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Are you exhausted from managing every assignment? From solving every conflict? From never having time to yourself? We all want our children to be happy, successful, and well-supported, but it’s hard to know how much to be involved in our children’s lives – and when to step back. This workshop will help you think about how to find the right balance for your family between giving your children the space they need to become self-reliant and still making sure that they are able to cope with the challenges of today’s world.

Date: Mar 21, 2017 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Dr. Yoni Schwab

Help your students and children find their own meaning in tefilla and establish stronger connections to their davening. During this webinar you will gain a better understanding of the development of prayer in children and adolescents and be provided with some practical strategies for enabling students to find their own voice, all within the context of using the texts of the Siddur.

Date: Mar 01, 2017 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Rabbi Jay Goldmintz

Current cognitive research has shown that there are three specific nonacademic skills that are essential for student success. In this workshop participants will learn about the research on Grit, Growth Mindset, and Motivation and how this information can be translated into classroom practice to facilitate these skills and maximize student success.

Date: Feb 22, 2017 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Hollis Dannaham

This webinar will provide you with crucial information regarding the technology that our children are accessing. While a healthy exposure to technology is beneficial, we also want to recognize the risks and possible pitfalls that are present. In addition, this presentation will inform you of the ins and outs of many popular apps so that you can feel up to date on tools your children might be logging on to.

Date: Feb 08, 2017 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Rabbis Efrayim Clair and Dov Hochbaum

Tests and quizzes are part and parcel of almost every learning environment, and information gleaned from assessment goes far beyond the letter or number grade. Teachers will learn how to use assessment information to effectively direct instruction both for the class and for individual students. This interactive workshop will help build your skills so that you can facilitate instruction for real student retention, teach study and test taking skills, use formative and summative assessments, and design alternatives to testing.

Date: Jan 03, 2017 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

Many people think the words “tantrum” and “meltdown” mean the same thing, and they can look very similar when you see a child having one. But for children with sensory processing or self-regulation challenges, a meltdown is very different from a tantrum. This webinar, in partnership with Understood.org will help you understand the differences and will provide you with strategies so that you can respond in a way that better supports your child.

Date: Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Amanda Morin

How can we use the science and knowledge of human behavior to support our children in all areas? This webinar will address myths about rewards and punishments and offer suggestions regarding motivating rewards that have No Salt, No Sugar, and Cost No Money.

Date: Nov 16, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

Get off to a strong start this year when it comes to classroom management. This workshop will cover specific strategies, procedures, and teaching techniques to effectively prevent classroom disruptions and allow for effective teaching.

Date: Nov 03, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Mindy Rosenthal

Today’s culture of entitlement and privilege erodes our natural inclinations towards gratitude.  This webinar will provide information on many benefits of gratitude, and offer direct strategies to inculcate the attitude of gratitude in families and schools.  The developmental challenges across childhood, pre-teen, and adolescent years will be carefully considered.

Date: May 31, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

Do you suspect that your student’s reaction to sights, sounds, or touch is over the top? Does your student have trouble tuning in at  circle time, maintaining personal space, or transitioning  smoothly? This webinar will focus on the unique sensory challenges that surface in school. Participants will come away with practical and effective strategies targeted to individual students and the classroom as a whole to help children modulate their behavior and thrive socially.

Date: May 18, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Chaye Lamm Warburg

When most people are asked “What is dyslexia?” the typical response is “Isn’t that when you reverse your letters and numbers?” It’s a common misconception and one that we will address in this webinar.  We will consider what dyslexia is and what it isn’t and what are some of the remarkable strengths that may accompany this language based learning difference.  We’ll also describe some of the latest research on dyslexia and see what are effective interventions and accommodations.

Date: Apr 05, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Karen Kruger

As a teacher or parent, are you confused by children who seem very capable, yet have difficulty concentrating, sitting still and listening, or finishing something they start- unless it’s very exciting? Do you find they have the ability to concentrate well on some things but not others? We tell them to ” pay attention “, but they can’t seem to always look or listen to the right thing at the right time. In this session you will learn about attention- the complex system of brain controls that energizes us and regulates our thinking and our ability to complete tasks- and strategies to support children who struggle in this area.

As a teacher or parent, are you confused by children who seem very capable, yet have difficulty concentrating, sitting still and listening, or finishing something they start- unless it’s very exciting? Do you find they have the ability to concentrate well on some things but not others? We tell them to ” pay attention “, but they can’t seem to always look or listen to the right thing at the right time. In this session you will learn about attention- the complex system of brain controls that energizes us and regulates our thinking and our ability to complete tasks- and strategies to support children who struggle in this area.

Date: Mar 15, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Claire Wurtzel
Topic: Attention

What neurodevelopmental demands are made on a child when we ask them to find and put their finger on the place in a Chumash , read and translate a Pasuk? What strategies can be employed for students who have challenges in attention, memory, language or other areas of neurodevelopment? In this webinar, you will learn to analyze and design your Judaic Studies lessons using a neurodevelopmental lens allowing for maximal success for all your students.

Date: Feb 23, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Tamar Bauman

This webinar will focus on practical strategies for helping parents of adolescents find the balance between love and limits in effectively parenting their teen. Current thinking about adolescent development will be discussed with an emphasis on new findings from the fields of neuroscience and developmental psychology. How parents can differentiate between minor irritants and more serious problems that might warrant professional attention will be presented as well as practical recommendations on how parents can effectively deal with common adolescent behavioral problems.

Date: Feb 09, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: David Pelcovitz

The results of ground-breaking brain research now play a role in early detection of future math learning disabilities allowing for targeted early intervention. This workshop will look at the spatial ordering system which governs qualitative number sense, how challenges manifest in the classroom and what strategies can be employed to support struggling students. We will also touch on how parts of memory, higher order cognition, language, and executive functions can affect performance in math, along with tools for intervention.

Date: Jan 06, 2016 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Hollis Dannaham

Do your students have trouble taking notes effectively? Are their notes acting as study tools? Become a game-changer  in the life of your students! This webinar will help you simplify and effectively give instruction for the use of guided notes, Cornell notes, and two column note- taking.  The webinar will also include  mnemonic  and review strategies that will turn student notes into study tools, and listening and summarizing techniques into effective communication tools for life.

Date: Nov 17, 2015 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

Do some of your students jump from one activity to another while others are so persistent that they have a hard time transitioning? Do you like to introduce new activities into your lessons but find that some of your students are hesitant or resistant? Based on the research of Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas, there are nine innate temperament traits that can affect a child’s behavior in the classroom and in life. In this workshop you will learn what these temperaments are and the five components of classroom ecology that you can adjust to better support your students.

Date: Nov 04, 2015 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Hollis Dannaham

Teaching adolescents presents challenges and opportunities. When educators understand adolescent development, and appreciate teens’ approach to learning, their belief systems, their notions about rules and authority, and their passion for meaning and belonging, they can increase the effectiveness of their teaching. Learn to harness teens’ strengths to support the remarkable learning and growth for which teens and educators alike yearn.

Date: Oct 27, 2015 @ 8:30 - 9:30 PM
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

This webinar will explore anxiety and the forms it takes in children and teens. Causes and situationally specific anxiety, such as test anxiety and speaking anxiety will be discussed. Strategies for parents and teachers to help those children and teens who struggle with anxiety will be offered, as well as metacognitive approaches that children and teens can learn to self-regulate their worries.

Date: May 12, 2015 @ 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

This webinar is geared to help teachers use effective communication to solve common classroom challenges. Strategies to increase student participation and clarity of expressive language will be modeled. This webinar will also offer numerous techniques to empower teachers to reflect, validate, and reduce emotionality of student responses.

Date: Apr 29, 2015 @ 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET
Instructor: Zipora Schuck
Topic: Attention

This workshop will explore the various aspects of self-esteem with practical and research based strategies for building genuine self-worth. Redefining a child’s image, training them in an “optimistic explanatory style”, and priming them for success are some techniques that will be covered. This webinar will also address avoiding the common pitfalls of, perfectionist thinking, mental filtering, and mistaking feelings for facts.

Date: Apr 14, 2015 @ 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET
Instructor: Mindy Rosenthal

Do you suspect that your child’s over-reaction to sights, sounds, touch, or crowds is over the top? Does it seem like your child doesn’t tune in to what is going on around him/her? Does your child violate personal space, resist change and transition poorly? Have difficulty learning a sport or shy away from playground equipment? Welcome! This webinar will focus on the unique sensory challenges that arise at home. Participants will come away with specific strategies designed to modulate children’s responses to sensory input, regulate their behavior and boost motor planning. Learn how to select practical and effective activities you can use immediately to target your child’s unique challenges and capitalize on his/her strengths.

Date: Mar 17, 2015 @ 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET
Instructor: Chaye Lamm Warburg

What do we expect from our students when teaching Rashi in the elementary school classroom? What demands and expectations are built into a child’s decoding and comprehension of Rashi and where are the breakdowns for children who struggle? This webinar examines the neuro-developmental systems that students need in order to be successful in reading and understanding Rashi. It suggests ways to reach more of our students and provides strategies to help the children who struggle.

Date: Feb 24, 2015 @ 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET
Instructor: Sara Chaya Farbstein

If he is so bright, why does he struggle with keeping his materials organized? How can it be that she knows all the answers when I call on her but doesn’t pass a test? Why does he keep bothering his peers and then get upset when no one wants to play with him? This webinar will begin to answer these questions and present strategies so that you can help children like this stay focused, control their impulses, and keep themselves organized so they can be successful academically and socially.

Date: Jan 07, 2015 @ 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Instructor: Mindy Rosenthal

This webinar designed to give parents tips, tools and strategies to transform the homework experience. Using organizational ideas, life skill lessons, empathy, understanding, and creativity – parents will be able to help both themselves and their children successfully and more calmly get through daily homework.

Date: Dec 02, 2014 @ 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

This webinar will define bullying, its unique characteristics, and impact in the Jewish community. The focus of the webinar will be on what parents and educators can do to help children who are teased or socially excluded, and how we can work with all children to be socially responsible bystanders and create caring communities.

Date: Nov 12, 2014 @ 8:00 - 9:00 pm ET
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

An important goal of education is to help children become readers. Summer is a perfect time to help children experiences the pleasures and benefits of reading. This webinar explores what parents can do at home to support and cultivate the joy of reading.

Date: Jun 11, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET
Instructor: Elizabeth Fox

Guided Reading, a teaching approach used with a small group of students, is designed to help individual students read increasingly challenging texts over time. This webinar will focus on the specific elements of a guided reading lesson. Participants will learn how to use meaning, language structure, and visual phonic cues (the three cueing systems) to assist students in successfully engaging with texts.  Practical examples of guided reading lessons utilizing various level texts will be explored.

Date: May 13, 2014 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Hadassah Berg

For twelve and thirteen year olds with learning differences and disabilities, the preparation for bar and bat mitzvah can be more stressful than joyous.   For some, a learning process focused on Hebrew decoding, memorizing and speech writing can be an obstacle.  For others, the celebration, often marked in the context of a “packed” synagogue on a Shabbat morning, can be terrifying. This webinar will help you prepare for this important life cycle event by tapping into your child’s interests and strengths, and introducing approaches such as adaptive technologies, music and art to help make the process more enjoyable for all.

Date: May 07, 2014 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Howard Blas

Part 3 of 3 – for middle and high school age

As children age, they begin to use technology to connect with peers. With the right guidance, peer-to-peer learning online can have very positive effects. However, recent trends of online bullying and harassment highlights the potential downsides of social networks. Participants of this workshop will learn about the impact of online bullying on young adults, how to recognize the signs of online bullying and what the requirements are for educators re: reporting.

Date: Mar 26, 2014 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Jeannie Crowley

This webinar provides a practical overview to the Collaborative Problem Solving approach to working with children who lack the skill to behave well. All children, parents and teachers want to do well. But even with the best intentions, unpleasant confrontations may arise at home or in school with children who have social, emotional  and behavioral challenges. These children can be exasperating to parents, and teachers who are involved in dealing with the consequences of children’s inability to meet expectations.

Date: Mar 05, 2014 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Claire Wurtzel

It’s never too late to become more organized! By this point in the school year teachers have covered large amounts of curriculum and students have progressed in many academic areas. However, many of these same children have difficulty maturing in regards to organizing themselves, their time, their books, and their belongings. This webinar will offer teachers practical classroom based strategies to help children master  systems, routines, schedules, and ‘their stuff’ throughout the school day.

Date: Feb 12, 2014 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

Do you try to avoid threats, bribes, and punishments, but find yourself using them anyway, just to survive the day? Join us for a webinar with parenting expert Joanna Faber and learn how to help your child cope with difficult feelings, engage your child’s cooperation without sacrificing good will, and resolve conflicts without punishment. You’ll come away with new skills you can use immediately to make your life with children easier and more satisfying.

Date: Jan 13, 2014 @ 8:00 - 9:00 pm
Instructor: Joanna Faber

Part 2 of 3 – for elementary school age

Not all screen time is created equally. Some screen time for young children can be harmful and other uses of technology can help young learners expand their critical and creative skills. Participants in this webinar will learn how to distinguish between passive and active uses of screen time and develop a toolkit of resources to use with young children.

Date: Jan 07, 2014 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Jeannie Crowley

Ever wonder about how to encourage and support your child’s motivation?  Is there a possibility that your child will do her chores without nagging or his homework without needling?  In this webinar we will explore the differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. We will discuss strategies for increasing intrinsic motivation and techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of the external reinforcers, such as praise, behavior charts, rewards and punishments  that parents and teachers often utilize.

Date: Dec 17, 2013 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Meryl Silver

Part 1 of 3 – for young children

In today’s technology-enhanced world, there are many options available for our children: children’s shows, apps, movies on Netflix and more. Participants in this webinar will learn about the effects (both positive and harmful) of screen time for different age ranges: birth to 2, early elementary and late elementary/beyond. Participants will evaluate their own use of screen time with children, discuss the different types of screen time, and develop practical strategies for using screen time with children of all ages.

Date: Dec 11, 2013 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Jeannie Crowley

In this webinar, teachers will consider pro-active approaches that build a sense of community and caring in the classroom.  Particular attention will be paid to the unique contribution the teacher can and should make in setting the emotional tone in the classroom.  Teacher responses in social conflict will also be considered, as they help build a caring classroom where all students feel valued and welcomed.

Date: Nov 05, 2013 @ 8:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

Why is my child able to remember the names of all the students in his class and all the teachers in his school, but he can’t recall the multiplication facts? Or, why does my daughter remember all her cousins’ and aunts’ and uncles’ birthdays, but she can’t remember to brush her teeth before she goes to bed?  We have all been puzzled by seemingly inconsistent memory performance as exhibited by our children and worried by our own memory lapses.  In this webinar, we will consider the different kinds of memory and how it is possible to have both strengths and weaknesses in this pathway of learning.  We will also discuss memory strategies to help our children at home and ways to support our own memory challenges.

Date: May 21, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Karen Kruger

For the shy and anxious child- a child whose fearful or nervous thoughts and feelings impede their academic functioning- school can often be overwhelming and frightening.  This webinar will help teachers better understand children who struggle with anxiety and present strategies to empower teachers to support these students.

Date: Apr 17, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Meryl Silver

You’ve had a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s functioning….now what?!  In this webinar, we will review the different areas of a typical psychoeducational assessment report.  The goal is to help parents understand the different areas assessed, including cognitive, academic, language, executive processes, and social-emotional functioning. Additionally, we will discuss how to digest and use the information that is provided to help your child.

Date: Apr 09, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Orit Goldhamer

A variety of free, online technologies exist to help scaffold the writing process for students of all ages. This HSWOW webinar will show teachers a toolkit of websites to help them differentiate their instruction for learners who are struggling with organization, grammar, expressive language, sequencing and other writing difficulties. Participants will learn how to effectively use creative technology solutions to engage struggling writers and to give them the tools to succeed.

Please note that the facilitator will be “sharing” her desktop with participants as she goes to various websites and demonstrates online activities. As such, this particular session of HSWOW does not lend itself to phone-only participation.

Date: Mar 13, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Jeannie Crowley

Do you ever wonder about your child’s attention? Do you often hear yourself requesting (or begging) your child to “Pay attention,” “Stop day-dreaming,” or even “Stop moving around!”? Have you ever wondered (or been told by your child’s teacher) that attention issues might be getting in the way of your child’s success in school? In this one-hour session parents will have an opportunity to examine the three major attention controls (mental energy, processing and production) and how they manifest in behaviors. With the understanding that attention is a dynamic construct with many variables, we will develop a deeper understanding of our own children’s attention profiles. We will also look at the ways strengths and weaknesses in attention can affect a child’s academic success, how to talk to our children about attention, and develop strategies that can be used at home or at school to increase success.

Date: Mar 05, 2013 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Kate Sussman

Frequently misunderstood and always a concern of school administrators, Higher Order Cognition (HOC) is a very important pathway of learning.  Teachers want to emphasize the importance of higher order thinking in their lesson planning but often they don’t understand the different aspects of this construct.  In this webinar, we will explore the 7 different categories of higher order thinking and gain an understanding of how it is possible to have both areas of strengths and areas of challenges in this learning pathway. We will consider ways to enhance students’ higher order thinking skills and how to support students who struggle with these subsets of thinking.

Date: Feb 13, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Karen Kruger

Why do some children whimper quietly while others howl?  Why are some children timid, and others gutsy?  And why does a child who is so comfortable in one situation become distressed in another?  This workshop will explore the factors of temperament that influence our behavior.  While temperament need not limit a child’s life, parents’ understanding and appreciation of a child’s temperament can make daily life, and learning, easier and more successful.

Date: Dec 19, 2012 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

As partners in your child’s education, understanding the art and science of study skills will help you support your child’s learning process. This webinar offers an in-depth look at the skills students need to function in school and in the real world, including organization, time management, planning, listening and summarizing for notes, communication, stress reduction, test taking and goal setting. This session will help parents in these crucial areas with practical tips and hands-on ideas.

Date: Dec 18, 2012 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

You would like your child to be more organized, get homework done before midnight, and remember to take his/her books to school each day. For some children, organization comes naturally, but for the others, organization skills need to be directly taught and continually reinforced. Learn strategies to make your child’s life and yours less stressful and more productive.

Date: Nov 20, 2012 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Jane Gertler

Interactions between people and their environment, also known as ecology, must also be considered when thinking about student success in the classroom. Classroom ecology has a major impact on student achievement. Now that school has been underway for a few months, we will reflect on what components of a positive classroom culture we have established, and what else we can do to establish an optimal learning environment.

Date: Nov 14, 2012 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Kate Sussman

In every classroom there will be students struggling with some of the crucial executive functions – the tasks that help us execute our daily activities. These processes such as organization, time management, planning, transitioning and attention are key components to a successful educational experience. Late, Lost but Not Lazy is a webinar designed to enhance teachers’ understanding of children who struggle with executive functioning challenges and help strategize practical classroom based interventions that really work.

Date: Oct 24, 2012 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

How often we wonder why some children seem to easily accomplish tasks and achieve milestones while others struggle to keep up.  As parents, the dilemma is whether to assume these differences are part of typical development or indicators of more significant challenges.  Understanding child development can be an extremely powerful and helpful lens for parents. In this webinar, we will present child development along a continuum, from typically developing children to those with developmental challenges in behavior or learning. Some behavioral and learning issues that are outside the pattern of typical development will be explored and we will discuss the developmental tasks usually mastered at particular ages and phases.

Date: Oct 23, 2012 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

Spring is an excellent time to begin to prepare 7th grade students for their transition to high school. This HSWOW webinar will cover how to teach students about their personal learning styles, and how to become effective communicators and self-advocates for success in high school. The course will include different types of communication skills necessary for helping 8th graders write to their future high school teachers, plan and run meetings with high school teachers, and communicate the content of their IEPs (Individualized Education Program).

Date: May 02, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Karen Kruger

This HSWOW course offers an in-depth look at the skills students need to function in school and the real world. Study skills include organization, time management, planning, listening and summarizing for notes, communication, stress reduction, test taking and goal setting. This workshop will help teachers in these crucial areas with practical tips and hands-on ideas that can be embedded throughout their curricula.

Date: Mar 21, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

Reading comprehension, the process of constructing meaning through active interaction with a text, is the ultimate goal of reading instruction. This HSWOW webinar will focus on various areas of reading comprehension, such as predictions and prior knowledge, questioning, summarization, think-aloud and visualization, and will include strategies and techniques that may be utilized within each area. Participants will learn explicit approaches to helping students develop and apply these comprehension strategies.

Date: Feb 29, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Hadassah Berg

Technology can assist students to overcome difficulties with academic tasks, from accessing information to processing information and creating output. Computer based technology can help students read, write and organize. In this HSWOW course we will focus on several ways to use a computer and other devices, such as smartphones, MP3 players and tablets with students. Skills instruction will include techniques for reading text aloud, creating text from speech, taking annotated notes on the screen and using basic organization tools, such as online calendars.

Date: Feb 08, 2012 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Shannon Stringer

Every teacher and educator knows the behavior and learning of children and teens are impacted by their moods. From irritability to anxiety to sadness, moods can alter the interactions among students, peers and teachers. This HSWOW webinar offers an understanding of common moods that can be challenging to students and educators, and provides guidelines for how they can be recognized and addressed. The role of the teacher and environmental stimuli in contributing to difficult student moods as well as techniques for helping children shift from unproductive to healthier moods will be discussed. Tools for teaching children to recognize and modulate their own moods will be included, along with reflective practices to prevent teachers’ moods, beliefs and expectations from escalating challenging moods.

Date: Dec 14, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

Technology plays a major social and educational role in schools today. This HSWOW webinar will show teachers how to capitalize on their students’ love of technology to improve their educational outcomes. An abundance of FREE educational resources and web 2.0 tools will be introduced to help engage students. Participants will learn how to give students technology projects as an alternative to writing assignments, create video stories and animated comic strips.

Please note that the facilitator will be “sharing” her desktop with participants as she goes to various websites and demonstrates online activities. As such, this particular session of HSWOW does not lend itself to phone-only participation.

Date: Nov 30, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Faigy Ravitz

Students who struggle in school are often very receptive to understanding their individual learning styles: where they have strengths, what are their weaknesses, and which strategies help them become successful in school.

This HSWOW webinar will focus on different ways to teach students about their learning profiles and how to communicate this information. We will look at strategies that are effective with students who struggle with language, memory, attention, higher order thinking and how to help these students become self-advocates of their learning needs.

Date: Nov 02, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Karen Kruger

For differentiation to happen, teachers need to gather and utilize information about their students. Information should relate to students’ readiness, interests, and learning profiles. Pre-, formative and summative assessments provide teachers with the data to plan meaningful learning experiences for all students. This webinar will focus on the role of assessments in differentiated instruction and strategies to develop and implement quality assessments.

Date: May 17, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Jane Gertler

Do you want to add more games and other fun activities to your classroom repertoire? Research shows that kids learn better when they enjoy what they learn. When students play games with material that they are learning, they take ownership and generalize to other subjects. Join us for this creative webinar and learn techniques for creating hassle-free games and activities. Participants will come away with a variety of new game ideas that they can immediately implement in their classrooms. All games can be used with virtually any classroom topic.

Date: Mar 02, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Rivkah Dahan

This course will focus on the complex skill of reading. The stages of reading development will be explored as well as the various methods to teach reading to children at different levels. A focus of the session will be on the creation and implementation of purposeful reading groups to address the range and levels of readers in your class.

Date: Feb 09, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Amy Goldman

It’s December. Now that you’re familiar with your students, this is the perfect time to step back and ask “How can I modify my classroom to further enhance my student’s success?” Using a neurodevelopmental lens, we will consider the demands involved with classroom configuration and discuss how you can adjust your physical classroom to accommodate your diverse learners and encourage their success.

Date: Dec 15, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Karen Kruger

Good teaching utilizes a number of core instructional techniques to manage individual student difference in the classroom. By identifying and utilizing these core strategies, and understanding their neurodevelopment underpinnings, both targeted individual students and whole classes will benefit.

Date: Nov 17, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Judah Weller

When you hear an expert teacher question students it may sound deceptively easy. It is not. Learning how to ask powerful questions of students is a very valuable skill and like any other skill, takes time and deliberate practice to develop. In this session we will explore various kinds of questioning techniques and the multiple reasons for questioning students such as: to stimulate and provoke them to think creatively; to help them clarify their thinking; to encourage them to think critically; to teach students to be reflective and to develop self-control. In addition, educators will discuss ways to be good listeners that validate students’ ideas and builds a strong sense of community in a group.

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Instructor: Claire Wurtzel

Cooperative learning is an approach to learning that has attracted national attention. It is designed to support high levels of engagement within carefully designed small groups of learners. Many teachers need support in order to develop and implement effective cooperative learning strategies. This two-session webinar is designed to introduce educators to this approach to learning and will provide a range of strategies to support the group process in your classroom.

Date: May 10, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Harriet Lenk

Cooperative learning is an approach to learning that has attracted national attention. It is designed to support high levels of engagement within carefully designed small groups of learners. Many teachers need support in order to develop and implement effective cooperative learning strategies. This two-session webinar is designed to introduce educators to this approach to learning and will provide a range of strategies to support the group process in your classroom.

Date: May 03, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Harriet Lenk

Reading is about understanding and processing; therefore, without comprehension, real reading does not occur. Learn effective comprehension strategies to help your students access prior knowledge, set a purpose for reading, organize information and make meaningful connections to narrative and expository text. This workshop is for Judaic and general studies teachers of grades 3 through high school.

Date: Apr 14, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Jane Gertler

Helping children to understand how they learn is as important, if not more important, than the content they are learning. In this webinar, we will explore ways to incorporate “learning about learning” into lessons we are already teaching and also discuss developing lessons designed specifically to help children understand their own learning. How do we decide on what parts of learning to focus on? What are the essential components of these lessons? What kinds of questions can we pose to help children reflect on their own learning practices? We will explore these issues and more in an effort to incorporate metacognition into our daily lives with students.

Date: Mar 17, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Kelli Pollack

How often we wonder why some students can achieve milestones while others struggle to keep up, and if these differences are part of typical development or indicators of more significant challenges? Understanding child development can be an extremely powerful and helpful lens for teachers. In this session, we will present child developmental along a continuum, from typically developing children to those with developmental challenges in behavior or learning. Some behavioral and learning issues that are outside the pattern of typical development will be explored and we will discuss the developmental tasks usually mastered at particular ages and phases.

This course will be offered two times: the first session will focus on primary school students and the second will focus on secondary school students.

Date: Feb 23, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

How often we wonder why some students can achieve milestones while others struggle to keep up, and if these differences are part of typical development or indicators of more significant challenges? Understanding child development can be an extremely powerful and helpful lens for teachers. In this session, we will present child developmental along a continuum, from typically developing children to those with developmental challenges in behavior or learning. Some behavioral and learning issues that are outside the pattern of typical development will be explored and we will discuss the developmental tasks usually mastered at particular ages and phases.

This course will be offered two times: the first session will focus on primary school students and the second will focus on secondary school students.

Date: Feb 16, 2010 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

Transitions happen all the time. Most adults have learned to cope and strategize, either from past experiences or by seeking support from people and resources. Children, on the other hand, require the teacher’s leadership, support and explanation to cope with the variety of transitions they encounter throughout the school day. Efficient and developmentally appropriate transitions and expectations are key to a ‘steady’ classroom (especially for students with learning issues). This seminar will focus on the many kinds of transitions that students must pass through at school. We will explore the teacher’s role in teaching transitions and knowing how and when to transfer the responsibility to the students. We will offer and share tips for creating transitional practices and activities for the whole class as well as for individual students, in an effort to maintain efficient and focused instruction.

Date: Dec 09, 2009 @
Instructor: Andrea Rousso

By understanding the neurodevelopmental demands of Kriyah, participants will be able to pinpoint specific weaknesses and develop a comprehensive management plan for building skills. Considerations for second language learning (decoding only) will also be discussed.

Date: Dec 01, 2009 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Judah Weller

Helping children understand their unique strengths and struggles is an essential part of teaching and learning. Utilizing short case scenarios, we will discuss such topics as how to help a child understand complex ideas regarding their learning; How to personalize learning as part of everyday conversations with students; How to use a student’s strengths and hobbies to discuss and develop strategies for their weaker areas; How does my learning profile influence these discussions?

Date: Oct 28, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m
Instructor: Kelli Pollack

This course will discuss the various pathways of learning and how they interact with each other to form a learning profile of strengths and weaknesses. The pathways include attention, memory, language, organization, social cognition, neuro-motor functioning and higher-order thinking. Utilizing hands-on activities, teachers will learn more about their own learning profiles and those of their students. This Course is a pre-requisite to Exploring Learning Processes in a Judaic Studies Curriculum and is highly recommended for Analyzing a Lesson.

Date: Mar 30, 2009 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Instructor: Claire Wurtzel

Participants will briefly analyze their own neuro-developmental profiles. They will identify strengths weaknesses and strategies that they use in their teaching and consider the primary neuro-developmental demands of their teaching style for either the subject that they teach or an upcoming lesson. The material from the previous “Analyzing a Lesson” webinar will be incorporated. Finally, participants will identify strategies for students who struggle with the neuro-developmental demands of their teaching style. Pre-requisite for this class is participation in the March 18th Hidden Sparks Without Walls class, Analyzing a Lesson.

Date: Mar 25, 2009 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Karen Kruger

Participants will use the neuro-developmental constructs to examine which constructs are primarily demanded in one of their lessons. They will also prepare strategies for their students who struggle with the primary neuro-developmental demands of the lesson. The class will analyze a lesson together and come up with strategies for that lesson. The participants will then work on their own lessons and strategies. Results from some of the participants will be shared.

Date: Mar 18, 2009 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Karen Kruger

“Pay Attention!”; “You’re not trying”; “You re just lazy”; “You re so hyper!” Frequently, teachers and parents make these comments to students who have attention problems. In this two-session, Participants will begin by looking at their own attention strengths and struggles as a way to explore the three major attention controls—mental energy, processing and production controls. Understanding the impact on a student’s academic life of a weakness in any one of the control systems, and strategies to support the student, will be the focus of the session.

Date: Dec 09, 2008 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Naomi Weiss

Language influences every aspect of the curriculum, affecting the way children learn and teachers teach. This two-session course will focus on the role language plays in learning, including decoding and comprehension, vocabulary and concept knowledge, thinking and reasoning, narrative development, writing and social skills. Participants will learn techniques and strategies for enhancing language learning in the classroom.

Date: Dec 03, 2008 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Claire Wurtzel

Memory plays a key role in students’ success in school. In this two-session we examine memory from two points of view: the typical memory demands made on students in school and what it is like for a student who struggles with some aspect of memory. Participants will learn about some of the mind’s systems for taking in and storing information, and making it available as needed.

Date: Nov 25, 2008 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Claire Wurtzel

Memory plays a key role in students’ success in school. In this two-session we examine memory from two points of view: the typical memory demands made on students in school and what it is like for a student who struggles with some aspect of memory. Participants will learn about some of the mind’s systems for taking in and storing information, and making it available as needed.

Date: Nov 18, 2008 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Claire Wurtzel

This two-session course will discuss predicting and noticing signs of escalating behavioral difficulties in students. It will provide participants with strategies to engage students in these most challenging moments, and strategies to help de-escalate and calm difficult situations. This course will introduce participants to the Positive Behavior Support approach on individual, class, and school-wide levels. The core practices of PBS, such as defining expectations, teaching children how to meet expectations, and acknowledging student success will be addressed. Participants will learn about identifying inappropriate behaviors and how to cultivate appropriate behavior. Strategies for students of all ages, and in all settings, will be presented.

Date: Nov 13, 2008 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

Parent/Teacher communications can take many forms. Whether they are informal chats or written report cards, these parent/teacher communications can be complex. In this session, Participants will discuss effective communications with parents using a rubric to guide the conversation and non-judgmental language to describe observed behaviors. Embedded in the session are ways to form alliances with parents and project a sense of optimism. In addition, teachers will plan and practice a form of Parent/Teacher communication.

Date: Oct 29, 2008 @ 8:00 - 9:00 PM
Instructor: Molly Warner