The ATT is the hub for quality education, funding and advocacy to empower Chicago area Jewish day schools. Our vision is for all children to achieve their individual potential as learners and thrive as productive, committed and communally involved Jews.
We achieve this by directly supporting school leaders and teachers through:
Comprehensive professional development
Instructional coaching and administrative support
Piloting models of Jewish educational excellence
Coordinating with outside agencies
Engaging the community in educational programs and opportunities
We have been serving the greater Chicagoland Jewish community as the central agency for religious education since our founding in 1929. Currently, the ATT has an enrollment of 3600 students in its schools and its summer programs.
As the supervisory agency of a network of more than 20 regional schools, special education and learning differences programs, the ATT plays a prominent role with each segment of its schools’ populations. Not only does the ATT provide direct resources to its schools and teachers, it also supplies students and parents with crucial programming and educational services.
We assist in curricular planning, provide professional development of teachers and supply a host of educational resources to schools.
A key leadership role of the ATT is the work it does with principals and administrators of our schools. ATT facilitates the exchange of ideas as well as the creation of educational programs that support our affiliated institutions. The ATT also works with the principals on an individual basis, offering advice, support, and encouragement for their programs. Recently the ATT has also started to involve the lay leadership of our schools and has worked with them in identifying areas that need improvement within their institutions.
ATT professional staff offers our affiliated schools direct on-site supervision of classroom instruction to assist schools and principals in guaranteeing the finest Jewish education.
Evaluation of ATT Schools
The ATT, through its supervisory staff and curricular experts, performs teacher, principal and school evaluations. These evaluations provide valuable insight into the successful functioning of our affiliated institutions and improve the education provided to our children.
Early Childhood Teacher Supervision
The ATT Department of Early Childhood Education works with our schools and the Early Childhood Kehillah in enhancing early childhood education. Among its many activities is the recognition of outstanding teachers in the field of early childhood education.
ATT works together with schools to provide expert advice and resources to review, modify, and evaluate curricula. Recent examples of this work include curricula for Tefillah, Chumash, Ivrit/Dikduk, a complete English writing curriculum, and the “Early Childhood Standards Manual” (developed in conjunction with the Jewish Federation’s Kehillah).
ATT maintains a Board of Professional Review to which differences between teachers and schools, and schools and other schools can be referred. This process has been critical in promoting harmony within the entire system while guaranteeing the right and privileges of all of its constituencies. The ATT is also a forum for the resolution of issues between schools and parents. Parents and/or schools that need outside arbitration in negotiating a problem regularly turn to the ATT for assistance.
The Associated Talmud Torahs is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community.
The Associated Talmud Torahs is supported by the Crain-Maling Foundation.
The Associated Talmud Torahs is supported by the Kehillah Jewish Fund of Chicago.
Meet our team
Rabbi Mordechai Raizman, CEO
Rabbi Raizman has led the ATT for over a decade, running the day-to-day operations, fundraising, marketing, and strengthening the relationships with schools, lay leaders, parent body and other community organizations. Prior to that, he was the director of outreach at Chicago Torah Network, a founder of Bais Medrash Mikor Hachaim and a rebbe at Arie Crown Hebrew Day School.
Rabbi Raizman is married to Chani, and they are proud of four graduates of the ATT day school system.
Rabbi Avrohom Moller, Superintendent of Education
Rabbi Moller has led the ATT’s education and professional development initiatives for over a decade. He has been an educator in Chicago for 30 years, teaching elementary, secondary grades and college. He also served in school administration for six years. He received his rabbinic ordination from Mesivta Tiferes Jerusalem and a master’s degree in educational administration from Loyola University. Rabbi Moller believes passionately that Jewish education is the guarantor of our future as a people and that our schools deserve all the support we can provide them. He is fascinated by the science of learning and the systems that make schools succeed as institutions and as community assets. Rabbi Moller has written and lectured on these topics extensively.
Rabbi Moller lives in Chicago with his wife Devorah and family, and his children have all been recipients of a quality education in Chicago’s Jewish day schools.
Chani Friedman, Chair of Teacher Education & Development
Over the course of Chani’s tenure at the ATT, she has served in many roles. Currently, she is director of the Arthur H. & Alice Barbakoff Department of Teacher Education & Development, organizing professional development opportunities for the 500 ATT teachers. She is also the government programs liaison for the ATT/Jewish schools to Chicago Public Schools and Chicago suburban districts, coordinating local, state and federal resources for Jewish schools. Chani has a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from the University of Colorado and a M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision from Loyola University Chicago. She is a veteran teacher, having taught at Hanna Sacks Bais Yaakov in the Jewish history and science departments for 30 years, at Joan Dachs Bais Yaakov as a guest lecturer teaching Holocaust education, adult classes in the Chicago community and also leads many of the ATT professional development classes.
Tamar Shames, Director of Professional Development at REACH
Tamar Shames works with the Chicago day school system schools to meet the educational and social/emotional needs of all students. She develops and facilitates professional development sessions that build the internal capacity of hundreds of teachers and administrators. Tamar is an expert in Collaborative Problem Solving and is a certified trainer in the model. Prior to joining REACH in 2015, she served as the Learning Center Director at Ramaz Middle School where she facilitated academic accommodations and curricular modifications for students and supervised and mentored fellow teachers. Tamar graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in psychology and education and continued on to Bank Street College of Education where she earned her masters of education in special education.
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