Gordon in the News: last updated 03/21/2007

Gordon Receives $30,000 Grant to Fund Summer Education Institute

March 15, 2007

Ashley Hopkins
Office of College Communications

WENHAM, MA-Gordon College is proud to announce an education grant of $30,000 from the E. Leslie Peter Foundation. This grant will allow the Gordon Education Department to create "Mentoring the Teacher Candidate," a unique summer institute that brings public school teachers and Gordon education professors together to discuss best-teaching practices that will provide structure, guidance and support for current and future teachers.

Gordon Education professors Priscilla Nelson, Janet Arndt and Susan Wood applied for this grant together because they saw a need for college Education professors and public school teachers to be talking and learning from one another, as they both play an important role in preparing future teachers.

"This institute is about listening and collaboration as we strive to better prepare our students for the classroom," says Nelson. "We're hoping that the institute stimulates open discussions between teachers and college professors, as we're all committed to strengthening the future of education in America."

At least five public schools located on Boston's North Shore will participate in this institute, which will begin with a one-week summer workshop in June. Five follow-up sessions will occur throughout the school year, each designed to bridge the gap between college instruction and the practical challenges of student teaching.

The stated objectives of the institute are to:

  • Develop collaborative relationships between teachers, college professors, and student teachers.
  • Design and explore creative teaching strategies which satisfy the goals of the Massachusetts Frameworks and state assessments.
  • Determine and reflect on current strategies and ways experienced teachers can refine and improve instruction.

For more information on the institute, please contact Priscilla Nelson at .


Gordon College is a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences on Boston's North Shore. The college offers majors in 36 fields and has graduate programs in education and music education. Leading the way in Christian college merit, Gordon is nationally ranked for its excellence in academics and its role in character building. These achievements recognize Gordon as one of the nation's top Christian colleges.