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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 […]

Dean Jed Lippard with students

Welcome Back to School!

In other years and other under different circumstances, I can imagine my Back-to-School letter beginning with sentiments along the lines of “As I prepare to transition from the serenity of summer to the hustle and bustle of the new school year” or “Greetings from the relatively tranquil environs of 610 West 112th Street,” but alas […]

Jed Lippard

Update for the Community from the Dean of Children’s Programs

Dear Bank Street Faculty and Families, As you may know, this week the New York Post published another disturbing article about our school and Anshu Wahi’s leadership. The Bank Street College of Education and its School for Children stand firmly behind the courageous leadership that Anshu demonstrated throughout her four years as Director of Diversity […]

Jed Lippard

The First Few Days

Now that the calendar pages have turned to July, I am thrilled to be on board officially as the new Dean of Children’s Programs at Bank Street College of Education. Given the events of recent days, my entry has been a bit frenetic, but I am impressed and inspired by the resolve of this extraordinary […]

Carla Scheele and Alexis Wright

SFC Alumni Reunion Celebrates Banks Street’s 100th Birthday and Honors Dean Alexis Wright

On June 17, close to 100 alumni, students, and faculty gathered at Bank Street for the 2016 School for Children Alumni Reunion. The event provided guests with an opportunity to reconnect with each other and mingle while celebrating the College’s 100th birthday and bidding farewell to Dean Alexis Wright. In his remarks, President Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE ’00, […]

Adam-Gidwitz visits School for Children

Adam Gidwitz visits the School for Children as the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence

From April 6 – 14, Adam Gidwitz, Bank Street alumnus and bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm and other children’s novels, worked intensively with 9s/10s students in the School for Children on their novel writing as part of Bank Street’s Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program. Throughout the two-week period, Adam guided students in writing, sketching, and […]