With the support of UJA-Federation of New York, Hidden Sparks has already taken 350 educators from 36 schools on a deep dive into Differentiated Instruction.
Join a multi-school training or bring it on-site at your school and think more flexibly about your lessons and the multiple ways in which they can be developed to reach all your students, boost engagement and student success. You will gain a tool box of differentiation strategies that you can apply in your classroom, tailored to the age and subject matter you teach.
Training in NYC
Open to all Schools: Educators from all over the country are encouraged to join our two-day summer training this summer in NYC.
Date: February 27th & 28th 2023
Location: Midtown Manhattan.
Audience: Judaic and General Studies teachers of grades K-8, and administrators of those divisions.
Fee: $TBD (includes kosher dairy lunch). Limited scholarships available.
Questions about this training or bringing it to your school? Sara@HiddenSparks.org/201-218-5703
Space is limited!
School-Based Training Packages: Consider bringing the training directly to your school faculty. There are half day, full day and two-day workshop options. Follow up virtual and onsite coaching packages available. Please contact Sara Diament, Dir. School Services Sara@HiddenSparks.org/201-218-5703 for a cost estimate.
Testimonials from Past Participants
“I found the presentation to be fantastic, it was empowering, informative and interesting, and most importantly, so practical. I learned so many new ideas that I can implement in my classroom/curriculum.”
“Over the past two days, the different ways to approach all academic subjects was amazing. The centers and different options toward learning are amazing strategies to help make learning more enjoyable to all.”
“I am going to cultivate a classroom culture favorable to differentiation from day one [of the school year]!”
“For our teachers, working with Deanna has been a professional development opportunity like no other. Through her guidance, our educators have gained a deep understanding of how to effectively differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all learners. Deanna’s coaching sessions have provided our teachers with practical strategies, resources, and tools that they can implement in their classrooms immediately. As a result, our teachers have become more confident and skilled in delivering tailored instruction that engages and motivates every student, leading to improved academic outcomes.
The impact of Deanna’s coaching extends beyond the teachers themselves; it directly benefits our students as well. By employing differentiated instruction techniques, our teachers can better identify and address individual students’ strengths, weaknesses, and learning preferences. As a result, students feel more supported, valued, and challenged in their educational journey. This personalized approach fosters a positive and inclusive learning environment, where every student can thrive and reach their full potential. We have witnessed increased student engagement, improved academic performance, and a notable boost in self-confidence among our students since implementing Deanna’s strategies.”
Meet our Facilitators
Deanna Stecker, Hidden Sparks’ differentiated instruction consultant, is a learning specialist with over 25 years of experience working in Jewish day schools, including Schechter Manhattan where she has been the Coordinator of Learning Support for the past 15 years. Her expertise includes guiding and mentoring educators, parents and students in the implementation of differentiated instruction across all subject areas, identifying and modeling high-impact evidence-based practices, and problem-solving around learning and behavioral challenges that impact student progress and school culture. Previously, she worked at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) where she led professional development workshops and developed materials for educators and parents for Get Ready to Read!, NCLD’s early literacy program. Deanna holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Educational Psychology: Reading Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Tamar Appel, Director of Education for Hidden Sparks, is a past Associate Principal of Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ, having served there as a teacher and administrator for a combined 18 years. As an educational leader, she has created a culture of ongoing professional development, supportive and productive mentorship of faculty, and academic excellence. She has also served as a mentor for school leaders through Prizmah’s YOU Lead Program and for new teachers through the Jewish New Teacher Project, and has pursued her own professional growth through programs including the Summer Institute for Principals at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Tamar is passionate and confident about the potential for growth in every student, teacher and school, and she is excited to facilitate this as part of the Hidden Sparks team.