Professional Development

Gateways Educators Learning Series (GELS)

Gateways Educators Learning Series (GELS), open to all educators, is a series of workshops addressing the questions that nag professionals with a focus on developing life skills in the early years. These workshops are open to Jewish educators in the greater Boston area and may be customized for on-site parent workshops or professionals training.  For a list of offerings and to contact the administrator, please click here.

The B'Yadenu Project

Over the past several years, Greater Boston’s Jewish day schools have sought to accommodate an ever-increasing range of learners.  While students with diverse special learning needs have historically been an underserved population in day schools and other Jewish educational institutions, many Jewish day schools (both in Boston and nationwide) are now more invested in and committed to serving these students than ever before.  As a result, there has been a heightened interest in a more systematic school-wide approach to serving diverse learners.

B’Yadenu (“in our hands”) is a project designed to shift a “whole” school – meaning all staff, administrators, leaders, and other stakeholders – to cohesively and collaboratively work to better serve all learners.  The ultimate goal of the project is to create an effective, sustainable, and adaptable model for delivering Jewish day school education to an increased number and range of students with special learning needs through school-based professional development in the Boston area, and to document and disseminate the model for adaptation in other communities. As each participating school’s entire school administration and teaching staff become engaged in professional development and learning about addressing and accommodating all students, we expect a new cultural norm to develop.  We anticipate that this new norm will have as its hallmark an expectation of shared responsibility among all administrators and educators for all students regardless of educator background and student educational profiles. 

For more information, including details of how your day school community can benefit from the B’Yadenu Project, click here.

B'Yadenu is a collaboration between Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, Yeshiva University’s Institute for University-School Partnership and select Boston schools (with funding from the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation).