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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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Chancellor David C. Banks Discusses Vision for New York City Public Schools

On April 6, Bank Street College of Education hosted a virtual conversation with David C. Banks, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, to discuss his vision for New York City public schools following his appointment to the role in early 2022. Moderated by Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE ’00, the discussion […]

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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 […]

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Bank Street Irma Black Award and Cook Prize Honor Outstanding Children’s Literature

In April, the Center for Children’s Literature at Bank Street College announced the winners and honorees of the annual Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Irma Black Award) and Cook Prize. This year, It Fell From the Sky by The Fan Brothers was awarded the gold medal for […]

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Children’s Book Committee Announces Annual Award Winners and ‘Best Books’ List

On April 17, the Children’s Book Committee (CBC) at Bank Street College of Education announced the recipients of its annual awards for outstanding works of children’s literature. The awards comprise the Josette Frank Award for fiction, the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for nonfiction, and the Claudia Lewis Award for poetry. This year’s honorees include Milo […]

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Bank Street College Announces Contract Extension for President Shael Polakow-Suransky

The Board of Trustees at Bank Street College of Education has unanimously approved a five-year contract extension for President Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE, ’00. The new contract will begin in July 2022, at the start of his ninth year in the role. “The Board is pleased to extend President Polakow-Suransky’s contract as leader of Bank Street […]

Bank Street Graduate School of Education’s annual Teaching Kindergarten Conference: Where Did the Garden Go? hosted by Continuing Professional Studies

Teaching Kindergarten Conference Focuses on “Rediscovering the Joy and Purpose of Kindergarten”

On April 8 and 9, teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, and more gathered online for Bank Street Graduate School of Education’s annual Teaching Kindergarten Conference: Where Did the Garden Go? hosted by Continuing Professional Studies. The event celebrates the important role of kindergarten in the lives of young children and provides learning opportunities for educators to enrich their […]

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Bank Street Releases Occasional Paper Series #47

The new Bank Street Occasional Paper Series #47—“Disabled Lives and Pandemic Lives: Stories of Human Precarity”—launched today to highlight how the viewpoints and life experiences of people living with disabilities can provide insight and strength for all of us living through a pandemic. In the Q&A below, Carol Rogers-Shaw, Adjunct Professor, University of Dayton, and author of […]

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Community Celebrates Second Annual Bank Street Giving Day

On Friday, March 11, Bank Street celebrated its second annual Bank Street Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising event that allowed the College community to come together to further its commitment to children, families, and teachers. Spearheaded by Bank Street’s Development & Alumni Relations Office (DARO), the event raised a total of $78,141, surpassing its $55,000 […]

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Learning Starts At Birth Releases New Briefs on Transforming Early Care & Education

Research shows experiences that support long-term cognitive, social, and emotional development are crucial in children’s earliest years as infants and toddlers. In the coming months and years, potential investments in child care funded through the Build Back Better Act will present policymakers and school leaders with an important opportunity to sustainably improve program quality and […]

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Emotionally Responsive Schools Conference Explores Healing Classrooms Amid the Pandemic

On December 10, Bank Street Graduate School of Education hosted its annual Emotionally Responsive Schools Conference for early childhood, elementary, and other educators to deepen their understanding of child development and social and emotional learning. This year’s virtual conference explored the theme of rebuilding learning environments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as students and […]

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2021 Language Series Explores Literacy and Language as Expressions of Justice

On Saturday, October 23, Bank Street Graduate School of Education hosted the Language Series conference online, an annual event to help educators strengthen their practice with developmentally appropriate language learning tools, techniques, and ideas. This year’s topic, “Language Teaching and the Arts,” opened up a powerful discussion about using language in ways that can disrupt […]