In Person: Hidden Sparks Differentiated Instruction Skills- August 2023

August 2, 2023

The Jewish Education Project in partnership with Hidden Sparks:

Hidden Sparks Differentiated Instruction Skills Series is designed to take General Studies and Judaic Studies educators in grades K-8 on a deep dive into DI. Together, you and other teachers will explore a user-friendly framework for thinking about DI so that you can think flexibly about your lessons and the ways in which they can be developed to reach all your students, and boost engagement and student success.  You will gain a toolbox of differentiation strategies that you can apply in your classroom, tailored to the age and subject matter you teach. Participants are eligible for 10 NYS CTLES.

Other Details:

  • No one will be turned down due to cost. If you have any issues making the full payment or have general questions, please email
  • For educators working in NYC Day Schools/ Yeshivot only.


COVID Policy:

In accordance with the recommendations from the CDC,, the NYC Department of Education, and the protocols of our site host, there are no vaccination requirements to attend this event. We ask that participants take precautions in the event; if you are feeling sick on the day of this event, please do not attend. If you feel most comfortable wearing a mask to this event, we encourage you to do so. Please note this policy is subject to change based upon guidance from the Department of Education, New York City, New York State, and Federal guidelines.

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Tamar Appel headshot

Tamar Appel, Director of Education for Hidden Sparks, is a past Associate Principal of Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls in Teaneck, NJ, having served there as a teacher and administrator for a combined 18 years. As an educational leader, she has created a culture of ongoing professional development, supportive and productive mentorship of faculty, and academic excellence. She has also served as a mentor for school leaders through Prizmah’s YOU Lead Program and for new teachers through the Jewish New Teacher Project, and has pursued her own professional growth through programs including the Summer Institute for Principals at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Tamar is passionate and confident about the potential for growth in every student, teacher and school, and she is excited to facilitate this as part of the Hidden Sparks team.

Deanna Stecker Headshot

Deanna Stecker, Hidden Sparks’ differentiated instruction consultant, is a learning specialist with over 25 years of experience working in Jewish day schools, including Schechter Manhattan where she has been the Coordinator of Learning Support for the past 15 years. Her expertise includes guiding and mentoring educators, parents and students in the implementation of differentiated instruction across all subject areas, identifying and modeling high-impact evidence-based practices, and problem-solving around learning and behavioral challenges that impact student progress and school culture. Previously, she worked at the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) where she led professional development workshops and developed materials for educators and parents for Get Ready to Read!, NCLD’s early literacy program. Deanna holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Educational Psychology: Reading Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University.