Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Graduate School of Education Dispositions

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Summary of Dispositions


  • Respects cultural diversity and individual differences as strengths.
  • Holds the belief that all individuals can learn, regardless of exceptionalities, background, or circumstance.
  • Is committed to the education of individuals in complex urban and richly diverse communities.


  • Is committed to integrating theory, research and evidence in guiding practice.
  • Believes in life-long learning and professional education as integral to continuing development of expertise.


  • Values a community’s nuances and its cultural mores.
  • Is committed to communication, through a variety of venues, with all members of school/educational community.


  • Values reflection in scholarly learning and professional practice.
  • Is committed to improving practice through personal and collaborative reflection.


  • Values the variety of technological resources for enhancing an individual’s learning.
  • Views growth in technological expertise as integral to professional practice.

Social Justice

  • Is committed to dismantling all forms of inequity/injustice, including discriminatory practices and everyday microaggressions, which violate the dignity and oppress the freedoms of people locally, nationally and globally.
  • Believes in the Ignatian mission of “cura personalis” – deep respect for the individual and his/her potential.


  • Is committed to professional standards of integrity, ethics, and responsibility.
  • Values professionalism in dress, language, and behavior.

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