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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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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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Embracing Social Emotional & Spiritual Learning to Create Inclusive Part-Time Jewish Education Experiences (SESL)

In Collaboration with Hebrew College
  • Dates: 6 Wednesdays, Feb. 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30; April 6
  • Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Tiered pricing
  • Location: Zoom

Understanding and Navigating Challenging Behaviors in a Supplemental School Setting

In Collaboration with Hebrew College
  • Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022
  • Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Zoom

In today’s formal and informal Jewish educational programs, children’s behavior is an important factor in their social and academic experience. Just as students’ behavior impacts their learning, their learning needs also impact their behaviors. During this workshop, we will explore the interaction between learning issues and behavior and we’ll examine strategies that can help teachers navigate challenging classroom situations.

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. Membership is just $100 annually.

Special Education Consortium Member Benefits:

  • Participation in a Community of Practice with other congregational and community educators or early childhood educators, including shared learning and networking opportunities.
  • Up to eight hours of consultation with Gateways’ special education professionals. Upon receipt of your membership form and fee, we will contact you to make an appointment.
  • Participation in our workshops — webinars or workshops on topics related to special education, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Opportunity to participate in learning cohorts with other Jewish Education professionals for a significantly discounted rate.

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 .