Networks

Day School Executive Functioning Network

Facilitators: Dr. Elana Spira, Hillary Gardenswartz, Judith Talesnick
Format: Virtual

About this Network:

Collaborate with other Day School change-makers to create and implement an Executive Functioning (EF) plan in your school to support students, teachers and parents. 

Participants will engage in a community of practice that includes:

  • Five collaborative sessions that will focus on the necessary theory, practice and problem solving around plan development & implementation.
  • Two individual meetings with Dr. Spira to address school-specific questions and receive support from Dr. Spira on content and planning for your school planning.
  • Two teacher PD workshops for your school - during school hours.

Additional Information:

This network is geared to Day Schools/Yeshivot. In particular, school leaders/teacher leaders who are empowered to guide change in the area of Executive Functioning in the school. Participants include school psychologists/social workers; teachers with a leadership portfolio and background in EF; or principals.

About the Facilitators:

Dr. Elana Spira
Dr. Elana Spira

Dr. Spira is a licensed clinical psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Child Study Center of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at New York University (NYU) Langone Health. She is coauthor of Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD: An Empirically Supported Treatment (for mental health professionals) and The Organized Child: An Effective Program to Maximize Your Kid's Potential—in School and in Life (for parents), and participated in developing and testing the Organizational Skills Training program. In addition, she is Director of Research and Evaluation at Westchester Jewish Community Services, a leading social service agency in Westchester County, NY.

Hillary Gardenswartz
Hillary Gardenswartz

Hillary Gardenswartz is a Senior Project Manager at The Jewish Education Project. Hillary is privileged to support and collaborate with Jewish educators who work in all types of settings, including day schools, camps, congregations, and youth groups. Hillary holds Masters Degrees in both Jewish Education and in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. 

Judith Talesnick
Judith Talesnick

Judith Talesnick, Managing Director, Professional Learning and Growth, has been collaborating with Jewish educators since helping her mother teach Israeli dancing in her early teens. As an adult, her focus shifted to leadership, educational visioning and learner-centered instruction in day schools and yeshivot. She partners with educators to listen carefully; notice patterns, and create engaging learning experiences that spark learners’ curiosity.

When
Mondays, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM ET
November 11 (Thursday, time TBD), December 20, February 7, March 14, May 30
Facilitators
Dr. Elana Spira
Hillary Gardenswartz
Judith Talesnick
Format
Virtual
New members
Open
Target audience
Director / Principal / Head of School
Educator / Teacher / Youth Professional
Geographic regions
Bronx
Brooklyn
Long Island
Manhattan
Queens
Staten Island
Westchester
Area of work
DS&Y