The John H. Niemeyer Series

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  • April 23, 2014 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Bank Street College of Education

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Universal Pre-K in New York City

Quality & Equity in the Face of Rapid Expansion

New York City is in the midst of an aggressive push to provide quality Pre-Kindergarten services for every child. How will the city achieve this mission in a way that truly benefits children and families at every socioeconomic level?

That question was at the center of the 2014 Niemeyer Series at Bank Street College of Education. Moderated by renowned early childhood expert Samuel J. Meisels, Ed.D., the panel featured perspectives from educators and policy leaders who are deeply invested in the success of a city-wide pre-K rollout.


Richard Buery
Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, City of New York

Regina Gallagher
Head of Early Childhood Programs
Goddard Riverside Community Center
2008 Alum of Bank Street Graduate School of Education 

Josh Wallack
Chief Strategy Officer, New York City Department of Education


Dr. Samuel MeiselsSamuel J. Meisels, Ed.D.

Dr. Meisels is the founding executive director of the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska, one of the nation’s leading centers for early childhood research and teacher education. His research focuses on the development of alternative assessment strategies for young children; the impact of standardized tests on children; and developmental screening in early childhood.

Dr. Meisels previously served as president of the Erikson Institute in Chicago. He is research scientist emeritus at the University of Michigan, and was a faculty member in the Department of Child Study and director of the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University. A former preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade teacher, he also served as senior advisor in early childhood development for the Developmental Evaluation Clinic of Boston’s Children’s Hospital. He holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.