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.
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.
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
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
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