Faculty and Staff Credentials

We are proud of our faculty and staff who are passionate about our school and our mission. Every day, they strive to ensure the highest standards of excellence in all areas. Our school is a learning community and our faculty and staff participate in numerous opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills.



Every teacher has at least one professional goal, set within the "Thoughtful Classroom framework".  Teachers have been divided into learning cohorts based on these goals.  Each cohort meets multiple times during the academic year and focuses on research and best practice in the area of focus.

The subjects for learning cohorts include:

  • Classroom management
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Proper use of assessments
  • Integration of technology into the different instructional dimensions
  • Helping students celebrate and reflect on their learning
  • Capitalizing on student motivation to increase engagement and enjoyment
  • Strategies for presenting new learning
  • Helping students set personal learning goals and tracking progress

Additional professional development areas include:

  • Thoughtful Classroom
  • Responsive Classroom
  • Developmental Designs
  • Curriculum Mapping
  • Parent communication
  • Tefillah education
  • Executive Functioning
  • Technology
  • Derech Eretz  - character education
  • Meeting Advantage
  • Speed of Trust

Sampling of External PD Experiences Elected by Teachers Over the Last 2 Years:


Emotional Health:

  • JCFS - Training for Partners in Prevention Program
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions to Rewire the Brain
  • Oppositional, Defiant and Disruptive Children and Adolescents
  • Self-Regulation in Children
  • Social Thinking - Superflex & Friends Take on Social Emotional
  • Teaching Self-Aware Minds


  • Making the Most of Ipads in the Classroom
  • ICE Conference
  • Using ipads and Current Apps to Enhance Learning of Students with Special Needs


  • Hebrew Reading Comprehension
  • Effective Second Language Acquisition
  • Strengthening Your World Language Instruction
  • NETA Conference (Hebrew program)
  • Mosaic Workshop at Botanic Gardens (Art education)
  • NCSS Annual National Conference
  • NCTE Annual National Convention
  • Illinois Reading Council Conference
  • Project Read
  • Ralph Fletcher: Writing and the Common Core
  • Assessing Your Language Skills
  • Training Statistics Topics in Algebra 1
  • What's New in Third Grade
  • Contemporary Jewish Thought
  • JTS Training
  • Rabbinics training with curriculum developers
  • Bible Standards and Benchmarks training
  • Yeshiva University - Online Course - Essentials for Every Classroom

Responsive Classroom:

  • Day-long and week-long workshop

Educational Thought:

  • The Mindset Revolution: Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset
  • ASCD National Conference
  • Learning & the Common Core Standards

Physical Heath:

  • CPR Training



Community | Kehillah

SSDS is a community of students, families, educators, donors, and volunteer leaders who support
each other through times of joy and sorrow, forging life-long bonds of friendship
based on a shared commitment to each other and to Jewish life and learning.

Responsibility | Achrayut

As Jews, we are all responsible for one another. This sense of responsibility begins with, and extends
beyond, our SSDS community and includes giving tzedakah and improving our world.

Joy | Simcha

A Jewish life is a joyous life. SSDS provides a joyful learning environment for children,
families, and educators. Jewish holidays and life cycle events are an opportunity for everyone
to come together to celebrate and experience the richness of Jewish life.

Israel | Yisrael

Through Hebrew language education and immersion in Israeli culture, SSDS personalizes for its students
the American Jewish connection to Israel, instilling a passionate, lasting commitment to, and a sense of responsibility
for, the State of Israel.

Journey | Masa

SSDS welcomes and partners with parents to encourage and support their children and families
throughout their Schechter journey. We also promote a love of learning in our students, and create
opportunities for children, parents, families, educators, and volunteers to engage in life-long learning and growth.

In the Image of God | Btzelem Elohim

SSDS values the uniqueness and worth of every individual. Our school emphasizes respect, dignity,
inclusiveness, and compassion. We nurture the health, safety, and well-being of every member of our community.

Exemplary | Dugma

SSDS is committed to providing an education that weaves the best of General studies and Judaic
studies in an integrated program that is the benchmark against which Jewish day school programs are measured.

A partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. We appreciate the generous assistance provided by the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation Seventh Grade Scholarship Program for our Schechter families. Solomon Schechter Day School accepts students and parents of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.


Administrative Office: 3210 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 | 847.498.2100
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