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DOLORES GENDE
PARISH EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

ABOUT:
Teaching students since 1983 in Mexico, Belgium, Netherlands Antilles and USA
MY LIFE: ALL AROUND THE WORLD

PLP EXPERIENCE:
I started my journey with Powerful Learning Practice last year as part of a team of extraordinary educators (Sherie, Emma, Michelle and Dave). We had an amazing experience as we developed our awareness of 21st century teaching and learning. As part of our Action-Research project we created and implemented a school-wide professional development program (IP21) with full support of the administration.

THIS I BELIEVE:
Preparing young people to take part in a world that is becoming at once smaller and more complex, and to take part with both an awareness of inherent responsibilities as well as the confidence to come to grips with constantly changing local and global realities is the challenging and worthy undertaking of the best of today’s schools. Within those schools it is the task of the leadership, in partnership with faculty, students, parents, and the community at large to create and develop an environment in which this process can best occur.

Teachers, administrators, and other members of staff are partners as leaders and members of teams with valuable voices in articulating and putting into action the mission of the school and the vision for its future. Their professionalism is vital to learning. The best teachers and administrators, just as the best in any profession, have a desire to grow in their practice. Just as students require an environment conducive to learning, teachers require an environment conducive to teaching.

As Director of Instructional Technology I partner with our PLP Team to support teachers and administrators in their path to accomplish their individual plans for 21st century (IP21). We collaborate as a community that has an interest in the well-being of students to collectively make the school's vision a reality.

Albert Einstein said, “Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” Leading others to make learning an ingrained, life-long habit is the most satisfactory activity I know.