Professional development

At the center of the mission

Professional growth and development is at the center of a mission that embraces the need for conversation on race-related topics and believes in encouraging intellectual leadership, fostering an empathic spirit and stimulating a drive for societal impact. 

To this end, an employee at Gordon is expected to seek out and participate in professional development opportunities.  These are offered within and outside of our community. Within the community, we have provided professional speakers, workshops, seminars and trainings. In addition to going to outside workshops and conferences as attendees, many faculty and administrators present at conferences and seminars – an experience we find to be a powerful form of professional development.  

The Multicultural Institute

In an effort to both build and refine their skills as multicultural practitioners, Gordon faculty run a three-day professional development seminar – called the Multicultural Institute - after school concludes each June. 
 
The Multicultural Institute started in June 2007. This was originally for Gordon’s Middle School teachers as well as middle school teachers from other schools across the country. These three days focused on teachers reflecting on their multicultural practice through conversations involving how identity shapes the way one engages with students and curriculum. 

Starting in 2011, the Institute became an entirely internal experience and included all Gordon teachers. Recent institutes included workshops on writing mastery objectives and creating formative assessments; planning for advancing STEAM objectives in our curriculum; professional development related to classroom technology: Google Classroom, Pear Deck Technology and the use of Lexia as a center in lower school classrooms. In every case, equity pedagogy is the focus.
 

Recent in-house workshops and seminars

Strategies to Support Students Who Identify as LGBTQQI (Rachel Legend, MSW)
 
Unpacking Race: Brown University/Gordon symposium
 
Yearly Race-Based-Affinity-Group work focused on anti-racist teaching practices

Task Stream: Database for Evaluation Work

Mindfulness in the Classroom with Dr. Judith Gnys

Blackbaud Training

Math In Focus Training with Kevin Mahoney

Social Cognition: What is it and How Does it Impact My Classroom? with Alison Anderson, MSW CCC-SLP

Objectives, Formative Assessments and Criteria for Success with Deb Reed
 

Recent outside workshops and seminars

AISNE Diversity Conference
 
NAIS People of Color Conference
 
Learning and the Brain Conference
 
Georgetown Day School: Future of Diversity Symposium
 
Association of Physical Plant Administrators Conference
 
NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads
 
White Privilege Conference
 
LEGO Engineering Institute for Educators
 
Rhode Island School Nurse Educators Conference
 
Council for Advancement and Support of Education Conference
 
Carney Sandoe Diversity Forum
 
Orton Gillingham Training
 
AISNE Governance Conference
 
Summer Institute in Digital Literacy (University of RI)
 
Arts and Universal Design for Learning Conference
 
Annual Learning Differences Conference
 
NAME Eastern Division Conference

Analyzing Teaching for Better Results Seminar 

Each faculty, staff member, and administrator selects a summer reading book and participates in small group discussions at the beginning of the following school year. There is choice among the summer reading books. 

In 2015, the choices were:

The Misfits by James Howe

Mindsets In The Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools, by Mary Cay Ricci

Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage, by Daria Roithmayr

Luna, by Julie Ann Peters

Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn, by Dorothy Steels and Becki Cohn Vargas.

In 2016, the choices included:
 
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, by Lynn Lyon

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
 
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt
 
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson

Summer reading

Each faculty, staff member, and administrator selects a summer reading book and participates in small group discussions at the beginning of the following school year. There is choice among the summer reading books. 

In 2015, the choices were:

The Misfits by James Howe

Mindsets In The Classroom: Building a Culture of Success and Student Achievement in Schools, by Mary Cay Ricci

Reproducing Racism: How Everyday Choices Lock In White Advantage, by Daria Roithmayr

Luna, by Julie Ann Peters

Identity Safe Classrooms: Places to Belong and Learn, by Dorothy Steels and Becki Cohn Vargas.

In 2016, the choices included:
 
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, by Lynn Lyon

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
 
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, by Amy Ellis Nutt
 
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson