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Shiluv: Peer Disability Education Program

Engage your students and educators in compelling, experiential programming to cultivate a culture of respect and appreciation of learning, physical, and developmental differences.

Faculty Fellowship

Gateways’ Shiluv Faculty Fellowship brings together Jewish day school educators and administrators to form national cohorts committed to building more inclusive communities in their schools. This Faculty Fellowship will empower participants to implement educational programming in their schools that develops an inclusive mindset and appreciation of individual differences among all students.

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Program Details

The Shiluv Faculty Fellowship will begin in the fall with a virtual summit and continue with monthly live professional learning webinars. There will be opportunities for asynchronous learning, 1:1 coaching with Gateways experts, and a community of practice with other educators and administrators. Participation in the fellowship will include access to the full library of Gateways’ Shiluv Peer Disability Education curriculum for K-5 and resources for one year.

Certification

As a result of participating in this fellowship, educators will receive certification to enable them to implement Shiluv in their schools. Educators will be eligible to participate in biannual refresher courses to maintain their Shiluv certification and continue implementing the curriculum in their schools.

Shiluv School Curriculum

By focusing on the overall culture and mindset of the community towards difference and disability, our approach seeks to shift understandings of what it truly means to embrace and include people with a variety of developmental and physical variations. Through a range of developmentally appropriate programming, students will:

  • explore themes of disability and difference and cultivate a culture of respect and appreciation of learning, physical, and developmental differences.
  • learn that our differences, strengths, and areas of challenge allow each of us to bring something different to the table, and together we form a strong community.
Experiential Learning

Students participate in developmentally appropriate, multisensory, and interactive activities exploring various themes related to embracing individual differences, respecting developmental variation, and understanding disability. Through these activities, students reflect on their own personal characteristics, develop an appreciation for the differences that exist within their community, and brainstorm ways to ensure that all individuals are supported and included. These can be facilitated by a Gateways consultant or a Shiluv Faculty Fellow.

Supplementary Classroom Activities

Gateways provides reading guides and Jewish text study guides to engage with the stories of people with lived experience of disability and make explicit connections with Jewish values, texts, and community.

Disability Speaker Series

Gateways coordinates and facilitates a series of presentations with speakers with different disabilities (e.g., Autism, intellectual disability, blindness and low vision, deafness and hard of hearing, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, etc.) who share about their lived experiences, experiences in school, with friends, and navigating their differences while forming a positive identity.

This programming is aimed at students in grades K-5.

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