Doug Knecht is the founding Executive Director of the Bank Street Education Center. In this role, he leads large scale instructional improvement engagements with districts and other school management and support organizations, bringing Bank Street’s deep expertise in adult learning and child development to central offices, schools, and classrooms across the country.
Doug began his career as a high school science teacher in New Jersey after graduating from Princeton University. He then taught in New York City, where he helped to start Humanities Preparatory Academy, a progressive public transfer school. Later, Doug earned a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education and returned to the New York City Department of Education, serving in various school support and academic policy roles that culminated in an opportunity to lead 10 school networks, where he was responsible for the quality and effectiveness of supports to roughly 300 schools.
In addition, Doug also worked for four years in a San Francisco-based educational non-profit, teaching and providing guidance and scholarships to low-income middle school students and families. Presently, he enjoys living in Washington Heights with his wife and two sons.