Research, Publications & Policy

Snapshots of Practice

Snapshots of PracticeBank Street’s Snapshots of Practice series explores our work in schools and communities through multiple lenses. Through research and documentation, each snapshot is a window into our practice that shares a closer look at how we engage with educators, families, students, and children. Materials are shared in a variety of platforms, including written summaries, videos, and audio files.

Two educators during professional development session.

Coaching:

How a Focus on Adult Development Leads to Improvements in Student Learning
The Bank Street Education Center partners with schools and districts across the country to help improve teaching and learning at scale. 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.
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Teacher smiling at student

Learning to Teach:

Observing and Reflecting
This video series provides a platform for professional development in early childhood education by introducing viewers to classroom footage accompanied by facilitated discussions about observation and teaching practice. Viewers will get a hands-on look at how beginning teachers learn to closely observe children and engage in reflective conversations about students, materials, the classroom environment, and themselves.
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Progressive Leaders Group

Progressive Leaders Group:

Democracy in Schools and Classrooms
The Progressive Leaders Group at Bank Street College brings together Bank Street alumni in leadership positions across the tri-state area to analyze and discuss challenges in schools and organizations. In this snapshot of a group meeting, a series of audio recordings provide a window into how the committee explored the concept of democracy in schools and classrooms.
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School for Children bakery project

Midtown West:

The Restaurant Curriculum
Bank Street faculty and staff regularly work in partnership with public schools to support teachers and leaders in sustaining and strengthening progressive educational practices. This Snapshot of Practice follows educators from Bank Street College and Midtown West as they made teaching decisions to engage and educate first grade students though a study of food and community.
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Descriptive Inquiry Group

Descriptive Inquiry at Bank Street:

Building Intellectual Community While Responding to Accreditation
Over the 2016-17 academic year, Bank Street Graduate School faculty and staff participated in a school-wide Descriptive Inquiry process to examine their programs and pedagogy. As part of this process, faculty met regularly to share their practices and to strengthen their well-established programs in teacher and leader preparation, museum education, and child life.
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Educator teaching about the throughline approach to teaching and learning

Structures and Supports:

Building a Throughline Approach to District Reform
The Bank Street Education Center has developed a “throughline” approach to district reform designed to support districts across the system to foster conditions that enable schools to act as units of change and embed strong practices through teacher and leaders and teams. This Snapshot of Practice take a closer look at the Bank Street Education Center’s throughline approach and some of the districts they have partnered with to implement district reform.
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