Re-Imagining Your School’s Student Support Systems

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Registration Fees:
Prizmah Network schools $550 per person
Non-network schools $687.50 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $412.50 US per person
Canadian non-network schools $515.63 US per person (Code: CADNON)


When two or more participants from a school register together, all registrants will receive a discounted registration fee.

Prizmah Network schools $450 per person
Non-network schools $562.50 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $337.50 US per person
Canadian non-network schools $421.88 US per person (Code: CADNON)


The registration system will automatically determine whether or not your school has joined the Prizmah Network, and will charge the appropriate price for all US schools and for Canadian Prizmah Network schools. Participants from Canadian Non-network schools should use the discount code CADNON to activate Canadian non-network school pricing.

Ellah Orevi-Greenberg, M.A., Julie Gordon, M.A., Rusi Sukenik, Tamar Shames
Educational Administrators / Directors of Teaching and Learning, Heads of School, Principals, Student Services Professionals / School Counselors / School Psychologists
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A Five-Part Deep Dive

July 5th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 2nd

This five-part interactive series will introduce participants to REACH’s model for serving struggling learners in our day schools. REACH focuses on developing multi-tiered systems to support schools in providing an appropriate education for all students, including those with academic learning challenges, through a strength-based lens. Join this deep dive to explore how these models and leading practices can help you support your own school systems, teachers, and students, and to build out a framework that you can apply to meet your school’s unique needs.

This program is open to professionals working in schools who support students.

Program Outline

This deep dive will take place live on Zoom. To make the most out of this experience, please plan on attending the entire series.

Wednesday, July 5th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

The REACH Philosophies and Model: Learn about REACH and our models and systems of practice. Our work is based on philosophies of ‘kids do well if they can’ and a positive neuroconstruct model, which informs all of our systems.

Wednesday, July 12th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

MTSS - Tiers and Services: Gain a grounding in the multi-tier system of supports. Explore supports provided and student needs addressed in each tier, and start to apply the model to your own context.

Wednesday,  July 19th

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

Case Management: Learn about the role of case manager and when it is appropriate for a student, and how case management supports the student in school.

Wednesday, July 26th 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

Data Driven Decision Making: Learn all about data, what it is, why it is important and how to make data based decisions.

Wednesday, August 2nd

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

Professional Development - Bringing It Home: To implement systems of support in your school, you’ll need to build buy-in and develop the skills and mindsets of your team. We’ll close the series by focusing on implementing PD with fidelity and long term positive outcomes.


Julie Gordon, ME, Executive Director, REACH
Gordon, M.A.
Executive Director

Julie has over 30 years of experience in the field of special education, ranging from classroom teaching to serving as an administrator, consulting with schools to facilitate inclusion, and developing curriculum. Before coming to the Chicago area, Julie was the director of curriculum and instruction for The Learning Center for Deaf Children in Boston and was part of the team that founded Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, an organization that provides special education services for Jewish organizations, schools, and synagogues. As the executive director of REACH, Julie also works closely with a wide range of agencies to maximize private and government funding to ensure that resources are available to all Jewish day schools.

Julie holds a B.A. in psychology from Queens College and a M.A. in education of the hearing impaired with a second area of concentration in learning disabilities from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University.

Orevi-Greenberg, M.A.
Special Education Consultant

Ellah supports teachers and administrators within the Jewish day school system to build best practices in data-driven instruction, intervention, and case management. She also supports a network of coaches within the system to help build capacity within the schools toward evidence-based practices. She has been working in the field of special education for 22 years. Ellah developed a love for data while working as an ABA therapist. She then worked within the public school district in California as a special education teacher with a range of students including those with specific learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and challenges with social-emotional regulation. She worked as a special education administrator overseeing various specialized programs, professional development, and student evaluations. She is honored to work with the Jewish day school system.

Tamar Shames

Tamar is the Director of Professional Development at REACH, Resources for Educational Achievement Collaboration and Health, in Chicago. Prior to joining REACH, Tamar served as the Learning Center Director at Ramaz Middle School in New York City. In her role, Tamar works with the Chicago day school system to meet the educational and social emotional needs of all students. Tamar develops and facilitates professional development sessions that build the internal capacity of hundreds of teachers and administrators. Tamar has expertise related to Collaborative Problem Solving, and is a certified trainer in the model. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Barnard College and Master’s of Education in Special Education from Bank Street.

Rusi Sukenik

As the Director of Student Services at REACH, Rusi supervises special education teachers who provide individualized education programs to students within the Jewish day schools. Rusi mentors staff, collaborates with school administration, and helps schools and teachers develop plans to better service students who struggle both academically and behaviorally. Rusi is committed to evidence-based programs and making data-driven decisions so that the school staff at the Jewish day schools can reach all their students. She has a B.A. in Jewish studies and special education from Hebrew Theological College and a M.Ed. in administration and supervision from Loyola University. In addition to her two Illinois State Licensures in special education and administration, she has an endorsement in middle school math, extensive training as a teacher coach, and is a certified practitioner in Collaborative Problem Solving.