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Participants from EdPrepLab's virtual convening

EdPrepLab Convening Explores Support Teachers Need to Enact Equity-Focused, Deeper Learning Practices

As the nation continues to emerge from the trauma of the pandemic, students, educators, and learning communities need support now more than ever. This June,  Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab), an initiative led by Bank Street Graduate School of Education and Learning Policy Institute to harness the collective strengths of exemplary preparation programs from across the […]

Early Childhood Policy Fellowship

Early Childhood Policy Fellowship Launches to Help Support System Transformation

The early childhood field received significant attention throughout the pandemic, generating an important opportunity for long-overdue systemic change. As leaders grapple with workforce shortages, funding disparities, system-wide inequity, COVID-19 recovery efforts, and more, their need for support is greater than ever. Earlier this year, Bank Street’s Learning Starts At Birth initiative received funding to launch […]

CCRE Collective Virtual Workshop

CCRE Collective Helps Leaders Build Capacity for Equitable Systems Change

Events throughout the 2020-21 school year brought increased awareness around systemic racism and a deeper understanding among educators of the need to build inclusive, anti-racist environments where children, families, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds can thrive. To help support equitable systems change across the education landscape, the Center on Culture, Race & Equity (CCRE) […]

Catherine Main, Director of Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, Chicago

Learning Starts At Birth and The Hunt Institute Co-Host Webinar Series on Strengthening Investments in the Early Childhood Workforce

On June 8, Learning Starts At Birth at Bank Street College, in collaboration with The Hunt Institute, hosted a webinar titled “Career Pathways: Strengthening the Expertise of the Early Childhood Workforce” to explore the role of professional learning programs in advancing the early education field. The webinar was the first session in a three-part series […]

Bank Street's Karen DeMoss and U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Shares Vision for the Teacher Workforce 

On Thursday, June 9, the Bank Street Education Center’s Prepared To Teach initiative welcomed U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for a discussion on recruiting, supporting, and retaining high-quality teachers across the country. During the event, Secretary Cardona shared his vision for how the Department of Education, as well as states, districts, and higher education institutions, […]

Bank Street Hosts Its First-Ever Alumni Weekend

Bank Street College of Education hosted its first annual Alumni Weekend on June 3-4, 2022, drawing many alumni from the Bank Street Graduate School of Education, School for Children, and Liberty LEADS back to campus. During the two-day event, alumni reconnected with old friends, expanded their professional networks, honored outstanding alumni with awards, and learned […]

BSCAA Alumni Award Winner 2022

Distinguished Graduates Honored at Annual BSCAA Awards Ceremony

On Friday, June 3, the Bank Street College Alumni Association (BSCAA) hosted a ceremony for its annual Alumni Awards, a tradition that recognizes outstanding alumni for their contributions and dedication to the field of education. Five awardees were honored at the ceremony, which brought together the winners, their families and friends, Bank Street alumni, faculty, […]

Opening slide on Building Bridges project

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. […]

David Banks

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 […]

Two young children speaking on camera

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 […]

Irma Black Award seal

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 […]

Bank Street Children's Book Committee members on Zoom

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 […]

Shael Polakow-Suransky

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 […]