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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 […]

Gregory David and Maria Richa at the 95th annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) conference in New Orleans.

SFC Teachers Present Integrated Biomes Curriculum at National Conference

In November, School for Children teachers Gregory David and Maria Richa presented an integrated social studies and art curriculum on biomes at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) in New Orleans. The presentation, titled “Making Experiences Concrete: Learning about Biomes while Making Dioramas,” focused on how teachers can use a blended curriculum to help students understand how […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bank Street Launches Early Childhood Policy Center

The Straus Center for Young Children and Families, a new research and policy center housed at Bank Street College of Education, will explore the core questions and concerns of educators and policymakers focused on improving the lives of young children and their families. To celebrate the Straus Center’s launch and to begin to chart a path ahead, […]

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Outstanding Alumni: Takiema Bunche Smith

In New York City, economic divides often hinder a child’s access to quality education. These divides can lead to achievement gaps, which begin in young children’s earliest school years. But FirstStepNYC, a pioneering partnership between the Department of Education and SCO Family of Services, is taking a step toward closing these gaps with the creation of the Early […]

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 […]

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Herbert P. Ginsburg Talks “Young Children’s Marvelous Mathematical Minds”

The late Barbara Biber was a central figure in shaping Bank Street since its inception as the Bureau of Educational Experiments—but her impact as a researcher and scholar rippled outward, affecting change in the wider educational community. To memorialize her progressive legacy and to mark the beginning of the academic year, Bank Street Graduate School hosts the Barbara Biber Convocation each […]

School for Children alumna Miri Navasky

Outstanding Alumni: Miri Navasky

A School for Children alum (’82), Miri Navasky has produced numerous groundbreaking documentaries with her co-producer Karen O’Connor for PBS FRONTLINE, the esteemed public affairs series. Many of her films have won awards including The Undertaking (2007) which won an Emmy Award for Best Arts and Cultural Documentary, The New Asylums (2005) won the Robert F. Kennedy Grand Prize Journalism Award and The Killer at Thurston High […]

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Toddler-Parent Playgroups Bring New Meaning to Early Intervention

Early intervention programs for children with disabilities are required under federal law. But the quality of these programs has dwindled in recent years as a result of funding cuts. In 2012, Bank Street lost its toddler-parent playgroups, which fostered two crucial components of early intervention—support for parents, and developmental growth and interaction for children. Recognizing […]

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Bank Street Supports 2nd Year of Pre-K for All

“Preparations have commenced for prekindergarten teachers to enter the second year of New York City’s Pre-K for All program, which aims to provide free, high-quality, full-day pre-K to every four-year-old across the five boroughs. This summer, Bank Street College of Education is providing professional development for the program in two areas essential to creating quality pre-K environments: Social […]