What's new at Fordham PDRC - September 2023Planning for the new school year? Read more from Barbara Johnson, and join Fordham PDRC's upcoming professional development events this month.
The 2023-2024 school year is underway, and teachers will begin to engage students in lessons that will explore the endless possibilities in learning and discovering new things.
To help prepare school leaders for this critical work, the Fordham PDRC facilitated a Summer Institute at our Rose Hill Campus.
School leaders listened to the inspiring words of Fordham’s own, Dr. William F. Baker, who directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy & Education at the Graduate School of Education.
His presentation was based on his compelling book, Leading with Kindness: How Good People Consistently Get Superior Results. He led the institute with a powerful speech where he articulated the importance of being kind and the power kindness has in a workplace, and for us, our schools.
Administrators who lead with kindness will inspire teachers to do the same in their classrooms, and the message that this will leave with our students is even more impactful.
We hope that this message sets the tone for a positive school year.
Fordham PDRC is here to support the professional development needs of the schools in which we serve.
To learn more about the PDRC and how it can support your learning community, please contact Stefanie Reda.
Just being on the beautiful campus of Fordham University at Rose Hill evokes lofty thoughts of academia. It was there that educators gathered to hear Dr. William Baker’s inspiring keynote speech “Leading with Kindness”. In this Fordham PDRC Summer Institute session on August 18 his powerful words set the stage for a panel of four distinctive school leaders to share planning priorities for the new school year before an audience of educators.
These leaders represented very different types of schools, yet their ultimate goals are similar. At the table were William Lessa, Principal of Cardinal Hayes High School, a large Catholic boys’ school in the South Bronx and Panagiota Lilikaki, Assistant Principal of A. Fantis School, a Greek elementary school in Brooklyn. Joining them were Kevin Boyd, Principal of Theresa Paplin School, a live-in school in Queens for special education students from 10 to 21 years old, Dr. Khadijah Jean Pryce, Principal of the Islamic Cultural Center School in Manhattan for children from 3 years old to 8th graders, and Marie O’Shea, founding Academic Dean of the new St. Catharine Academy Middle School for girls in the Bronx.