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Bank Street College of Education
(Very) early education
August 15, 2017
Bank Street heads to East New York to help child care providers play to their strengths
The Guttman Center wants to help child care providers solve problems and improve their care.
August 12, 2014
As the first day of school approaches, the city trains thousands of universal pre-K teachers
Weeks away from the first day of school, the city has put a lot of faith in Bank Street to train a whopping 4,000 teachers to ready them to teach the city’s four-year-olds. The program cost $2.2 million and will include four separate three-day sessions, the first day of which was Tuesday.
July 24, 2014
To build a principal pipeline, city tries an 'all-of-the-above' approach
Hoping to develop a steady supply of new principals, the city has designed training programs of its own and partnered more closely than ever with outside groups. Meanwhile, it's anyone's guess how the new chancellor's views will influence principal preparation.
July 11, 2014
City plans Bank Street teacher training ahead of fall pre-K push
As Mayor Bill de Blasio readies the city for a prekindergarten expansion this fall, thousands of teachers will go through training at Bank Street College…
January 21, 2014
Heading to Bank Street, Polakow-Suransky is first to exit Fariña’s ed department
The top Bloomberg-era deputy is leaving the Department of Education, marking the first visible leadership shift under Carmen Fariña and the potential start of a pre-K partnership.
Leadership & Management
January 21, 2014
Fariña to staff: “I am thrilled for Shael” and will work with him
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is looking forward to continuing to work with Shael Polakow-Suransky, the Department of Education’s top deputy under the Bloomberg administration, she told…
December 20, 2011
Federal Head Start reauthorization puts city's status in jeopardy
Chancellor Dennis Walcott prepares to read to a group of 4-year-olds at the Bank Street Head Start center in November. (GothamSchools) New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is at risk of losing a $190 million grant, after the federal government included it on a list of 132 substandard Head Start agencies across the country this week. Head Start is the half-century-old federal preschool program for low-income children. ACS, among the oldest and largest Head Start agencies in the country, did not meet the “quality thresholds” set by the federal Office of Head Start, according to a list made public Tuesday by the Administration for Children & Families, which oversees the program. Educators and advocates said the announcement could mean major upheaval for ACS, which serves 120,000 children and families in New York City and oversees contracts for 250 Head Start centers. “It would have a huge impact,” said Nina Piros, director of early childhood programs for University Settlement, which runs two Head Start centers on the Lower East Side under a contract with ACS. “If ACS does lose its grant, then delegate agencies will be out of business, to put it mildly,” she added, referring to the centers that contract with ACS. “There’s a lot of jaws that dropped,” said Steven Antonelli, administrative director of the Head Start program at the Bank Street College of Education.
January 22, 2009
The future of school policy, if Darling-Hammond has her way
The panel where Linda Darling-Hammond spoke yesterday. Linda Darling-Hammond may be feared and loathed by the younger reform set, but among the people who sat with me last night on the Upper East Side to watch her talk, she is such a star! Before the start of the panel, put on by Bank Street College of Education, all I could hear was the simultaneous sound of my Blackberry buzzing with eager e-mails about her and audience members asking their neighbors, "Has Linda arrived yet?" She finally did, apparently via the very last available train to New York from Washington, D.C., where she had been for Barack Obama's inauguration. At the panel, she quickly made it clear how dramatically accountability regimes would change if she is given a major role in the Obama administration. (Of course, that's a big if: Though Darling-Hammond chaired the education policy team for Obama's transition, it's looking like those who have the ear of new Education Secretary Arne Duncan come from a different set. She didn't comment on this yesterday.) Darling-Hammond laid out a dramatic picture of how she hopes Obama will change American schools, one that (for the most part) differed substantially from the vision currently in vogue, the "idealocrat" program Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has pushed. Darling-Hammond's big idea is to move America away from a factory model of education, where teachers are seen as trade workers, and toward a model that treats teachers as just as important as doctors or lawyers. The change, as she sees it, requires that teachers are given better and more extensive training, and that the federal government change the way it evaluates their work, moving from No Child Left Behind's standardized test-based system into one based on sensitive open-ended assessments that schools might create themselves. She hinted that the last part might be the biggest challenge — to "get the measuring right."
January 21, 2009
Tonight: Linda Darling-Hammond is in New York to talk plans
Now that Barack Obama has been president for more than a day, it’s a good time to ask once again what his deal…
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