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The first Institute for New Teachers of Color

above: the inaugural Institute for New Teachers of Color launched this morning at Gordon, led by these four master educators: Gordon's Head of School Noni Thomas López, Susan Yao, Betty Noel and William Gilyard.

Eleven educators from around the country have come to East Providence to reflect on where they are in their career journeys, learn about independent school culture, hone their craft as educators, and develop personal mission statements to ground them as they navigate the next year. 

Gordon is well-represented at the Institute for New Teachers of Color. New eighth grade humanities teacher Viva Sandoval is a member of the new teacher cohort, Admissions Associate Rodney López will lead a session this afternoon on Finding Your Strengths, and on Wednesday the participants will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of veteran teachers, which will include second grade teacher Cendhi Arias and sixth grade teacher Afiya Samuel.

Gordon is proud to host this first institute for teachers of color who are new to the independent school world.

Gordon has a long history of leadership in multicultural education and antiracist work. By supporting events like this week's workshop, Gordon hopes to further extend the school's mission to help reshape the culture of independent schools so that students, teachers and families can all benefit from a richer range of perspectives and experiences and more diverse and inclusive school community.

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