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Schechter Boasts Honorable Mention in Prestigious Kohelet Prize Competition

Multiage classroom at Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford. Submitted photo

Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford has been recognized for the school’s accessible educational programming.


The Solomon Schechter Lower School Teaching Team has been awarded an Honorable Mention from the prestigious Kohelet Foundation. According to their website, the award recognizes Jewish day schools that create and implement replicable and accessible education programs “transforming what is possible for Jewish day schools and their communities nationwide”.

The Schechter Team earned distinction in the category of Differentiated Education with their entry Inspiring All Learners through Multi-Age Classrooms, noting that the learning and self-esteem that results from this model have been widely reported in educational literature and the press.

In order to implement their vision, Schechter learning spaces were reimagined and open classrooms were created with diverse spaces including reading nooks, writing centers, and manipulative areas. Large teacher desks were replaced them with tables and flexible seating which allows more direct access to students. The transformation of the learning space emphasizes Schechter’s student centered educational philosophy.

Long-time Schechter parent and Board Member Lee Ann Benadiva praised the achievement noting “our students are the true winners at our school!  They get the reward of creative teachers and caring staff working with them daily”.

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