Rona Novick, Dean, Azrieli Graduate School


We all know that uncomfortable feeling. We have to have one of those difficult conversations with our children or our students. Whether it is discussing substance use, challenging behaviors, dealing with peer pressure, family issues, loss and trauma, or substance abuse, it can be difficult to find the words, tone, and context. This year, Hidden Sparks will be presenting a webinar with Dr. Rona Novick that will guide adults in setting the stage for having meaningful and successful conversations even around difficult topics.

Hidden Sparks is a nonprofit dedicated to helping educators and schools nurture the Hidden Spark within each student, and its programs are active in local school such as Shulamith and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County. For over 10 years they have been developing and facilitating professional development programs for yeshiva and day school educators to deepen the understanding of learning and approaches for teaching all kinds of students, particularly those who struggle.

The organization has always recognized parents as being the strongest supporters of their children, and while its primary focus is educators, they also provide learning opportunities for parents in their free webinar series, Hidden Sparks Without Walls.

This year’s series includes a webinar for parents on Combating Homework Hassles where parents will learn strategies such as breaking down assignments, as well as other tips and resources to help them support their children in establishing good study habits and stop homework hassles before they begin. For teachers, Hidden Sparks is offering a range of topics from Tune Up Your Classroom Management, being offered this month to help teachers start the year off on strong footing, to “Work it out!??” Supporting Conflict Resolution Among Students with Zipora Schuk, as well as webinars on differentiation, reading comprehension strategies, and taking inspiration from Montessori classrooms.

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