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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 […]

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28th Annual Infancy Institute

The 28th Infancy Institute took place at Bank Street College this past June under the coordination of Margie Brickley, Program Director of the Infant & Family Development and Early Intervention program. A gathering of infant and toddler professionals, the event featured a schedule of presentations and interactive workshops, as well as opportunities to visit a selection of early […]

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The Family Center on Teaching & Generosity

Generosity is central to our work at the Family Center. Our classroom teachers are generous with their time, skills, information, and kindness. We try to parallel our teaching process with children with the way we are with each other. In being present and intentional, we become even more generous with our kindness, allowing our skills, energy, and […]

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Bank Street Grads Pay it Forward in Successful Project

Research suggests that children who develop strong early math skills continue to perform well later on in school, not only in math but also in other areas of schooling. To further investigate this theory, social policy research organization MDRC teamed up with The Robin Hood Foundation to develop Making Pre-K Count, a research project based in 69 New York City public […]

Naila Strong (center) during a discussion on what it means to be white with her seventh grade classmates at the Bank Street School (Richard Yeh/WNYC)

Bank Street School for Children Students & Faculty Talk About Race on WNYC

Over the past several months, WNYC has produced a series of audio and video segments about what it’s like to be a 12-year-old, called “Being 12.” The installment that aired on July 8, focused on how 12-year-olds and their teachers grapple with the sometimes personal and difficult conversations associated with race and diversity. We are […]

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Outstanding Alumni: Meghan Dunn

In Brownsville, Brooklyn, nearly 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line. Crime and violence are commonplace in the neighborhood, which totals just over one square mile and consists mainly of public housing units. School systems in such communities can present a number of challenges for kids and educators alike, but Meghan Dunn, principal […]

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Bank Street Celebrates Alumna Susan Ochshorn’s New Book

For nearly two decades, Susan Ochshorn has worked at the local, state, and national levels to integrate early childhood research, policy, and practice into the larger education reform conversation. Her new book, Squandering America’s Future: Why ECE Policy Matters for Equality, Our Economy, and Our Children (Teachers College Press), explores the most significant issues in contemporary early […]

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Richard Rothstein Receives Honorary Doctorate

On May 14, 2015, the Graduate School recognized Richard Rothstein with an Honorary Doctorate degree as part of its annual Commencement ceremony at Riverside Church. Through the conferral of the Honorary Doctorate, Bank Street College seeks to recognize those individuals who have made an exemplary contribution to the field of education, and more broadly the lives of […]

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Irma Black and Cook Prize Finalists Recognized

On May 14, Bank Street hosted an event to honor the finalists of the 42nd annual Irma Black Award and those of the 4th annual Cook Prize. The Irma Simonton and James H. Black Award recognize outstanding children’s books by specifically evaluating the way the words and pictures work together to enhance each other and create a […]