Today, Gordon's PE faculty convened over fifty of their peers to compare notes and discuss strategies for teaching PE in this pandemic.
Professionals from over twenty-two schools, in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and North Carolina came together via Zoom to clarify firm teaching goals for the fall, to discuss ways to meet the needs of a variety of learners, and how to best teach PE in a variety of forums - in person vs online, with no equipment or limited equipment, indoors and outdoors, and all of the other variations that have emerged during the COVID-19 crisis.
This network grew out of an in-person roundtable at Gordon in December 2018, when Gordon's PE team guided sixteen of their peers through conversations about how to best serve students of color and to broaden thinking about what inclusive PE education can be. The Park School organized a followup in spring 2019, and Gordon's Athletics Director was able to draw on these connections this summer when she recognized the need for today's conversation.
This story is part of a larger tradition of leadership and public partnership at Gordon, which has included the Teacher Residency Program with Roger Williams University, the Multicultural Institute, and public programs like the Unpacking Race symposium at Brown University. This work is always grounded in Gordon's multicultural practice and, like today's PE collaborative, aims to serve the changing needs of the larger community. More on some recent Gordon-led workshops and discussions at www.gordonschool.org/