidden Sparks trained resident resources on teaching to diverse learners.   Shemesh serves the Baltimore community by providing the educational support necessary for Jewish children with learning differences so that they can reach their full intellectual, emotional, academic and social potential in a Jewish setting.

The Society for the Advancement of Education

Beginning in the summer of 2014, Hidden Sparks partnered with the Israeli Agudah L’Kidum Chinuch (Society for the Advancement of Education), to pilot its External and Internal Coach programs in schools in Jerusalem and  Ramle and during the 2014-2015 school year.  Over the summer, Hidden Sparks hosted its Learning Lenses training program for educators  facilitated by  Claire Wurtzel, Co-Educational Director of Hidden Sparks, and Roxanna Neiman from the David Yellin College. The course provided full credit for teachers- arranged through HAPISGAH, and arrangements are now underway for the course to take place again over the summer of 2015. Together, Hidden Sparks and SAE aim  to add 3 additional schools in the 2015-2016 school year with support from Tmura, the Israel Public Service Venture Fund.