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New Publication Outlines Effective Coaching Practices in Early Childhood Settings

Research shows that people learn best in the context of nurturing relationships. For adults, coaching under a mentor or teacher leader is a powerful, collaborative method for learning that supports educators in refining their practice and creating meaningful learning experiences for all students. To help coaches strengthen their work with teachers of young children in […]

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Early Childhood Policy Fellowship Welcomes Inaugural Cohort This Fall

This fall, Bank Street’s Learning Starts At Birth initiative will welcome its first cohort of fellows for the Early Childhood Policy Fellowship. This new professional learning opportunity was designed to support mid-career early childhood policy and system leaders in navigating real-world challenges and problems of practice and was born out of a greater mission to […]

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New Report Norms Definition of Teacher Residencies for Educator Preparation Landscape

Research shows that yearlong teacher residencies are helping to shift the teacher education landscape by supporting the recruitment, preparation, and retention of a robust and diverse teaching workforce. To help create a shared understanding of high-quality teacher residencies and advance the role of residencies in educator preparation, Prepared To Teach at Bank Street College partnered […]

Early Childhood Policy Fellowship

Early Childhood Policy Fellowship Launches to Help Support System Transformation

The early childhood field received significant attention throughout the pandemic, generating an important opportunity for long-overdue systemic change. As leaders grapple with workforce shortages, funding disparities, system-wide inequity, COVID-19 recovery efforts, and more, their need for support is greater than ever. Earlier this year, Bank Street’s Learning Starts At Birth initiative received funding to launch […]

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CCRE Collective Helps Leaders Build Capacity for Equitable Systems Change

Events throughout the 2020-21 school year brought increased awareness around systemic racism and a deeper understanding among educators of the need to build inclusive, anti-racist environments where children, families, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can thrive. To help support equitable systems change across the education landscape, the Center on Culture, Race & Equity (CCRE) […]

Catherine Main, Director of Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, Chicago

Learning Starts At Birth and The Hunt Institute Co-Host Webinar Series on Strengthening Investments in the Early Childhood Workforce

On June 8, Learning Starts At Birth at Bank Street College, in collaboration with The Hunt Institute, hosted a webinar titled “Career Pathways: Strengthening the Expertise of the Early Childhood Workforce” to explore the role of professional learning programs in advancing the early education field. The webinar was the first session in a three-part series […]

Bank Street's Karen DeMoss and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Shares Vision for the Teacher Workforce 

On Thursday, June 9, the Bank Street Education Center’s Prepared To Teach initiative welcomed U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for a discussion on recruiting, supporting, and retaining high-quality teachers across the country. During the event, Secretary Cardona shared his vision for how the Department of Education, as well as states, districts, and higher education institutions, […]

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Learning Starts At Birth Releases New Briefs on Transforming Early Care & Education

Research shows experiences that support long-term cognitive, social, and emotional development are crucial in children’s earliest years as infants and toddlers. In the coming months and years, potential investments in child care funded through the Build Back Better Act will present policymakers and school leaders with an important opportunity to sustainably improve program quality and […]

Melissa Tooley, Eric Duncan, Alexandra Manuel, Ryan Saunders, and Marla Ucelli-Kashyap at panel discussion “Policies to Support Scaling of Innovative, Impactful Teacher Preparation Approaches"

Prepared To Teach and New America Explore Transforming Teacher Preparation

On July 27, Prepared To Teach at Bank Street College and nonpartisan think tank New America co-hosted a public webinar titled “Transforming Teacher Preparation to Best Serve Students.” The online event convened leading experts in the field of education to explore why and how we can make equitable, high-quality teacher preparation sustainable and the next […]

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New Prepared To Teach Report Explores Policy Opportunities for Funded Teacher Residencies

Aspiring educators are best prepared through yearlong teacher residencies, and they need financial supports during their time as residents. Partly through efforts of Bank Street College of Education’s Prepared To Teach initiative, the field has begun to embrace shifts that support a more uniform, sustainable, and equitable approach to teacher preparation across the country. Developing […]

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New Publication Outlines Recommendations for Implementing Early Educator Apprenticeships

The first three years of life play a foundational role in healthy brain development and future success in school and in life. The Early Educator Apprenticeship Act, which was introduced in Congress in the spring of 2021, presents an important opportunity for our country to support development during these critical years by rebuilding the early […]

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Prepared To Teach Releases Reports on Transforming the Teacher Preparation Field

All aspiring educators should be well-prepared to lead in today’s classrooms on day one. Teacher preparation experiences that include sustainably funded, high-quality teacher residencies not only better support the education of teacher candidates but can ultimately help to diversify the workforce and improve our nation’s education system. This spring, Prepared To Teach at Bank Street […]

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Bank Street Hosts Third Annual Black Lives Matter at School Week Early Childhood Symposium

As educators and caregivers, we have the power to create learning environments that inspire joy and curiosity and foster affirming, loving spaces for all young children. To explore the early educational experiences of Black children and deepen our understanding of how to create meaningful learning experiences for all children, the Center on Culture, Race & […]

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Bank Street Awarded New Grant to Support Math Achievement of Students in Brooklyn, NY

On September 30, Bank Street College was awarded a $4.67M Networks for School Improvement grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will allow the Bank Street Education Center to partner with teachers and leaders in New York City Department of Education District 17 and 18 in Brooklyn, New York, to help strengthen […]

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Prepared To Teach Receives New Grant

This September, Prepared To Teach received a two-year grant to apply and expand on the lessons learned during a previous 2018-20 grant term, which focused on documenting how teacher education institutions are working to redesign their preparation programs in partnership with districts to identify sustainable funding streams for paid teacher residencies. Funding from Margaret A. […]