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Brooklyn Public Library Downsizing

Posted by Marion Palm '95 on Saturday, Jun 20, 2015

a Bank Street alumna’s call to action Are fellow educators aware that our Brooklyn Public Library is "downsizing" existing libraries to fit inside of housing intended for high rise condos and "affordable housing"? Where are the people supposed to go when their library is demolished? Just sending people to a ...

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Caring in Cameroon

Posted by Deborah Vilas on Monday, Jun 8, 2015

When we observe anything in this world, our perspective is tightly interconnected with our cultural context. As we grow from the egocentrism of childhood to a more expansive view as adults, we may see that not everyone comes from our circumstances, shares our belief system or our way of doing ...

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Protecting Kids From Sexual Abuse

Posted by Shani Thorton '07 on Monday, Jun 8, 2015

There has been a lot of discussion regarding child sexual abuse lately and the topic should continue. A recent blog post, “Why We Don’t Keep Secrets in Our House (Child Abuse Prevention)” on Denver Metro Mom’s Blog went viral and for a great reason. We need to face this unimaginable issue head ...

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Word Gap, Play Gap

Posted by Steve Evangelista '01 on Wednesday, Feb 25, 2015

Steve Evangelista A recent report, Little to Gain and Much to Lose, calls for a moratorium on kindergarten Common Core reading standards. The report argues that the “many children are not developmentally ready to read in kindergarten.” Therefore, expectations for reading in kindergarten should not be forced on children, who ...

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Alumna’s Experience as a UPK Facilitator

Posted by Lorraine Yamin '95 on Monday, Sep 15, 2014

Late last spring, deputies from the New York City Department of Education asked early childhood professors at Bank Street College to create a Universal Preschool (UPK) institute, in order to provide professional development for the nearly 2,000 teachers hired to fulfill Mayor de Blasio’s UPK promise. By early June, Getting ...

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Reflections on Pre-K Training Initiative

Posted by Jim Clay '88 on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

in Partnership with the NYCDOE Well, we did it! Twenty facilitators, including myself, have just come off of the high of three full days of training at the Getting Ready of Pre-K: An Institute for Educators at Queens College – August 19-21. What an opportunity to be a part of ...

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Alumni News

Posted by BSCAA on Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Personal Childcare Assistant Job (Housing Included) New York – Couple seeks highly intelligent, amiable, responsible individual to provide child care and educational enrichment for three wonderful school-aged children.  Excellent compensation including health insurance, paid vacation, private room and bath in separate apartment in luxury building.  This is a year-round position.  ...

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Getting Ready for Pre-K

Posted by Elizabeth McKenna '05 on Tuesday, Aug 5, 2014

This summer I am delighted to have been selected to participate in Getting Ready for Pre-K: An Institute for Educators, a groundbreaking opportunity for early childhood educators. The New York City Department of Education and Bank Street College are partnering in the rollout of a teacher-training program for educators involved ...

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Identity Narratives

Posted by Amelia Clune '11 on Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014

"It is the story that owns and directs us..." —Chinua Achebe. Blogger Amelia Clune '11 In order to promote engagement and engender achievement in the classroom, we as teachers must appreciate how "identity narratives" impact perceptions of societal roles. The great Nigerian novelist, and a professor of mine at Bard ...

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Yes, and… Embracing the Awkward— Part Two

Posted by Jane Nixon Willis '01 on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Some thoughts on what rigor in school actually means Part Two: Making choices, making mistakes In reality, school is infused with awkwardness at every turn. Growing bodies are awkward, teachers are awkward, technology does weird things; the day is packed with socially confusing situations. Everybody did the math wrong today ...

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Yes, and… Embracing the Awkward—

Posted by Jane Nixon Willis '01 on Monday, Apr 21, 2014

Some thoughts on what rigor in school actually means: Part One: What is yes, and...? Improvisation is an edgy, spontaneous art form - and completely unscripted. This means that you don't know what will happen next, or what your co-players will do or come up with. Unscripted is the key ...

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Staying Strong in School: A Playbook for Parents

Posted by Jane Nixon Willis '01 on Monday, Mar 17, 2014

Writing to Reflect Real Life: Why the Personal Narrative is so Important to Students: Pre-K – 12th Grade As you grow up in this world you realize people really don't give a sh*t about what you feel or what you think. —David Coleman at NY State Department of Education presentation, ...

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Charter vs. Public: Misconceptions

Posted by Steve Evangelista '01 on Monday, Feb 10, 2014

I'm writing with Margaret Ryan on the eve of a forum about inequities in public education. We chose specifically to focus this panel discussion and roundtable on public school education, and not just charter school education, even though we have been running a charter school for the past nine years. ...

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Looking for alums

Posted by Anne Mitchell '88 on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014

Bank Street College began in 1916 as the Bureau of Educational Experiments located on Bank Street in Greenwich Village. The Bank Street Early Childhood (summer) Leadership program (aka in its early days "Day Care Administration") began in 1981 and will be 35 years old in 2016 — when Bank Street ...

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Alum Joan Goldstein examines community, adults, and children on TV

Posted by BSCAA on Tuesday, Dec 17, 2013

As a long time graduate of Bank Street College, (67) I am still practicing our beliefs through teaching at a Community College, and my Princeton TV30 shows called, "Back Story with Joan Goldstein." Here is the link to the newest show on "Storms and Survival" which looks at the role ...

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Alumni News from Washington DC

Posted by Jim Clay '88 on Monday, Nov 4, 2013

On Sunday, September 29, a group of DC-based Bank Street alums gathered at Concord Hill School in Chevy Chase, MD, where alum Denise Gershowitz is head of school. The occasion was a film screening and discussion of40 Years Later: Now Can We Talk? a documentary which tells the story of ...

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Leslie Bedford’s Alumni Award Acceptance May 17, 2013

Posted by BSCAA on Friday, Jun 7, 2013

On May 17, 2013, Bank street's Alumni Association presented Leslie Bedford, former Chair of Bank Street College of Education's Leadership in Museum Education Program, with an Ida Karp Award to honor her consistent and outstanding dedication to Bank Street College, its philosophy, and its long term goals. The following is ...

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Sara Stone Wins Distinguished Service Award

Posted by Linda Reing on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

By Sara Stone '04 Sara Stone'04 with BSCAA President Jesse Pugh. Our work together has been a motivation and an inspiration to continue the work Alli and I are doing. Bank Street has been a part of my life since I began my teaching career at Midtown West a public ...

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Alli Keil Distinguished Service Award Acceptance Speech

Posted by Linda Reing on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

By Allison Keil '04 Distinguished Service Award winner Allison Keil and BSCAA President Jesse Pugh. Firstly let me start by saying it is an absolute honor to be here tonight and to be introduced by Frank, a longtime mentor to me is an additional honor. Tonight feels like a night ...

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Clean Energy Opportunity for Alumni

Posted by BSCAA on Monday, May 6, 2013

Dear Fellow Bank Street Alum: A tremendous opportunity to raise funds for Bank Street’s Alumni Association (BSCAA), without writing a check, has come our way. A fellow alum has introduced us to a cutting edge energy company called, Viridian, which provides affordable green energy to customers. This initiative has the ...

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Social Skills and Technology in the Classroom

Posted by BSCAA on Monday, May 6, 2013

By Amelia Clune, 2011 I have been thinking recently about how new technologies are changing the way individuals socialize, particularly the parallels between the ways in which children enjoy interacting in the classroom and the way adolescents and adults are interacting “virtually”. A few nights ago I had dinner with ...

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Volunteer Tutoring Opportunity for Alumni

Posted by BSCAA on Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bank Street Graduate School Alumni: are you an excellent writer? Would you like to give back to Bank Street? Do you live within commuting distance of the college? The graduate school writing assistance program needs you! Bank Street Graduate School is seeking alumni who are excellent writers to serve as ...

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Survival Skills and Strategies for New Teachers

Posted by BSCAA on Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013

By Otis Kriegel, 2000 Bank Street graduate It was great to be back at Bank Street, speaking to recent alumni, current students and professors. I hope to return again soon. If you missed my workshop, How To Survive Your First Years of Teaching & Have a Life, here are two ...

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Medical Play

Posted by BSCAA on Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013

by Shani Thornton, ’07 Bank Street Child Life program graduate Reposted with permission from Child Life Mommy Medical play is a wonderful way for children to play with real and pretend medical tools. They can become comfortable with the materials, manipulate them and begin to play out a variety of scenarios. ...

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An Expert’s Selection of Best Holiday Book Gifts for Children and Young Adults

Posted by BSCAA on Thursday, Dec 20, 2012

By Lisa Von Drasek, former Children’s Librarian at Bank Street To my dear, dear Bank Street colleagues, As your Children’s Librarian, I was often asked for recommendations for titles to give as gifts. I am a big fan of giving books. It can be difficult to select a title for ...

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Posted by BSCAA on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012

The Alumni Blog is an interactive space where alumni can share ideas and experiences, discuss, debate, and connect. Visit often so you can read and comment on the views of our guest bloggers, all educators and leaders from the alumni community. Submit your own thoughts and opinions and we will ...

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Me and My Grandma

Posted by Helen Tinsley on Monday, Dec 3, 2012

Helen Tinsley is a 2001 graduate of Bank Street and author of Me and My Grandma – A story for children about AIDS. Copyright © 2012 by Helen Tinsley ——— Me and My Grandma is an intergenerational story about the effects of drugs and AIDS on one African-American family. The story ...

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Some of Our Past Bloggers

Posted by BSCAA on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011

Alisa Algava ‘08, leader of a small Hudson Valley progressive school Gloria Arenson ’58, psychotherapist Bill Ayers ‘84, UIC professor, Chicago Fred Baumgarten ‘84, writer/musician/naturalist/father Keith Berman '03, founder/president of Options for College and Bank Street’s LinkedIn moderator David Bowles ’08 (SFC ’93), museum educator at the Rubin Museum of ...

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