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Bank Street Supporters Gather for Centennial Trustees’ Dinner

On May 9th, Bank Street supporters gathered at the American Museum of Natural History for the College’s Centennial Trustees’ Dinner, a celebratory evening dedicated to helping raise awareness and support of Bank Street’s many initiatives influencing positive change in the world of education. The event honored Vincent Mai, CEO and Chairman of the Cranemere Group […]

ank Street faculty members join Dr. Adele Diamond at the Tabas Auditorium

Bank Street Welcomes Renowned Neuroscientist Adele Diamond for Centennial Niemeyer Series

On Thursday, April 7th, esteemed neuroscientist Dr. Adele Diamond delivered a presentation at Bank Street titled “Executive Functions and the Brain,” as part of the College’s Centennial Niemeyer Series. Dr. Diamond came to Bank Street to help members of our community and beyond better understand the brain’s executive functions, their impact on education, and how […]

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, author of The War That Saved My Life, with Ekua Holmes and Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrator and author of Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Children’s Book Committee Presents Annual Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

On March 10th, the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee held its annual “Best Children’s Books of the Year” awards ceremony, which honored the recipients of three distinctive awards for outstanding children’s literature. The winners included: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights by Carole Boston Weatherford for the Flora Steiglitz Straus Award for […]

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Diversity Committee Hosts Talk on Microaggressions

On Monday, February 1, the Staff Council Diversity Committee coordinated an interactive discussion group on microaggressions and their implications on our everyday lives. Led by Graduate School Dean Cecelia Traugh, the event was designed as a first step in helping the Bank Street community “come to an understanding of microaggressions so we are all more aware […]

Shael Polakow-Suransky helps students with fish dissection

Teach Your Teachers Well

As policymakers, educators, and parents continue to rethink how we support and evaluate teachers in our nation’s public schools, President Shael Polakow-Suransky weighed in on the debate today with a New York Times op-ed titled “Teach Your Teachers Well.” In the editorial, President Polakow-Suransky reminds us that teachers are also learners. He advocates for public funding of high-quality teacher training, more time for teachers to collaborate, […]

Roz Lee and Eliza Byard

Conversation on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

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 Director of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight […]

Bank Street faculty members Sarah Willis, GSE '09; Marjorie Brickley, MSEd, IMHE® IV; and Gabriel Guyton, GSE '10, and Verner Center for Early Learning faculty members Laura Martin and Jacque Penick gather at the Zero to Three Conference in Seattle.

Bank Street Faculty Attend Zero to Three Conference

In early December, members of the Bank Street community attended the National Training Institute’s Zero to Three conference in Seattle, WA, to learn and share the latest information on the development and education of infants, toddlers, and families. At the conference, Graduate School of Education faculty members Marjorie Brickley and Gabriel Guyton joined Laura Martin of the Verner Center for Early […]

Chancellor Carmen Fariña with President Shael Polakow-Suransky at the Bank Street Book Store.

Chancellor Fariña Visits Bank Street Book Store

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña visited the Bank Street Book Store on December 2 as part of NYC Reads 365, an initiative by the Department of Education to encourage families to read together every day. Fariña met with grandparents from across the city—many of whom are primary caregivers—who came to discuss meaningful ways to […]

Bank Street Hosts Book Launch for ‘Teaching Kindergarten’ Posted by Bank Street on December 02, 2015 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. Betsy Grob, Fretta Reitzes, and Julie Diamond with their book Teaching Kindergarten.

Bank Street Hosts Book Launch for ‘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 […]

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Inaugural Symposium Explores How to Create the “Schools We Want”

On October 17, Bank Street commemorated the start of its centennial with an inaugural symposium titled, “The Schools We Want.” The day of exploration and conversation engaged 250 faculty, alumni, students, and visiting scholars in discussions and workshops reflecting on the enduring values that infuse our work. President Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE ’00, moderated the opening panel, […]

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Navigating a Data-Driven Landscape with CAEP

The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) holds a national conference every fall for its member institutions. This year Diane Newman, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Amy Kline, Accreditation Officer and Senior Administrator, and Gretchen Adams, Administrative Coordinator, represented Bank Street College with their session entitled, “Navigating a Data-Driven Landscape: Let Your Mission Be Your Guide.” With the presentation, they shared […]

Shael Polakow-Suransky at the podium

Inauguration Ceremony

On Friday, October 16, the Trustees of Bank Street College of Education hosted an estimated 700 attendees for the formal inauguration of Shael Polakow-Suransky as the College’s eighth president. The inauguration ceremony kicked off a weekend of activities at Bank Street—all open to the community—celebrating the College’s centennial, including a symposium examining how to create […]

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Bank Street Hosts Site Visits and Workshops at 2015 PEN Conference

The future of progressive education relies heavily on collaboration between teachers, administrators, and school personnel who believe strongly in the power of the practice. In order to facilitate the sharing of ideas, best practices, and experiences among these individuals, the Progressive Education Network hosts national conferences and supports regional gatherings for progressive educators. This year, the 2015 PEN […]

Teaching Play in the Czech Republic and Japan

Child Life faculty member Deb Vilas was invited to teach in the Czech Republic and Japan this summer. The invitations to teach abroad followed Deb’s appearance as a keynote speaker at the first Global Summit on Pediatric Psychosocial Care in May of 2014, hosted by the Child Life Council and sponsored by the Disney Corporation. Deb addressed […]

Welcome Back

Dear Colleagues, Families, Students, Alumni, and Trustees, I hope you had a relaxing summer. I am excited to welcome you back as we launch the 2015-16 school year. As many of you know, the coming year marks Bank Street’s 100th anniversary and we will have several opportunities to celebrate, commemorate, and learn together to mark […]