In Person: Hidden Sparks: Learning Lenses- July 2023

July 11, 2023

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
  • If you have any general questions about the course, please email Sara Diament.
  • 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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About the presenters:


Andrea Russo HeadshotAndrea 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. 

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.