Thursday, March 22, 2018

Boston: Gateways Access to Jewish Education

by David A. Farbman, Ph.D. Director, Center for Professional Learning

For the last decade, Gateways Access to Jewish Education has been providing targeted professional development to educators in Boston-area Jewish preschools in order to boost their capacity to serve children with diverse learning and/or developmental profiles. Professional development has included scores of workshops and other trainings on Social Thinking (e.g., writing Social Stories) and hundreds of hours of individualized coaching of directors around a variety challenges related to inclusion and differentiation. In the last year, Gateways conducted in-depth reviews of 10 preschools in an effort to determine the areas of growth and, in turn, how our experts could best leverage our professional development support across the field. Also, in the course of our work, Gateways has developed a number of resources to assist educators and parents enable children with atypical learning needs more access to Jewish content.

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