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Shiluv: Peer Disability Education Program

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

Faculty Fellowship

Gateways’ Shiluv Faculty Fellowship brings together Jewish educators to participate in a year-long fellowship to receive certification to implement
Shiluv in their classrooms. Shiluv Faculty Fellows develop grounding in the philosophy and history of disability rights and inclusion, cultivate a shared language about difference and disability, and receive coaching and feedback on their implementation of the Shiluv curriculum in their general education and inclusive classrooms.

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Program Details

The Shiluv Faculty Fellowship will begin in the fall of 2024 with monthly live professional learning. 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 and curriculum certification for an additional two years with eligibility to renew (licensing fee applies).

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 Curriculum

By focusing on the culture and mindset of the community towards difference and disability, and doing so through a uniquely Jewish lens, Shiluv seeks to shift understandings of what it truly means to include people with disabilities in Jewish community.

Students participate in developmentally appropriate multisensory experiential learning to explore various themes related to embracing individual differences, respecting developmental variation, and understanding disability.

Supplementary Classroom Activities

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

Disability Speaker Series

Speakers with different disabilities, including intellectual and learning disabilities and Autism, share their lived experience navigating their differences with friends and family, in school, and in the Jewish community while forming a positive identity.

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

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