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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.

NEW! CTLE Hours Available

The Hidden Sparks certificate of participation continues to be available at no charge to all participant. Additionally, live participation in a HSWOW webinar for educators is now eligible for one New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hour for a $15 administrative fee.   (Please note that webinars designated as  “For Parents” are not eligible for CTLE.)

Those who wish to receive CTLE hours should register and participate in the webinar as usual. Following the webinar, a survey link will be sent with the option to request CTLE and instructions for how to pay the $15 fee.

To receive the one-hour CTLE certificate, the following requirements must be met: 1) live participation in the webinar; 2) Completion of the post-webinar survey within 72 hours of the live webinar; and 3) Payment of the $15 fee, which is due upon submission of the survey. The certificate will be emailed to you within one week of your request. Please be in touch with Margaret Sarro at margaret@hiddensparks.org if you have any questions.

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In this session we will look into the objectives of Hebrew reading comprehension and the different genres of texts we should expose our students to. We use the UBD method (Understanding By Design) in order to examine different strategies that promote comprehension and encourage more student independence. We will offer a variety of tools that will assist teachers when they use texts as the basis for oral expression

Date: Oct 26, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Meirav Kravetz

Every year teachers have the incredible privilege and challenge of teaching students with a range of learning profiles. This session will focus on strategies to teach students with language based learning disabilities. Participants will gain an understanding of what they are and how they impact student learning. A focus of the session will include practical strategies to implement in your classrooms to meet the needs of diverse learners.

Date: Dec 08, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Naomi Schimmel

This session will explore best practices for mentoring and supervising colleagues and teachers, supported by the research-based understanding of how people learn and grow. It will include suggestions for setting goals, providing effective feedback and motivating change. Sample evaluation protocol and feedback tools will be shared.

Date: Dec 22, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Laya Salomon

Inspire even the most reluctant students to embrace their inner mathematicians. This workshop introduces practical strategies and resources that will empower students to normalize discomfort while solving tricky problems, to embrace challenges, and to operate with a growth mindset.

Date: Feb 16, 2022 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Lily Howard Scott

What is project-based learning? How is it planned and implemented? What place does it have in Jewish Day schools, especially in the Limudei Kodesh classroom? This webinar will present the pros and cons of using PBL, and share real-life examples from Jewish Day Schools who are adapting PBL to use in their classrooms.

Date: Mar 01, 2022 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Etti Siegel

In recent years, bestselling authors have published book after book in the pursuit of supporting parents. As a Jewish community, we have the opportunity to tap into the ancient wisdom that Judaism offers into the process of growing up in very real and contemporary ways. Timeless truths about development, from early childhood through adolescence and beyond, can inform the way we relate to the children in our lives. We will examine questions like, “If we encourage the youngest among us to ask questions, like at the Seder, how do we understand their ability to absorb concrete and philosophical information?” and “How do the assumptions about responsibility match up with the developmental realities of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah child?”

Date: May 08, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am (Eastern)
Instructor: Dr. Aviva Goldstein