Mission: We believe every Jewish child deserves a Jewish Education. Gateways enables access to Jewish education for children with special needs and educationall challenges in Jewish day schools, congregational and community Hebrew schools and preschools, and supplemental settings.
Geographic areas served: Greater Boston, Rhode Island, New Hampshire
Programs: Gateways jewish day school programs: gateways collaborated with 9 boston-area jewish day schools in 2014-15. In 8 schools, gateways provided on-site special education support and services, including social skills groups using the approach of "social thinking. " in 5 schools, gateways consulted to school leadership participating in the "b'yadenu" initiative to implement a comprehensive whole-school professional development plan to improve instruction of all learners. In 4 schools, gateways implemented the "understanding our differences" program, a disability awareness curriculum.
community services: gateways provides consultation, professional development, resources, and support services to congregational and community jewish education programs and jewish preschools throughout greater boston to enable students with a wide range of learning needs to participate and succeed. In 2014-15 grants were awarded to 31 supplementary schools and 17 preschools. Communities of practice and a workshop series brought toegether educators from across the community to learn and network together.
jewish education programs: gateways delivers dynamic jewish educational programs to students who benefit from highly structured programming, individualized attention and small class sizes. In 2014-15 our sunday program ran 7 classes enrolling 40 students with 64 teen volunteers; the b'nei mitzvah program provided a class and tutoring to 9 students; and the mitzvah mensches program integrated 31 teens with and without disabilities in an inclusive youth group. A pilot program for preschoolers brought together 5 students and a team of educators and therapists for a 6-week class focused on preparing for passover while also learning essential social skills.
other program services include co-sponsored programs and work outside of our ordinary constitutency.
I have been involved with Gateways, particularly their professional development arm that enters various schools and provides PD as well as one-on-one coaching to teachers in order to ensure that all students are learning and maximizing their potential. Their staff is professional, culturally sensitive, and extremely knowledgeable. They convey their information thoughtfully and in a way that makes teachers enthusiastic about implementing their ideas and methods. Students truly benefit as the teachers work with Gateways to learn to work with each child.