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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.

Modern learning needs modern learning spaces. As we look to craft curriculum and instruction to prepare our students for further education and careers, it is essential that they have an opportunity to learn in spaces that support this mission. Designing excellent learning spaces isn’t about decorating, but it is about having intentionality. Prepare to leave with a variety of ideas and first steps that can be used to transform your space with very little budget.

Date: Nov 19, 2018 @ 8:30 pm -9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Robert Dillon

This presentation will introduce you to the core social skills, communication tools, and conflict resolution techniques necessary to help students solve problems independently of teacher intervention. You will learn how to create socially safe classrooms with unified rules and expectations, integrate problem solving skills into daily lessons, discuss the importance of ‘seeking first to understand’, explore different problem solving models, and include parents in the appropriate scaffolding and support of students’ social development.

Date: Dec 19, 2018 @ 8:30 pm -9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Zipora Schuck

Reading comprehension involves a complex process of your student’s interaction with the texts that they read. This webinar will help you explore the differences between narrative (involving story grammar and causal events) and expository (focused on text organization and structure) text and the varied ways that you can teach the two. You will focus on effective strategies for teaching comprehension skills that are appropriate and beneficial for each type of text in grades 1-6.

Date: Jan 08, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Naomi Schimmel

Are you looking to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of your students Do you have concerns about it being too time consuming and complicated, or about it not being “fair”? In this webinar these concerns and obstacles to differentiation will be removed. You will walk away with a plethora of simple, low or no time ideas, strategies, modifications, and accommodation to empower you to support the success of all of your students.

Date: Feb 26, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Hollis Dannaham

Many of us have heard about the Montessori approach but don’t know much about it, or don’t think that it’s applicable to a typical yeshiva classroom. This session will provide teachers with an understanding of the methodology and approaches presented by Montessori Education while adapting those methods and approaches into the framework of the traditional day school. The result is engaging, differentiated, and independent activities to build motivated, informed and independent learners in grades EC-2nd.

Date: Mar 06, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Yona Glass

We all know that uncomfortable feeling – we have to have one of those uncomfortable conversations with our children or our students. Whether it is discussing substance use, challenging behaviors, dealing with peer pressure, family issues, loss and trauma, or substance abuse, it can be difficult to find the words, tone, and context. This webinar will consider how to set the stage for having meaningful and successful conversations even around difficult topics. You will learn about timing, language, the critical role of empathetic listening, and validation. Developmental issues as they impact how much we say to children of various ages will also be included.

Date: Apr 09, 2019 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Dr. Rona Novick

Too many of us dread giving feedback whether it be to our students or faculty. That changes with “feedforward,” a partnership approach to managing people and performance. Based on proven communication and coaching techniques, feedforward shifts the message and methods of traditional feedback through powerful, two-way conversation. Educators at all levels will become more skilled at developing a dialogue focused around their students’ and employees’ goals, growth, and long-term contribution. You will gain actionable insights into the neuroscience of effective feedback, and develop practical tools to recognize and develop the full potential of those with whom you work.

Date: May 14, 2019 @ 8:30 - 9:30 pm (Eastern)
Instructor: Joe Hirsch