Graduate School Alumni (BSCAA)

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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-Suranskygreeted 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

Save The Date for the 2016 BSCAA Alumni Awards Ceremony & Tar Beach Reunion Party on May 5, 2016

Bank Street's annual event celebrating the accomplishments of alumni making an impact in the world of education and beyond.

View past award recipients.

Watch videos from the 2014 ceremony.