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Bank Street Participates in Newly Released Study on Cultural Responsiveness

The Migration Policy Institute, a think tank based in Washington, DC, recently published a report based on work by Bank Street’s former National Center on Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness (NCCLR). The study, called “Providing a Head Start: Improving Access to Early Childhood Education for Refugees,” examined the language and cultural barriers that can limit refugee families’ access […]

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School for Children Students Attend Annual Young Men of Color Symposium

On Saturday, March 12, 250 or so boys of color, grades 6-12, and their chaperones convened at Ethical Culture Fieldston School’s Riverdale campus for the 3rd annual Young Men of Color Symposium. This year’s theme was “I Am Present: Using My Voice for Action,” a tie in with the novel All American Boys, whose co-authors Jason […]

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A Closer Look at the Sustainable Funding Project

As Jon Snyder recently wrote in his Education Week piece about Bank Street College graduates, “There is no question but that supporting each and every one of our children into and through deeper learning requires expert teaching.” People at Bank Street College couldn’t agree more, as evidenced by a century of expertise in and commitment […]

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Graduate School Set to Expand with the Launch of Two New Programs

This September, the Graduate School of Education will launch two new master’s degree programs in areas with the deepest need: Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Expanding on the breadth of the school’s existing curriculum, resources, and faculty expertise, both programs will help increase Bank Street’s ability to attract […]

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 […]

Emily Stein, Auction Co-Chair and SFC Parent, with Alexis Wright, Dean of Children's Programs, and Shael Polakow-Suransky, President of Bank Street College of Education

Annual Fundraiser Benefits School for Children and Family Center

On Thursday, March 3rd, 250 members of the Bank Street community gathered in Lincoln Center for the annual School for Children and Family Center Auction & Benefit titled “Starry, Starry Night: Celebrating 100 Years of Bank Street.” With sweeping views of the city’s night skyline as a backdrop, parents, faculty, staff, alumni, and trustees gathered […]

Anna Lefer Kuhn, Anna Daddazio, Nikolas Fredriksen, Liam Daly, Jodie Patterson, Annie Coombs, and Evan Jenkins

SFC Alumni Detail Their Journeys at Bank Street and Beyond in Panel Discussion

On Tuesday, February 9, seven School for Children alumni participated in the “Story Bank: A Conversation with SFC Alumni” panel discussion in which they shared first-person perspectives about their experiences at and beyond Bank Street. Upper School Coordinator Javaid Khan, SFC ’88, moderated the conversation, which featured Anna Daddazio, SFC ’12; Nikolas Fredriksen, SFC ’12; Liam Daly, SFC ’12; Annie Coombs, SFC […]

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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 […]

GSE Alumni Steve Evangelista, Jessica Dadigan, Elizabeth Gordon Rosenfeld, Davia Franklyn, and Medard Thomas.

Library Salon Gathers Alumni to Discuss Progressive Practice in the Field

On Friday, January 29, the Bank Street Library hosted the “Progressive Practice in the Field” Library Salon featuring a panel discussion with five accomplished Graduate School of Education alumni. The graduates, who practice in a range of settings, shared anecdotes from their journeys as educators and discussed the challenges and triumphs encountered while employing progressive […]

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Education Week Spotlights Research Study on Bank Street Teacher Preparation

As thought leaders continue to explore the most promising approaches to teacher preparation, we are pleased to share with you a post published in Education Week by Jon Snyder, Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and former Dean of Bank Street Graduate School of Education, titled “Teaching for a Changing World: The Graduates of Bank […]

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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, […]

Jed Lippard

Dean of Children’s Programs Named

The Dean of Children’s Programs Search Committee is delighted to announce that Jed Lippard will be our next Dean of Children’s Programs, starting July 2016. Jed is an accomplished and innovative educational leader with deep experience in progressive education. He has worked at two highly respected progressive schools over the last 21 years and maintained a consistent […]

Arthur Mattia with symposium attendee.

Weismann Symposium & Dinner Focuses on Creating Diverse Schools

On December 16, the Graduate School hosted a Weismann Symposium & Dinner titled “How New York City Principals are Creating More Diverse Schools.” The panel discussion, moderated by Rima Shore, addressed how leaders in progressive education can advocate for and support diversity in New York City public schools. Six principals from local elementary schools serving […]

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Educators Convene for Language Series 2015

In early November, the Graduate School hosted the 16th annual Language Series, a two-day conference designed to help educators explore the critical role that language plays in students’ social and academic success. This year’s conference, titled “Language and the Brain,” featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Mark Bertin, a pediatrician, and developmental and behavioral expert. His talk […]

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Bank Street Hosts Conference on ‘Safe and Sound Schools’

On December 7, Bank Street’s Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP) hosted over 175 educators at a conference titled “Our Community of Safe and Sound Schools.” The day featured workshops on coping with trauma in schools and building a deep understanding of the social and emotional foundations of children’s learning. It was the first in what will […]