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Bank Street Hosts Its First-Ever Alumni Weekend

Bank Street College of Education hosted its first annual Alumni Weekend on June 3-4, 2022, drawing many alumni from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education, School for Children, and Liberty LEADS back to campus. During the two-day event, alumni reconnected with old friends, expanded their professional networks, honored outstanding alumni with awards, and learned […]

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Bank Street Educators Discuss Approaches to Supporting Meaningful Civic Learning and Engagement

On May 10, educators from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and School for Children presented a discussion titled “Sustained Civic Learning and Engagement: Building Bridges Through Perspective Taking and Geographic Inquiry” to share knowledge on how teachers can draw on students’ diverse life experiences to catalyze deep and sustained civic education and engagement. […]

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Bank Street Community Gathers Virtually for Bank Street Celebration Event

On Tuesday, April 26, 120 guests gathered for the Bank Street Celebration: The World As Our Classroom event, which recognized the College’s many contributions to the field of education and raised funds to support its vital work. Formerly the Annual Dinner, the Bank Street Celebration welcomed friends from the Bank Street community and beyond to […]

A 4/5s classroom in the School for Children virtual tour

School for Children Launches Virtual Tour

In October, Bank Street School for Children launched a new virtual tour for prospective families to explore the school interactively and experience how our classrooms, facilities, and other shared community spaces support children’s learning and development. In step with Bank Street’s health and safety policies around the pandemic, the virtual tour invites prospective families to […]

Carlos Hernandez

Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence Carlos Hernandez Visits the School for Children

In April, the Bank Street School for Children welcomed award-winning author Carlos Hernandez as this year’s Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. Hernandez, author of the science fiction novel Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and other children’s books, was selected for the program by the Bank Street Center for Children’s Literature. Throughout the two-week residency, Hernandez worked […]

Doug Knecht

Doug Knecht Named Dean of Children’s Programs

In December, Bank Street College announced Doug Knecht as the new Dean of Children’s Programs and Head of the School for Children, beginning January 2021. Knecht has served in this role on an interim basis since last July, leading the community through the COVID-19 pandemic and one of the most challenging moments in the school’s […]

Jerry Craft presents through Zoom for Bank Street's 2020 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence

School for Children Welcomes Jerry Craft as 2020 Writer-in-Residence

On April 6, Bank Street School for Children students tuned in from home for their first virtual session with award-winning children’s author and illustrator Jerry Craft. Craft, a New York Times bestselling author widely known for his groundbreaking graphic novel New Kid, was selected by the Center for Children’s Literature as Bank Street’s Dorothy Carter […]

The GIANT Room Founders Jessica Mezei and Azadeh Jamalian

School for Children Welcomes The GIANT Room to Support STEAM Integration

As part of the School for Children’s five-year strategic plan to strengthen science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) programming, Bank Street has partnered with educational innovator The GIANT Room to launch the 2019-20 Scholar-In-Residence Program, a new initiative to enhance and integrate STEAM throughout the School for Children curriculum and across all grades. Led […]

School for Children faculty during restorative training

School for Children Partners with International Institute for Restorative Practices for Two-Day Training

This June, the Bank Street School for Children (SFC) participated in a training on restorative practices, an approach that centers on building community through strengthening relationships between individuals and groups and repairing relationships after conflict and challenges have occurred. Led by the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), 45 faculty and staff members from the […]

Statue of Liberty mural at Bank Street

Bank Street Statement on US-Mexico Border Conditions for Children and Families

Bank Street College of Education is dedicated to advancing the human rights of every person, as defined under international law. Drawing on our collective knowledge of children and our 100-year history as their advocates, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the conditions in which children detained by the Departments of Homeland Security and Heath and Human […]

Author Emma Otheguy and the 9/10s Create Magic Together

This spring, the Bank Street School for Children welcomed children’s book author Emma Otheguy as its 2019 Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. Dorothy Carter was Bank Street College’s first African American faculty member and a noted children’s book author. The five year old Writer-in-Residence program is funded through an endowed chair created by the Center for Children’s […]

Lea Cook, artist-in-residence, works with the 11/12s

Lea Cook, Laura Adasko Lenzner Artist-in-Residence 2019

For nearly 20 years, the Laura Adasko Lenzner Fund in Celebration of Children and Art at Bank Street has supported an annual Artist-in-Residence program at Bank Street School for Children. Laura Adasko Lenzner was a passionate artist and School for Children parent who was educated at the Art Students League in Manhattan and Mills College […]

Students discuss their Indigenous Peoples' Day Proposal

School for Children Students Make Change with Declaration of “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” at Bank Street College

By Jed Lippard, Dean of Children’s Programs Once again this year, on the second Monday of October, Bank Street College was closed for business. For the first time in our history, however, all Bank Street calendars marked this holiday as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” rather than the federally recognized “Columbus Day.” While this change in nomenclature […]

Bank Street class skypes with a class in Madison, Virginia

American Civics: A Conversation Between Two Eighth Grade Classrooms

Just before winter break, an eighth grade class in the School for Children engaged in two very lively and substantive conversations, via Skype, with an eighth grade class in Madison, Virginia, a small, rural town on the edge of Shenandoah National Park. The question guiding this initiative was: How do we create conversations that bridge […]