Special Education Overview

  • In order to meet the needs of all children within District 74, the special education department provides a variety of services for children beginning at the age of three. District 74 employs highly qualified Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Social Workers and School Psychologists. We provide an extensive continuum of services for children with special needs in conjunction with Niles Township District for Special Education #807. Students are educated in the least restrictive environment. District 74 partners with families to develop plans to meet students’ academic, social, physical, and emotional needs. If you have questions regarding special education in District 74, please contact Jennifer Ruttkay, Director of Special Education at 847-675-8234.

    All screenings will be held at Elizabeth Meyer School, 8100 N. Tripp in Skokie. Please call Jackie Thommen at 847-965-9040 ext. 1104 for an appointment. If you are concerned about your preschool-aged child's development, please make an appointment to attend one of the following NTDSE Developmental Screenings:


    • September 24, 2019
    • October 22, 2019
    • November 26, 2019
    • December 17, 2019
    • January 28, 2020
    • February 25, 2020
    • March 17, 2020
    • April 21, 2020
    • May 12, 2020 




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    Jennifer Ruttkay
    Director of Special Education
    Phone: 847-675-8234
    Email: jruttkay@sd74.org
    Degrees and Certifications:
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Master of Education in School Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
    Director of Special Education Endorsement



    Karen Fuentes
    Secretary to the Directors
    Phone: 847-675-8234
    Email: kfuentes@sd74.org