DR. ERICK GORDON is an artist-educator who dreams big. He begins with the belief that learning must grow from a place of inspiration coupled with a desire to act in the world.
For over twenty years Gordon has dedicated his work to student literacy—as the director of the New York City Writing Project, as a full-time instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a social entrepreneur, founding numerous successful not-for-profit programs in education including Student Press Initiative, Literacy Unbound, and Writers on Stage. These programs put into action Gordon’s belief that supporting students to take inquiry public leads to enriched learning and classroom experiences.
Since its inception in 2002, Student Press Initiative has become one of the largest and most widely circulated curriculum-based student publication programs in the world, and one of Teachers College's signature professional development programs.
Additional highlights of Gordon’s adventures in education include, The Mockingbird Monologues, an annual readers' theater project he started in 1996 in which over 120 public school students perform original monologues from To Kill a Mockingbird in Off Broadway venues, the Rikers Island Oral History Project, a literacy project that adapts oral history methods to help incarcerated youth share stories and re-envision themselves and their lives, while building vital reading and writing skills, and the Muslim Youth Oral History Project, a groundbreaking program that provides Muslim students in New York City an opportunity to share personal stories that dispel cultural stereotypes and open new paths of understanding. Collaborating on 12 to 20 major productions annually, Gordon has been described as a “project building machine.”