Hidden Sparks Without Walls is a webinar series designed for educators and administrators serving Jewish day schools. The Parent Connection is a webinar series that offers parents a way to deepen their understanding of learning and behavior.

Neuroscientists and educators have carefully studied how the introduction, proliferation, and extensive usage of technology are impacting how children think and learn. This HSWOW session will share the latest findings to help parents and educators understand the way today’s children think and learn. Suggestions for creating healthy habits of technology use and for adapting our adult teaching and parenting strategies to best fit the changing minds of our technologically savvy children.

Neuroscientists and educators have carefully studied how the introduction, proliferation, and extensive usage of technology are impacting how children think and learn. This HSWOW session will share the latest findings to help parents and educators understand the way today’s children think and learn. Suggestions for creating healthy habits of technology use and for adapting our adult teaching and parenting strategies to best fit the changing minds of our technologically savvy children.

Date: Oct 25, 2017 @ 8:30-9:30 (Eastern)
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

If you have discovered that your child has difficulties with learning or paying attention, or you are beginning to suspect that he or she does, you might be wondering what you can do to make sure that your child is getting the best support possible at school. Even though we may know each of our child’s strengths and challenges, as parents we sometimes feel powerless when it comes to push for the resources our child needs to succeed. There is actually a lot we can do to take action, and this webinar will provide with the basics for being strong advocates on behalf of your child.

Date: Nov 01, 2017 @ 8:30 pm -9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Susan Schwartz

See and Sense the Passage of Time is a fundamental skill that students need to develop. Learn how to help students plan for and carry out routines and tasks within allotted time frames, and adopt a mindful approach to homework and using schedules. We will focus on strategies for helping students visually break large projects into smaller steps, estimate time to complete and schedule these steps, and to prioritize steps of the project.

Date: Nov 28, 2017 @ 8:30 pm -9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Sara Ward

Teachers have to teach Chumash skills to diverse learners, so one-size-fits-all strategies do not always work. In this practical and creative workshop, learn about ways of teaching all of your students the skills they need to master the Chumash lesson, ways to check for understanding, and tips that turn the daily lesson into a course that leaves children of all levels engaged and enthusiastic. Mrs. Siegel will share the energizing techniques she has used in her own classroom and has brought to countless classrooms across the tri-state and beyond.

Date: Feb 06, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Etti Siegel

Like most educators, you probably have children in your class who struggle with anxiety. When children and teens are anxious in school they may have a hard time absorbing new information or retrieving previously learned information. This webinar will offer you a basic understanding of anxiety along the developmental trajectory with a focus on how it manifests in a school setting. Tips, strategies and techniques will be offered to facilitate students learning to ‘live in the gray,’ relax and gain from classroom instruction.

Date: Feb 21, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

We all know that being able to concentrate and focus for sustained periods is a skill that students need to develop in order to be successfful in school. Fortunately, teachers and parents can teach and implement strategies that will help encourage and build this ability in children. In this webinar, you will gain a deeper understanding and a wealth of strategies for supporting your students in this skill.

Date: Mar 06, 2018 @ 8:30-9:30 (Eastern)
Instructor: Mindy Rosenthal

Have you ever had a student who demonstrated strong verbal and thinking skills but when put to the task of independently reading and/or writing they can’t seem to succeed at the task? This could be the result of weak executive functions, a set of processes that involve mental control and self-regulation. In this webinar participants will not only gain a deeper understanding of the executive functions and how they impact reading and writing, but they will also walk away with interventions and strategies to help.

Date: Apr 24, 2018 @ 8:30-9:30 (Eastern)
Instructor: Hollis Dannaham

Positive self-esteem can make a big difference for children with learning disabilities and attention challenges. When children value themselves, they’re more likely to self-advocate and ask for the help they believe they deserve. When they’re confident and secure about who they are, they’re better able to face and manage their learning challenges. Learn practical strategies that can be used with your children and students to help them develop and maintain positive self-esteem.

Date: May 01, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Amanda Morin