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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 […]

Shael Polakow-Suransky helps students with fish dissection

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, […]

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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 […]

Catie Huennekens

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 […]

Roz Lee and Eliza Byard

Conversation on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

At a recent discussion on gender identity and sexual orientation at Bank Street, our community moved forward in thinking about these issues, due to the dynamic, expert and thoughtful words of SFC parent Roz Lee (above left), Director of Social Justice Initiatives at Arcus Foundation; and Eliza Byard, SFC ’82, Executive Director of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, & Straight […]

Bank Street faculty members Sarah Willis, GSE '09; Marjorie Brickley, MSEd, IMHE® IV; and Gabriel Guyton, GSE '10, and Verner Center for Early Learning faculty members Laura Martin and Jacque Penick gather at the Zero to Three Conference in Seattle.

Bank Street Faculty Attend Zero to Three Conference

In early December, members of the Bank Street community attended the National Training Institute’s Zero to Three conference in Seattle, WA, to learn and share the latest information on the development and education of infants, toddlers, and families. At the conference, Graduate School of Education faculty members Marjorie Brickley and Gabriel Guyton joined Laura Martin of the Verner Center for Early […]

Cynthia Weill, Director of the Center for Children’s Literature; Dean Cecelia Traugh; Graduate School faculty members Nancy McKeever and Peggy McNamara at the Library Salon.

Dean Cecelia Traugh Speaks at the Library Salon

On December 4, alumni, faculty, and students gathered at the fourth Library Salon to meet Cecelia Traugh, Dean of the Graduate School of Education. After mingling with guests over wine and hors-d’oeuvres, Cecelia discussed her longtime interest in the ongoing development of teacher knowledge and shared insights about her use of the inquiry method throughout her career. […]

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, […]