Take Hidden Sparks' popular Learning Lenses Course!

    Join us for four eye-opening days, July 9th-12th and learn to observe, reflect and plan for all the students in your classroom.

    Funding for this course comes from the NYC DOE and as a result participation is LIMITED to school faculty that work in secular studies classrooms in Jewish day schools and yeshivot. Hebrew language also qualify. SETTS and Paraprofessionals are welcome.

    Earn 34 CTLEs!

    • “  I have learned about taking time to really look more closely at student work in an effort to ‘get closer to the student’.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  I had a wonderful time. The idea of Lenses was very clarifying for me in terms of giving me a structure through which to analyze children and their abilities/disabilities in a school setting.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  In the future, I will allow student to understand their own strengths and weaknesses and work together with them to develop a set of goals and strategies.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  I learned to reflect on my own teaching and activities and how they affect my classroom dynamics.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  Going forward, I will try to look at students’ behavior through the different lenses, as opposed to labeling them.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  I liked the case studies and sharing opinions and strategies with colleagues, as well as the variety of activities presented.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  This program has been eye opening! It is extremely well planned and an excellent model for facilitating a great learning process. I cannot wait to train the rest of my staff.  ”

      Course Participant

    Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    What Will I Learn?

    • The Hidden Sparks Learning Lenses curriculum will help you learn how to observe, reflect and plan for all students in your classrooms.
    • Using multiple lenses and real-life case studies, you will learn to understand student strengths and challenges, and identify strategies for all learners, including those who struggle academically and present challenging social-emotional issues. 
      • Neurodevelopmental Lens: A neuro-developmental understanding of learning  including topics such as attention, memory, social skills, language, higher order thinking and sequencing.
      • Ecological Lens: the ways in which the child’s home life, classroom culture and community impact their experience.
      • Temperamental Lens: identifying, understanding and celebrating components of a child’s innate personality.
    • You will expand your instructional and conceptual toolboxes to improve student achievement.

    Course structure

    • The four-day course  will run from 9am-4:30pm on July 9th-12th in Midtown Manhattan. 
    • A certificate of course completion for 34 hours of coursework will be provided upon completion of the course. (Hidden Sparks is authorized by the New York State Department of Education to provide Continuing Teacher and Leader Education.)
    • Strictly kosher dairy lunch included in registration fee.

    Instructors

    Hollis Dannaham

    Hollis Dannaham, M.Ed., is a Senior Hidden Sparks Coach. She has been empowering complex learners for 30 years as a learning specialist, special educator, administrator, and consultant in public, private, and charter schools. Hollis created Transform Boundaries, an organization dedicated to helping schools create programs for reaching their complex learners, served as the Director of Academic Intervention at Explore Charter School, co-created the Carmel Alternative High School for at-risk teens, and worked as a learning specialist at the Student Success Center of All Kinds of Minds. She was recently published in Jewish Educational Leadership Journal and  Education Update.

    Elizabeth Fox

    Elizabeth Fox, Ed.M., Director of Education, joins Hidden Sparks after having served as a professional development advisor for the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) at Columbia University Teachers College. She is currently a doctoral student in English Education there. In those dual roles at Columbia, she was able to apply cutting-edge research to the problems of school culture, curriculum, instruction and assessment faced by a wide range of public schools, thereby applying research into practice. Ms. Fox has held numerous positions in which she designed and facilitated workshops on various components of comprehensive school reform, to present at national conferences, to create structures and systems within schools that would improve their culture and efficacy, to develop and implement experiential learning programs for high school students throughout the city, and to start an organizational development program for school leaders.

    Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    For further information about the course, please contact:

    Sara Diament

    Director of School Services
    212-767-7707
    sara@hiddensparks.org

    • “  I have learned about taking time to really look more closely at student work in an effort to ‘get closer to the student’.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  I had a wonderful time. The idea of Lenses was very clarifying for me in terms of giving me a structure through which to analyze children and their abilities/disabilities in a school setting.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  In the future, I will allow student to understand their own strengths and weaknesses and work together with them to develop a set of goals and strategies.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  I learned to reflect on my own teaching and activities and how they affect my classroom dynamics.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  Going forward, I will try to look at students’ behavior through the different lenses, as opposed to labeling them.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  I liked the case studies and sharing opinions and strategies with colleagues, as well as the variety of activities presented.  ”

      Course Participant
    • “  This program has been eye opening! It is extremely well planned and an excellent model for facilitating a great learning process. I cannot wait to train the rest of my staff.  ”

      Course Participant