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.
Gordon’s series of parent dialogues continues, more interactive and participatory than ever.
Wednesday, October 16th at 6:30
Gender identity development with Dr. Jennifer Bryan
Dr. Jennifer Bryan is a nationally recognized psychologist and author who has worked with parents, students, teachers and school systems for over thirty-five years. Bryan first worked with Gordon in 2009, and has remained a partner of the school’s since then. She will lead this parent conversation after spending the day working with Gordon faculty and Middle School students. A look at the October dialogue
Wednesday, November 13th at 6:00
Tuesday, April 21st at 6:00
Conversations on race
Two nights, hosted by Parents of Students of Color and the Antiracism Working Group for White Families. The first night will feature a look at how Gordon students engage with issues around race in the classroom. A look at the November dialogue
Tuesday, January 28th at 6:00
Technology and child development
Gordon’s Health and Wellness Director and Technology Director team up on lessons throughout the school year. Tonight, Carly Allard and Marlon Henry turn their attention to the issues parents are facing, for a lively conversation on technology’s impact on the child development and brain. Details and RSVP at www.gordonschool.org/parentdialogue
Since 2018, Gordon faculty and administration have been collaborating on a clear, forward-looking set of policies to ensure that Gordon can continue to be a safe place for students of all genders.
In the fall of 2019, parents met with Carly Allard, Gordon’s Health and Wellness Director, Lynn Bowman, the Assistant Head of School, Judith Gnys, Gordon’s psychologist, and division directors to review the policy. A followup parent dialogue with Dr. Jennifer Bryan offered another opportunity to connect on the topic.
In response to questions from Early Childhood and Lower School parents, another conversation is being held 8:30am-9:15am, Tuesday, February 11th, in the Joukowsky Family Library.
RSVP and details at www.gordonschool.org/gendersafe
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. Their first meeting of the year was Friday, September 13th at 8:15am. More on the GCA at www.gordonschool.org/gca
The first Parents of Students of Color meeting of the year was held at Gordon on Wednesday, September 18th at 6pm, and their monthly meetings are on the calendar. More information, and a link to RSVP, at www.gordonschool.org/posoc
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. Information about their gatherings will be announced in the Thursday emails and posted at www.gordonschool.org/rainbowfamily
The Antiracism Working Group for White Parents had its first meeting Thursday, September 12th at 6pm. Information on the group, including a form to RSVP for their monthly meetings, is at www.gordonschool.org/antiracism.
The Parents of Students with Learning Differences group has its first meeting on Wednesday, January 29th at 6:00pm. Learn more, and find links to online resources, at www.gordonschool.org/learningdifferences
Ages and Stages
The long-running Ages and Stages series is scheduled throughout the year. At these friendly and informal meetings, the school psychologist and the division director lead a discussion on 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 a spring conference. There are no classes on Friday, March 6th. Instead, teachers dedicate that day to meeting with parents. Child care is available all day on the 6th, 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 March ends.
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.