Michael S. Gordon is a Music Educator for Band and General Music at Middlebrook School in Wilton, Connecticut. He is also District co-Music Instructional Leader for Fine And Performing Arts, District Instructional Leader for Equity and Inclusion for Wilton Public Schools, Director of Equity and Inclusion for A Better Chance of Wilton, Western Region Liaison for Equity & Advocacy for CMEA. Formerly, he served as Resident Director of ABC Wilton Boys’ house. He has a B.A. in Music and a M.S in Education from the University of Bridgeport, and is in his 6th Year of Educational Administration at the University of Connecticut.
Michael shared the following: “I am excited about working with colleagues towards helping students, particularly students from historically marginalized groups, develop enhanced social-emotional learning skills, specifically with regard to their self-esteem, self-awareness, emotional resilience, social awareness, and conflict resolution skills. Prior to pursuing a career in music education, I studied to be an electrical engineer. After a summer internship at a renowned company, I realized I wanted a career I would enjoy. I combined my talent for music with my passion for mentoring young people and began my journey of becoming a music educator. My philosophy: Conversations lead to collaboration, collaboration influences our understanding, understanding fosters trust, trust evokes compassion, compassion inspires inclusion, inclusion cultivates empathy, empathy engenders equity.”
Success in any endeavor requires CARE (conversations, access, responsibility, evaluation). Success begins with conversations—exchanging ideas and experiences; sharing knowledge, skills, insights, and feelings; and acknowledging how valuable and precious participants are. Success thrives when everyone can access and apply available resources. Manifesting success requires all affected parties to work toward fulfilling their respective responsibilities. And finally, the efficacy and implementation of each strategy, practice, procedure, and protocol must be evaluated.