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Workshops and Shared Learning Opportunities

In our role as Boston’s central agency for Jewish special education, Gateways is dedicated to helping educators, administrators, clergy, and lay leaders throughout our Jewish community build a more inclusive world.

Inclusion in All Jewish Educational Settings

Whatever Jewish educational setting you come from, we have something for you. Read about the various categories of professional development we offer, including customized coaching and consultation, communities of practice, one-time workshops, webinars, and extended courses in focused topics related to special education.

If you are interested in registering or learning more about any of these opportunities, please email us at .

Supplementary School

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Early Childhood

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All Educators and Jewish Professionals

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Upcoming Workshops and Events

There are no upcoming events at this time

Course Offerings for Supplemental School Educators

Extended courses in focused topics related to special education, inclusion and accessibility, as well as individual, free webinars covering a variety of topics related to the field of special education. Looking to learn about a topic not listed here? Check out our customized support menu.

Teen Madrichim Training Program

Intended primarily for directors and other administrators, this train-the-trainer model shares with participants the Gateways Teen Madrichim Training Program, a new curriculum developed from best practices in the Gateways Sunday Program. It includes concrete strategies and supports for teens to implement in classrooms for diverse learners and also explores successful ways to train teens to use these tools in educational settings. Offered in the fall.

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Gateways Hebrew Reading Program

Participants will study the structure and pedagogy of Gateways’ multi-sensory Hebrew curriculum. Though designed to support students with language-based learning disabilities, the curriculum can be of value to all learners. (For those with experience using the program, focus will be on advanced teaching techniques, how to structure and use assessments, and how to translate student outcomes data into instruction). Offered in the fall. Contact us for alternative private training options.

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Boston-area Opportunities

Join Our Special Education Consortium

In partnership with CJP, Gateways: Access to Jewish Education is pleased to offer educators, administrators, clergy, and lay leaders in Boston-area Jewish educational settings additional opportunities for professional learning through our Special Education Consortium.

The Gateways Special Education Consortium is open to all Jewish institutions—synagogues, day schools, congregational and community supplemental schools, and preschools and others—within the CJP catchment area. Gateways offers a tiered membership plan, that includes both introductory and advanced options. Gateways staff are available to help schools select the options that best meet their needs.

Community of Practice

The Community of Practice (CoP) is a group that provides a confidential, non-judgmental setting with a network of peers who have dealt with similar concerns, including how to best support a particular student or family, ways to collaborate with your synagogue’s clergy to promote inclusive practices, and best practices for differentiated learning, neurodiverse classrooms, and fostering emotional regulation.

Enrollment in the CoP is free and open to any director or inclusion specialist, regardless of participation in other Gateways professional development. Because Communities of Practice work best with a consistent set of practitioners who together develop shared trust, enrolled participants are expected to attend as many CoP sessions as possible.

The Gateways CoP will meet approximately once per month during the school year.

To learn more about or to sign up for any of these opportunities, please email .