The Jewish Education Project in partnership with Hidden Sparks:
The Learning Lenses course transforms educators’ confidence and skills in teaching a range of students, especially those with academic, social or behavioral challenges. Gain a deeper understanding of neurodevelopment topics such as attention, memory, social skills, language, higher order thinking and how to support students who struggle in these areas. Explore strategies for understanding and supporting neurodiverse learners and whole classroom strategies to deepen impact on your teaching and all of your students. Judaic and secular studies teachers, administrators, guidance and special services faculty are all welcome. Participants are eligible for 24 NYS CTLEs.
If you have any issues making the full payment, please email Tova Rich.
If you have any general questions about the course, please email Sara Diament.
For educators working in NYC Day Schools/ Yeshivot only.
The Covid policy for the Hidden Sparks workshop held at the Chelsea Shul (236 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011) is: Participants must be fully vaccinated (2 doses Moderna or Pfizer, or 1 dose J&J.) Please note: the above Hidden Sparks Covid policy is different from the Covid policies for in-person sessions held at The Jewish Education Project offices (520 8th Ave).
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About the presenters:
Claire Wurtzel, Co-Educational Director, taught in Bank Street College School of Education for 18 years and served as Chair of the Department of Special Education. Subsequently, she served as the Director of Faculty Development for the Churchill School and Center in New York and later, and as the Director of Faculty Development for the New York City Schools Attuned initiative for All Kinds of Minds. In this capacity, Ms. Wurtzel oversaw Schools Attuned courses, mentor training and facilitator training for over 400 New York City schools. As one of two educational directors for Hidden Sparks, Ms. Wurtzel helped develop the training and curricula and provides ongoing facilitation, supervision and mentoring to Hidden Sparks coaches and school leaders.
Andrea Rousso taught for 33 years before joining the Hidden Sparks team as a coach and facilitator. She initially taught emotionally fragile children with special needs, and subsequently served as a teacher-trainer for special education. Andrea received a Bank Street Early Childhood Education award for her innovative curriculum and teaching style, and was a certified facilitator for the Schools Attuned Program of All Kinds of Minds. Andrea also works as a part-time consultant in three NYC public schools, where she meets with teachers to assist them with curriculum adaptations and understanding classroom behaviors.