Training starts this summer!

As a result of high demand, starting this summer, with the support of UJA-Federation of New York, Hidden Sparks will take  you and your colleagues on a deep dive into Differentiated Instruction, facilitated by the Hidden Sparks team of  Lily Howard Scott and Deanna Stecker.


Together, you will think 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.

This unique opportunity includes training and semester-long coaching to help bring DI to your classroom!

Audience: Judaic and General Studies teachers of grades K-8, and administrators of those divisions in NY State yeshivas and day schools. 

Training Format: This training begins with 2 in-person days this summer (see date options below) and will continue with virtual monthly coaching sessions during the fall-winter semester.

Fee: $100/participant (scholarship available- please contact Dairy lunch included. Participants will earn 10 NYS CTLE CEUs at the 2-day course and additional for the coaching sessions.

Eligibility: This training receives support from UJA-Federation of NY and working in a NY yeshiva or day school is a requirement for participation. In addition, all participants must be fully vaccinated (2 doses Moderna or Pfizer, 1 dose J&J.)

Space is limited. While we welcome all participants, preference will be given to schools sending 3+ participants.

We are offering two dates and locations:
  • July 18th & 19th, 9:30-3:30  @ Yeshiva Har Torah, Queens, NY


  • August 1st & 2nd, 9:30-3:30 @ Chelsea Shuls, Midtown Manhattan 

All participants will receive follow up virtual group coaching during the semester.

Meet our Facilitators

Lily Howard Scott is a curriculum developer and Hidden Sparks’ social and emotional learning (SEL) coach. She received her MS Ed. in Teaching Literacy and Childhood General Education from Bank Street College of Education, where she now teaches in the Continuing Professional Studies department. For nearly ten years, Lily taught elementary school in both public and independent settings. Lily has led professional development for educators around the country on topics including cultivating emotional literacy through reading and writing instruction, normalizing vulnerability in the classroom, and helping children explore and empathize with varied perspectives through interactive read-alouds. Her writing about the importance of a child-centered approach to teaching and learning has been published in The Washington Post and Edutopia. 

Deannna Stecker, Hidden Sparks’ differentiated instruction consultant, has been the Coordinator of Learning Support at Schechter Manhattan for the past 14 years. Prior to that, she spent 6 years at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) where she led professional development workshops and presentations at national conferences, and created website content, professional development guides, and materials for teachers and parents for Get Ready to Read!, NCLD’s early literacy program. Prior to that she taught and worked as a reading specialist at Solomon Schechter of Nassau County. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Educational Psychology: Reading Specialist from Columbia University. Deanna has extensive differentiation experience in the classroom and in guiding new and veteran teachers in differentiating instruction.


“[Lily Scott] was a powerhouse presenter (someone who is in the classroom, on the front lines, and knows of what she speaks) who shares tip after practical tip in a meaningful and sensitive fashion. She was a real treasure. Honestly, it was one of the most worthwhile and well organized programs I’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of!” -Teacher, Moriah School of Englewood, NJ

“Lily Howard Scott is amazing!  Her ideas were relevant and spot .. I love the programs that Hidden Sparks puts together.  The foundation of knowledge that each presenter carries astounds me and the manner in which material is presented is so well thought out and organized.  These presenters inspire me to want to learn more about best practices for educating students” -Teacher, YBH of Passaic, NJ

For more information, please contact Sara Diament, Director of School Services at or 201-218-5703.