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.
Offerings for 2021-2022
We’re pleased to offer a variety of learning and growth opportunities, including customized coaching and consultation, communities of practice (open only to consortium members), one-time workshops, webinars, and, new this year, extended courses in focused topics related to special education.
Gateways will be able offer these opportunities for a significantly reduced price (or, for most, entirely free) to any school that joins our Special Education Consortium.
All Educators and Jewish Professionals
*What is Customized Support?
Customized Support Can Include:
- Classroom observations, followed by consultation with individual teachers
- Joint classroom observations with instructional leader
- Short-term direct service to students with identified learning needs
- Coaching a teacher (or group of teachers) on how to better integrate specific students
- Strategies for specific learning profiles
- Curriculum planning consultation
- Facilitating difficult conversations with families
Learn more about our coaching and consultation here.
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 include:
- 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 Gateways Educators’ Learning Series (GELS) workshops — monthly 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.
What is a 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.