Graduate School Alumni (BSCAA)

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Annual BSCAA Awards Ceremony Celebrates Distinguished Alumni in the Field

2016 award honorees (left-right) Lucy West, Laura Ensler, Wendy Pollock, Gary Crow, and Jonathan Silin.

On Thursday, May 5th, Bank Street faculty, staff, alumni, and friends gathered for the Centennial Bank Street College Alumni Association (BSCAA) Awards Ceremony, which recognized six exceptional Graduate School alumni for their outstanding contributions to the field of education. Read more... 

The 2016 Alumni Award Honorees are Gary CrowLaura EnslerMaritza MacdonaldDr. Wendy PollockJonathan Silin, and Lucy West.

Alumni Film Event Examines the Importance of Early Childhood Education for At-Risk Children

On Thursday, March 24th, the Bank Street College Alumni Association (BSCAA) hosted “Conversation and Film: Developmentally Grounded Practices in Urban Settings,” a Centennial event that gathered members of the Bank Street community and beyond to explore the importance of quality early childhood education for children in underserved communities. Read more...

Library Salon Gathers Alumni to Discuss Progressive Practice in the Field

Library Salon #5GSE Alumni Steve Evangelista, Jessica Dadigan, Elizabeth Gordon Rosenfeld, Davia Franklyn, and Medard Thomas.

On Friday, January 29, the Bank Street Library hosted the “Progressive Practice in the Field” Library Salon featuring a panel discussion with five accomplished Graduate School of Education alumni. The graduates, who practice in a range of settings, shared anecdotes from their journeys as educators and discussed the challenges and triumphs encountered while employing progressive values in their respective fields. Read more...

Bank Street Hosts Book Launch for ‘Teaching Kindergarten’

Teaching Kindergarten AuthorsBetsy Grob, Fretta Reitzes, and Julie Diamond with their book Teaching Kindergarten.

On December 1, President Shael Polakow-Suransky and Graduate School Dean Cecelia Traugh joined more than a hundred alumni, faculty, and friends to celebrate the launch of the new book Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century.

Published by Teacher’s College Press, the book was edited by Bank Street alumni Julie Diamond ‘73, Betsy Grob ’72 and ’98, and Fretta Reitzes ’69 and includes chapters written by progressive practitioners Hollee Freeman ’94, Margaret Blachly ’05, Rebecca Burdett ’99, and Andrea Fonseca ’03.

Alumni at NAEYC

President Shael Polakow-Suransky and Madeline O'Dea at the NAEYC Annual Conference

On November 19th, thirty alumni and friends gathered at a reception at the NAEYC Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida. President Shael Polakow-Suransky greeted the group with an update on Bank Street’s newest early childhood initiatives, including the Straus Center for Young Children and Families and the College’s ongoing Pre-K for All partnership with the New York City Department of Education. The President also highlighted the Early Childhood Urban Education Initiative, currently making Bank Street master’s programs more accessible for teachers working in Bronx pre-K settings.

Alumni enjoyed making new connections and greeting old friends. A group of Early Childhood Leadership alumni from the 1980s even brought photographs from their graduate school days!

Connecticut Alumni Form a New Affinity Group

Gathering in Connecticut On September 19th, alumni gathered in New Haven, Connecticut to network and share experiences as a group of progressive educators. Thank you to alum Meg Formica '92 for organizing this meeting.

If you are interested in forming a Bank Street alumni group in your local area, please contact Linda Reing at for assistance.

BSCAA Alumni Officers