Parent education and engagement

A strong partnership between the school and families

Gordon’s calendar is packed with events that connect parents with their children’s learning, and keep the conversation between the school and families lively and relevant.

Convening parent groups

Upcoming meetings

The Gordon Community Association is the school’s volunteer organization. All parents are members, and are welcome to participate at whatever level they feel comfortable. More on the GCA at

The first Parents of Students of Color meeting of the year was held at Gordon on Wednesday, September 12th at 6pm, and their monthly meetings are on the calendar. More information, and a link to RSVP, at

The Rainbow Family Alliance is the informal network of Gordon families who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex communities. Their first potluck of the year was Wednesday, August 29th at 4pm; details at

The Antiracism Working Group for White Parents has its first meeting Thursday, September 27th at 6pm. Information on 
the group, including a form to RSVP, is at

The Parents of Students with Learning Differences group has its first meeting on Thursday, October 11th at 6:00pm. Learn more about the group, and find links to online resources, at

Comparing notes in October

Ages and Stages
The long-running Ages and Stages series will resume in October. At these friendly and informal meetings, the school psychologist and the division director lead a discussion of the developmental stages that children experience at each grade level. Parents can strengthen their connections with the division directors and with the families of their children’s peers. 

Parent-teacher conferences
Parents can expect a prompt from their children’s classroom teachers inviting them to schedule an October conference. There are no classes on Friday, October 26th. Instead, teachers dedicate that day to meeting with parents. Child care is available all day on the 26th, and it is free while parents are in conferences. Accommodations can be made for parents who cannot make it on that day, but it is important that all parents connect directly with teachers as October ends.

Connecting about curriculum

Overview Nights get the parent-teacher relationship off to a strong start early in the year. At Overview Nights, parents meet their children’s teaching team, and get a detailed preview of the coming year’s curriculum.

Middle School Overview Night 
Monday, September 24th, 6:30pm

Early Childhood Overview Night 
Wednesday, September 26th, 6:30pm

Lower School Overview Night 
Wednesday, October 3rd, 6:30pm

The successful Coffee in the Commons series returns on Friday mornings throughout the year. At these, faculty and students present highlights of Gordon’s curriculum and take questions from parents. The first will be Friday, September 7th at 8am; faculty will be there to talk about their summer reading.

Opportunities for parents

Coffees with the Head

This fall, parents can connect with Dr. Thomas López at a series of informal coffees at her house on Martin Street. This is a great chance for parents to reconnect with one another, too! There will be some facilitated conversation, but also plenty of time to mingle.

RSVP and details at

Just for fun

At the Early Childhood family gathering, the GCA convenes families for an informal evening picnic to kickoff the year. It’s Thursday, September 13th at 5pm.

Stand up, stand out downtown! Families, alumni, and all members of Gordon’s extended family are invited to officially welcome Dr. Thomas López to Rhode Island at Waterfire on Saturday, September 22nd. Gordon will have the sponsor’s tent at College and North Main Street from 6 to 9pm. All are invited to don their Gordon gear, meet up downtown, and explore Waterfire together. 

More online resources

In the "Diversity and multicultural practice" section of the website, there is a large library of online resources, many of them written by Gordon authors or by speakers who have visited Gordon.