General Bankstreet News

From The President: January 2012

Posted by Elizabeth Dickey on January 11, 2012
President Elizabeth DickeyHello and welcome to Bank Street College 2012.

Bank Street has been a New York institution for almost 100 years (the Centennial is in 2016-17).  As we approach our second 100 years, I celebrate the hard work and dedication of the faculty, staff, and trustees of the College.

In the last year we have taken some structural steps to focus our mission. We continue to serve children and families through Children’s Programs (including the School for Children, the Family Center and Summer Camp). Further, through the Graduate School of Education we serve adults preparing to teach and/or lead in schools and a range of other not-for-profit settings including museums and hospitals. Lastly, in the newly established Office of the Dean of the College we are working to strengthen Bank Street’s influence as a hub of research and related policy work all tied to the education of children and the preparation of teachers and teacher/leaders.

As we begin this new year, we continue to refine our new website in order to better inform the public about life at Bank Street. But the website is just one of many ways to explore all the Bank Street has to offer. One of the best ways to learn about us is to visit our main building in New York City (112th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive). Touring the School for Children is an extraordinary way to see our values at work, and can be arranged by contacting Ronnie Sampson at

Our Library—which houses one of the largest circulating collections of children’s literature in the city—is open to New York City public school teachers, visiting researchers, and those seeking advice from our expert library staff (call 212-875-4455 to arrange a visit). The Library houses an extensive collection of curriculum materials with a strong focus on early childhood, elementary, and special education. It also houses the College Archives, which contains institutional records as well as historical materials documenting the College’s early role in the progressive education movement.

The belief systems and values of Bank Street have deep roots in American intellectual and social history. Our founder, Lucy Sprague Mitchell, believed that all children deserve a quality education—one that accounts for differences in child development and creates space for expansive exploration and discovery. She was not just thinking about the future of our democracy, but about preparing all of us to lead constructive and productive lives. For her, and for all of us at Bank Street, a good education goes hand in hand with a good teacher. We are committed to ensuring this connection.


Elizabeth D. Dickey

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