Free ‘Hidden Sparks’ webinars for teachers, parents


Are you concerned about the affects of screen time on your children or students? Would you like to build your skills when it comes to advocating for your child? Are you a teacher looking for supportive strategies for your students regarding maintaining focus, staying calm, and managing tasks?

Starting on Oct. 24, Dr. Rona Novick, dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University, and co-educational director of Hidden Sparks, will kick off the free Hidden Sparks Without Walls (HSWOW) webinar series for educators and parents with a presentation titled “Technology and Resulting Changes in How Our Children Think and Learn: Implications for Parents and Educators.”

In the webinar, Novick will share the latest findings to help parents and educators understand how today’s children think and learn, and will suggest opportunities for creating healthy habits of technology use and for adapting adult teaching and parenting strategies to best fit the changing minds of technologically savvy children.

As the year progresses, webinar topics will include, “ABCs of Advocacy: How to Be Your Child’s Best Advocate” and “It’s All in the Timing: Teaching Time and Task Management,” to name a few.

Hidden Sparks, a non-profit that offers professional development opportunities for yeshiva and day school based educators, provides educational opportunities to parents as well as teachers through the HSWOW webinar series. To date, over 80 webinars have been hosted, enjoyed by over 1,800 people, and have been archived and are available for viewing on the Hidden Sparks Website.

For Hidden Sparks Executive Director Debbie Niderberg, the drive to provide programming for parents across the country has been a major impetus for HSWOW.

“The HSWOW program has enabled us to bring fantastic presenters and important subject matter to parents and teachers in Jewish day schools across North America — from the large urban centers to the small, underserved communities,” she said.

“Enhancing the understanding of learning and behavior for teachers and parents is core to our mission of helping children and this webinar format is so easy, accessible, and valuable.”

Past webinars for parents and teachers are archived on the Hidden Sparks website and are accessible through a link on the homepage, where parents and teachers can also add themselves to the Hidden Sparks mailing list and find out more about Hidden Sparks programs.

For more information, contact Sara Diament, director of school services, at

Source: Hidden Sparks