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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.

As the nursery rhyme goes…”all the King’s horses and all the King’s men, couldn’t put Humpty together again.” While that may be true, professionals and parents can by tipping the scale from vulnerability to strengths. This session will explore resiliency as an active ingredient to a life at peace with its past, content with its present and optimistic about the future. It offers field-tested strategies so every child can navigate stormy waters without capsizing and how to create safe harbors for those whose storms continue to crash their shores and toss them about in the surf.

Date: Oct 21, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Jeanine Fitzgerald

As we all deal with uncertainty and ongoing reminders of how covid-19 has impacted our lives, how can we determine whether children’s worries are excessive? How can we support children’s healthy development and safety in our new reality? Adult and child strategies for managing the unknown will be discussed.

Date: Oct 27, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

This session will  explore the power of questions in the classroom by examining:

  • Questioning as an effective instructional technique;
  • Questioning strategies that ensure active engagement and whole-class involvement;
  • The Do’s and Don’ts in questioning – how to and how not to ask questions;
  • Higher order cognition – the value of higher order questions and examples of questions that range in level of cognition;
  • Research-based strategies for effectively responding to student questions; and
  • Suggestions for creating an environment that supports student questions
Date: Nov 04, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Laya Salomon

In today’s world, we have an incredible opportunity to provide students with resources and experiences that will help students develop strong creative and critical thinking skills to solve interesting problems in the world. In this session, Michael will share what that innovative practice looks like and how it can better prepare our students for the future .

Date: Dec 01, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Rabbi Michael Cohen

Collaborative Problem Solving® (CPS) is a big shift when it comes to understanding your child’s challenging behavior and what to do about it. It is proven to reduce challenging behavior, improve family relationships, and help your child build the skills they lack. This webinar will introduce you to a method for partnering with your child to identify the triggers for their challenging behavior, and work together to produce a game plan for how to handle problems before they happen.

Date: Jan 12, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Tamar Shames

Vocabulary is the basis for language acquisition. In this webinar, participants will learn a variety of ways to enhance Hebrew vocabulary instruction. They will be exposed to methods that help learners remember words and authentic formats for implementing usage of the new vocabulary words.

Date: Feb 09, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Meirav Kravetz

This workshop will focus on specific strategies to support students who need a variety of strategies to build vocabulary. We will explore various types of graphic organizers, instructional models, targeted strategies and materials to support and enhance vocabulary instruction.

Date: Mar 09, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Hollis Dannaham

Date: Apr 20, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Lily Howard Scott

How often we wonder why some students can achieve milestones while others struggle to keep up, and if these differences are part of typical development or indicators of more significant challenges? Understanding child development can be an extremely powerful and helpful lens for teachers. In this session, we will present child developmental along a continuum, from typically developing children to those with developmental challenges in behavior or learning. Some behavioral and learning issues that are outside the pattern of typical development will be explored and we will discuss the developmental tasks usually mastered at particular ages and phases.

Date: May 25, 2021 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (ET)
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick