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.
Jeanine Fitzgerald draws on more than 40 years of professional experience to empower teachers and parents. As a certified Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, and owner of The Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning, Jeanine specializes in research-based strategies that maximize the fulfillment of a child’s potential and their implementation in “real life” settings. She understands the daily struggles of educators and parents and honors the “hero within” each individual she has the privilege to work alongside. As a speaker, consultant and master trainer, Jeanine has worked with thousands of children, professionals and parents across the country. As an author, Jeanine has published The Dance of Interaction and two national training programs entitled Education with Insight and Parenting with Insight. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her second book, Educating the Heart.
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
Dr. Laya Salomon is Associate Professor at the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University and Director of Azrieli’s PELE Fellowship Program in Jewish Education. Dr. Salomon teaches master’s and doctoral level courses in leadership, supervision, curriculum, assessment, teaching methodologies and differentiated instruction, and she supervises student teachers. Prior to joining Azrieli in 2004, Dr. Salomon was a professor of psychology and education at Touro College and a Judaic studies teacher.
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 .
Rabbi Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. He is the author of the book Educated By Design, which outlines his principles for revealing and nurturing our innate creative courage and capacity. He is a national keynote speaker, advisor, and trainer. When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA) where he manages and teaches at the Schlesinger STEAM and Entrepreneurship Center. He’s also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Trainer, Adobe Certified Trainer, has been ranked as one of today’s top 50 EdTech influencers, and was recognized as Tech & Learning magazine “Most Inspiring in EdTech in 2019.”
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.
Meirav Kravetz is well-rounded professional with vast experience in education, mentoring and leadership. Meirav coaches and trains teachers in the US and Latin America. She leads workshops and seminars and directs collaborative and expert webinars. She recruits, supports and retrains new teachers, observes classes and problem solves in order to maximize the effectiveness of the teachers in the classroom. Meirav demonstrates ability to advance learning objectives with strengths in instructional planning, lesson presentation, student performance evaluation, and experiential learning.
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.
Hollis Dannaham, M.Ed., joins Hidden Sparks as an External Coach. She has been a learning specialist/special educator in public, private and charter schools, and has been working with struggling learners for 30 years. Hollis created Transform Boundaries, an organization dedicated to helping schools teach to struggling learners. She served as the Director of Academic Intervention at Explore Charter School and co-created the Carmel Alternative High School for at-risk teens. Hollis also worked as a learning specialist at the Student Success Center of All Kinds of Minds.
Lily Howard Scott
Lily Howard Scott, MS, is a teacher and curriculum developer and graduate of Northwestern University and Bank Street College of Education. She is particularly interested in designing curriculum that weaves together social, emotional, and academic learning and her writing about the importance of a child-centered, holistic approach to teaching and learning has been published in The Washington Post.
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.
Dr. Rona Novick
Rona Novick, PhD, Co-Educational Director of Hidden Sparks, is the Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University and holds the Raine and Stanley Silverstein Chair in Professional Ethics and Values. She holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Child Psychology at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center.