Research, Publications & Policy

Bank Street Education Center Publications

The Bank Street Education Center believes that policy is best informed through collaboration with leaders, practitioners, and partners in educational communities. Our publications document collaborations that are grounded in equity and use strengths-based, learner-centered approaches to strengthen instructional practice, nurture teacher learning, and create stronger school systems. These reports offer lessons for policy at all levels of the education ecosystem.

Explore Our Publications:

  • Center on Culture, Race & Equity

    Access resources and other materials to help practitioners and communities shift their approach toward culturally responsive, strength-based systems and practices.

    Community Empowerment and Change in Early Childhood: Education diplomacy within a United States context
    Discusses the importance of a child’s earliest years and the need to improve early childhood programs and services for marginalized populations.

    All Hands In Interactive Resource Guide 2017 (pdf)
    Provides resources to support authentic family engagement among parents, educators, and community leaders in pre-K settings. Created by the Center on Culture, Race & Equity in partnership with Highbridge Advisory Council and BronxWorks.

  • Prepared To Teach

    Discover reports, resources, and other materials developed to help organizations move toward sustainable, high-quality teacher preparation.

    Following the Money: Exploring the Economics of Quality Teacher Preparation (pdf)
    Shares an in-depth look at the economics of teacher preparation and the systemic shortcomings of current models. Explores how, with a modest investment, the teacher labor market could dramatically shift to allow more strong individuals to enter the profession and, in turn, create better schools.

    Clearing the Path: Redesigning Teacher Preparation for the Public Good (pdf)
    Draws on lessons from early innovators effectively implementing co-teaching preparation programs to present strategies for the development of strong partnerships that support funding models providing stipends for teacher candidates in full-time residency positions.

    Investing in Residencies, Improving Schools: How Principals Can Fund Better Teaching and Learning (pdf)
    Shares a case study of an innovative charter school in California. Describes how the school’s financial model enables the funding of co-teaching positions for new teachers within the school.

    For the Public Good: Quality Preparation for Every Teacher (pdf)
    Identifies public funding streams to support residency program nationwide and outlines how teacher preparation providers and school districts can establish mutually-beneficial partnerships to support high-quality teacher preparation and incentivize positive change across the entire educational ecosystem.

  • School System Partnerships & Programs

    Explore reports, resources, and other materials produced through our partnerships with school systems and districts to improve teaching practices at scale.

    Coaching: How a Focus on Adult Development Leads to Improvements in Student Learning (pdf)
    This publication documents the professional learning processes, tools, and activities used by Bank Street facilitators in their coaching work with teachers and leaders and brings to light what strengths-based, developmentally meaningful teaching and learning looks like for both adults and children.

    District-Wide Instructional Initiative Framework (pdf)
    This booklet provides educators with a closer look at how four school system components can contribute to supporting effective improvement strategies at scale: leadership vision and commitment, change management structures, intentional and adult learning experiences, and evidence-based at student-focused decision making.

    Why Science Says School is Boring
    Explores the reasoning behind the all too common consensus among children that school is “boring” and how schools and teachers can better engage students by helping them bridge what they’re learning in the classroom to their own lives and the world around them.

    Structures & Supports: Building a Throughline Approach to District Reform (pdf)
    Provides an analysis of the Bank Street Education Center’s work in urban districts. Provides case studies of select program partners and examines lessons learned.

    New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District 
    Official website of the New Haven Children’s Ideal Learning District initiative designed to help revolutionize the city’s early care and education landscape.