2020 Post-Election Civility: A Virtual Panel for Talking to Children about the November 3 Election

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
5:30 PM EDT - 7:00 PM EDT


Event Title:
2020 Post-Election Civility: A Virtual Panel for Talking to Children about the November 3 Election

The Bank Street Alumni Relations Office is hosting a virtual panel on how to prepare educators for the 2020 election results. The event will consist of a moderator and a panel of experts who will provide guidance and resources for our alumni on how to prepare and support students post-election.


  • Ali Mckersie, GSE ’98, Humanities Teacher, Bank Street School for Children
  • Davia Brown Franklyn, GSE ’97, Senior Director of Partnerships, Bank Street Education Center
  • Erica Davis, GSE ’11, Bank Street College Alumni Association (BSCAA) President, Principal of PS 261
  • Jacqueline Allen-Joseph, GSE ‘95, Equity Practitioner Consultant


  • Soyoung Park, Fieldwork Advisor & Course Instructor, Bank Street Graduate School

Read more about our panelists below.


Sari Stifelman

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About the Panelists

Erica Davis

Erica DavisErica Davis first became involved with Bank Street when she participated in action research with the technology program Project ConText and with Saturday Math seminars. Across her over 20 years as an educator in the New York City public schools, she has worn many hats. While in PS 191 in Brooklyn and PS 234 in Manhattan, she taught a range of both lower and upper grades and served as a school-based instructional coach with a focus on math, social studies, and social-emotional learning (SEL) learning. After graduating from Bank Street, she went on to serve as an assistant principal at PS 234 and as a centrally-based administrator at the Brooklyn North Field Support Center, supporting the instructional needs of schools across Brooklyn. She is currently the Principal of PS 261 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. An important part of her work has always been around deepening the social-emotional learning of children and striving to ensure that all children feel seen by their teachers, their community, and the curriculum. She is the current BSCAA President and has served on the BSCAA board as a secretary since 2017.

Davia Brown Franklyn

Davia Brown FranklynDavia Brown Franklyn, MSEd, is the Senior Director of Partnerships for the Bank Street Education Center. In her role, she supports district-wide initiatives in examining their vision and change management structures to offer intentional professional development to improve instructional practices in early childhood settings. Franklyn’s 25-year career has centered on the critical work of building quality learning environments in under-resourced communities and coordinating professional development programs for teachers, community-based organization leaders, and community college faculty.

Ali McKersie

Ali McKersieAli McKersie is a teacher and lifelong learner whose commitment to progressive education has grown exponentially over the years. She began teaching at the Bank Street School for Children in September of 1998 after earning an MS in early adolescent education from Bank Street College in June of that same year. Over the course of her tenure at the College, in addition to classroom teaching, she has been lucky to wear many hats, serving as a union representative, a staff associate trustee, and an editorial board member of Occasional Paper Series. Ali has led teacher training at the Rato Bangala School in Nepal and curriculum development with the Center for Creative Education in Ulster County. She is currently developing a correspondence project in which students from a broad network of middle schools are coming together to engage in civic discourse around topics of personal and national importance. An avid gardener, she is co-owner of the Marbletown Multi-Arts Center in Stone Ridge, New York. Ali holds a certificate in leadership from NYSAIS Emerging Leaders Institute and a BS from Cornell University. 

Jacqueline Allen-Joseph

Jackie Allen JosephJackie Allen Joseph, GSE ‘95, is a product of New York City public education. She holds a Master of Science from Bank Street College of Education and a Bachelor of Arts – Fine Arts Dance from The City College of New York.  She brings over 30 years of experience in instruction, curriculum design, teacher mentorship, and responsive classroom. During her principalship at PS 261, she became a member of the New York State Integration Plan. She piloted district-wide diversity, equity, anti-bias workshops, and seminars that have led to shifts in policy, practice, and curriculum. She instituted the first equity improvement plan to establish PS 261 as an incubator school for equity and a model for district 15 progress. The initiative was in partnership with the New York City Department of Education and the Office of Equity and Access and involved root cause analysis in the relation to the disparity of Black and Brown students in the New York City public school system. She is passionate about writing, the arts, and social justice. 

Soyoung Park (Moderator)

Dr. Soyoung ParkDr. Soyoung Park is a member of the faculty at the Bank Street Graduate School of Education in Early Childhood Special and General Education. She received her doctorate in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education from Stanford University. Prior to joining the faculty at Bank Street, Dr. Park worked as a teacher educator in the Stanford Teacher Education Program and the University of Texas at Austin Department of Special Education. Dr. Park began her career in early childhood as a kindergarten special and general education teacher. Her work as a classroom teacher, interventionist, researcher, writer, and teacher educator focuses on social justice for young immigrant children with disabilities and their families. She is passionate about transforming early childhood for multilingual learners with disabilities to be more child-centered, universally designed, and culturally sustaining.