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12/13s Learn the Art of Op-Ed Illustration

Posted by Kate Marcus on November 16, 2016

David Suter, an multi-media artist renowned for his op-ed illustrations known as "Suterisms,” visited the 12/13s in November to introduce them to the power of editorial illustration. He shared examples from his prolific body of work, which has been published in major newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, ...



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Communications from the Dean

The First Few Days

Posted by Kate Marcus on July 18, 2016

Now that the calendar pages have turned to July, I am thrilled to be on board officially as the new Dean of Children’s Programs at Bank Street College of Education. Given the events of recent days, my entry has been a bit frenetic, but I am impressed and inspired by ...



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Conversation on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

Posted by Kate Marcus on December 11, 2015

At a recent discussion on gender identity and sexual orientation at Bank Street, our community moved forward in thinking about these issues, due to the dynamic, expert and thoughtful words of SFC parent Roz Lee (above left), Director of Social Justice Initiatives at Arcus Foundation; and Eliza Byard, SFC '82, Executive ...



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Bank Street School for Children Students & Faculty Talk About Race on WNYC

Posted by Kate Marcus on July 08, 2015

Naila Strong (center) during a discussion on what it means to be white with her seventh grade classmates at the Bank Street School (Richard Yeh/WNYC) Over the past several months, WNYC has produced a series of audio and video segments about what it's like to be a 12 year old, ...

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8/9s Perform at Carnegie Hall

Posted by Kate Marcus on June 01, 2015

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? According to the 8/9s, practice, practice, practice. This year, the 8/9s took part in the Link Up: The Orchestra Moves, a music curriculum created by the Weill Music Institute of Carnegie Hall. After being selected from a pool of participating schools, they performed ...

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Kwame Alexander Named Dorothy A. Carter Writer-in-Residence

Posted by Kate Marcus on April 02, 2015

Kwame Alexander, the 2015 Newbery Medalist, is serving as the inaugural Dorothy A. Carter Writer-in-Residence. He will work with Bank Street School for Children fourth grade (9/10s) students for six weeks, timed for their spring curriculum on poetry (April to mid-May). Kwame Alexander has written poetry, picture books, and most ...



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Back to the Blocks

Posted by Kate Marcus on February 19, 2015

Since its founding in 2000, The Laura Adasko Lenzner Fund in Celebration of Children and Art, has sponsored annual outstanding artist residencies at Bank Street. Laura Adasko Lenzner was a passionate artist and a dedicated parent at the School for Children. Laura Adasko was born in Brooklyn and educated at the ...

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Community Walk for Peace, Promise and Justice

Posted by Kate Marcus on January 15, 2015

A few days after the start of school in January, The Bank Street School for Children community joined two neighboring schools on the Upper West Side, The Cathedral School and The School at Columbia, in a walk for peace, promise and justice. Students, parents, caregivers, relatives and friends, (500 of ...



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Music Teacher Betsy Blachly on WNYC Schoolbook

Posted by Kate Marcus on December 02, 2014

If you were tuned in to WNYC early this week, you may have heard Betsy Blachly, School for Children music teacher, explain how she reaches her young students through song in an interview and report about city efforts to expand music in the classrooms.  Why does a musical message touch kids more ...

tagged: early childhood, music, pre-k

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School for Children Alumni at Williams College Reflect

Posted by Kate Marcus on November 14, 2014

Graduates of the Bank Street School for Children go to high school, followed by college, steeped in the values of progressive education. Dovetailing with that comes a drive to be involved in the community.  When alumni who are in high school come back to Bank Street to give advice to ...

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Transition to High School: Tips from a Panel of Experts

Posted by Kate Marcus on November 05, 2014

School for Children alumni currently in ninth and tenth grades returned to Bank Street to speak to the 13/14s on their upcoming transition to high school. A lively discussion ensued with thoughtful advice given to the Class of 2015. Being the New Kid1. Everybody who comes into the school in ...

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Bank Street Kids Make a Splash at the New Bookstore Site

Posted by Kate Marcus on October 21, 2014

Only the corner will change. Depending on your pace, Broadway and W. 107th Street, the new site of the Bank Street Bookstore, is about a five-minute walk from school and the current site of the Bookstore on Broadway and W. 112th Street. School for Children art teacher Maria Richa worked ...

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Bryan Ireland '13: How to Restore a Floor

Posted by Kate Marcus on September 23, 2014

Bryan Ireland ’13 spent part of his summer leading volunteers to restore the floor of the Jan Hus Presbyterian Church and Neighborhood House, which houses the Homeless Outreach and Advocacy Program, on E. 74th Street in Manhattan. Bryan, a sophomore at Friends Seminary and Eagle Scout candidate with Troop 414, ...

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People's Climate Change March

Posted by Kate Marcus on September 22, 2014

Bank Street families, faculty, staff and alumni joined the People's Climate Change March on Sunday, September 21. The march, making history at the largest climate march to date, was a call to action on climate change while world leaders met at the United Nations. 

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Geo-education

Posted by Kate Marcus on May 08, 2014

Connecting students to the natural world both in the classroom and outside has been happening at Bank Street for years but now that connection has an official name: Geo-education. This spring, National Geographic launched the Geo-educator Community, an intiative aimed to prepare students for the world they will inherit. In ...



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A Winning Season!

Posted by Kate Marcus on March 14, 2014

The girls’ varsity basketball team ended their winning season with a thrilling game in early March. This was a particularly challenging season (weather-related schedule changes and injuries) but the team rallied and won 11 out of 12 games. The team displayed indomitable spirit and eagerness to hone their skills. Coach ...

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12/13s' Poetry at Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Posted by Kate Marcus on March 11, 2014

On Sunday, March 9, the 12/13s (seventh graders) performed their own poems at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on the Lower East Side. The afternoon's performance was the culmination of two months of work, beginning with writing and revising poems in the classroom and at home, and then progressing to collaboration ...

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8/9s in the Steps of César Chavez

Posted by Kate Marcus on March 05, 2014

Bearing posters proclaiming “Yes We Can” and “Sí Se Puede,” on March 4, the 8/9s (third graders) joined the Upper School assembly to recognize and celebrate the work of César Chavez. The 8/9s spent several weeks learning about César Chavez, Dolores Huerta, Fred Ross and The United Farm Workers. They ...



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Educating Boys

Posted by Kate Marcus on December 13, 2013

Journalist Peg Tyre has researched and written extensively about boys in magazine articles and in her book, “The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School and What Educators Must Do.” She recently spoke to parents and teachers at Bank Street School. Recognizing that ...



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Presenting at PEN Conference

Posted by Kate Marcus on October 29, 2013

Three faculty members from the School for Children and the librarian participated in the annual Progressive Education Network (PEN) Conference in Los Angeles October 10-12. Roberta Berman, Shop Teacher; 12/13s Head Teacher Nayantara Mhatre, and Anshu Wahi, Director of Diversity and Community with Allie Bruce, Librarian; prepared and taught workshops ...

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