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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 […]

Jed Lippard with children in the Bank Street School for Children lobby

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

With a bit more than a year under my belt as Dean of Children’s Programs and Head of the School for Children, I can honestly say that I am more excited, more inspired, and more impressed by what transpires each day in our school than when I first arrived. Our faculty and students alike operate […]


School for Children Teachers Lead Mindfulness Workshop for Bank Street Staff

The practice of mindfulness has surged in popularity over the last few years as a set of tools to help people become more aware, alert, and awake to the present moment. Proven to yield a number of mental, physical, and emotional benefits, research has shown that the regular practice of mindfulness can lead to improved […]

Jed Lippard

December Reflections

One of my favorite authors, Mark Twain, once professed, “Make your vocation your vacation.” While my first fall at Bank Street has been anything but a honeymoon, I can honestly say that I feel blessed to pursue my work and to hone my craft in an environment filled with such profound learning, laughter, and love. […]

Jed Lippard


On the eve of my first Thanksgiving in New York and as Dean of Children’s Programs, I find myself full—both of gratitude and of the gravity of our work. What I sensed as a candidate last year has been borne out in my real experiences and observations of our school; Bank Street is a special […]

12/13s learn op-ed illustration

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

David Suter, a 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, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, […]

Jed Lippard

Fall Reflections

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the onset of fall.  I, for one, am grateful for the crisper air and the less pungent odors of the street that this season brings.  I also hope that you and your children have settled into the rhythm of the new school year with ease and fulfillment. […]

Jed Lippard

The 2016 Presidential Election

I hope that you found summer’s final unofficial weekend to be peaceful, joyful, and fulfilling. Faculty and staff had an energizing return to school last week, and we are all excited for the arrival of the children over the next several days. The reason for this letter is to remind you if you haven’t noticed […]