Jewish Day School Services

Gateways' Classroom Programs

SHAS students work together on a projectGateways provides direct services to students individually and/or in small groups, both in and out of the classroom, to enhance their academic success and support their social, physical and behavioral development.  In some of the day schools, a therapist works with the entire class during one period per week, to instruct students and model techniques for the teacher. Therapists also help teachers integrate the program into their daily teaching. Examples of whole class programs include: Engine Run (an Alert Program, which teaches children to get to their "just right state" for learning), social skills, printing and handwriting.

For some students who need more services, but are able to work within their school’s curriculum, a class may be co-taught by a teacher from the school and a Gateways specialist. The teacher and specialist collaborate to plan lessons, curriculum modifications and learning strategies.

Gateways offers services to students to meet their needs in the following areas:

  • Expressive Language Disorder (articulation, language processing, word retrieval, stuttering)
  • Reading (decoding, comprehension)
  • Written Expression (vocabulary, grammar, organization)
  • Math Support
  • Fine Motor
  • Gross Motor
  • Handwriting
  • Sensory Integration
  • Emotional/Physical Regulation
  • Executive Function
  • Social Skills
  • Behavior

Gateways' Consultation, Professional Development and Teacher Coaching Programs

Gateways offers Professional Development, including coaching and consultation, to support faculty and teaching teams who facilitate the inclusion of diverse learners.  Gateways presents workshops to school staff, and pairs these sessions with more in-depth work with teachers.

Gateways works with teachers in both general and Judaic studies and assists schools with curriculum mapping in these areas. Additionally, Gateways staff engage in teacher coaching, during which a Gateways specialist meets regularly with a teacher outside of the classroom, to offer information about students’ learning styles and differentiated instruction and to help plan lessons. In class, specialists models alternative teaching strategies and assist teachers in implementating differentiated instruction and classroom accommodations.

Gateways can also coach school support staff to help them better identify students with learning needs, support differentiated instruction in the classroom, and provide students with skills and strategies. Additionally, through literacy trainings, Gateways can work with schools to promote student reading success by updating the school’s curriculum and training teachers.

The support that Gateways provides enhances teachers' and schools' abilities to reach all students.


Gateways is grateful for the ongoing support of Boston's Combined Jewish Philanthropies, their Initiative for Day School Excellence and its Commission on Jewish Day School Education.