Bank Street's graduate programs prepare educators to recognize that children learn best when they are actively engaged both intellectually and emotionally with materials, ideas, and people. Our graduate students learn to foster children's curiosity, love of learning, tolerance of human difference, sense of community, and engagement with the world around them.
Educators prepared at Bank Street work in schools, centers of government, museums, hospitals, community centers, colleges, and anywhere engagement in meaningful leading and learning takes place.
Nearly nine out of ten alumni, across a dozen years, continue to work in the field of education after graduating—the majority as P-12 classroom teachers—far surpassing national and local averages.
Bank Street alumni report higher confidence in content area preparation than peers from other schools—an 18% advantage in science, 20% in English language and literacy, and 23% in math.
*Source: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE), 2014
In 2014, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio called for high-quality, full-day prekindergarten to be made available to every four-year-old across the city’s five boroughs. Bank Street faculty, alumni, and educators answered the call, and remain a vital part of the Pre-K for All program that now aims to serve 70,000 families.
Bank Street educators...
influence thousands of educators and practitioners...
who go on to change the lives of tens of thousands of children and families.
The belief that play is essential to learning and child development infuses every part of Bank Street. We take children beyond their classroom walls and into the world.
—Emily Patel, Bank Street School for Children
Bank Street's children's programs—the School for Children, Family Center Services & Childcare, Bank Street Head Start, Liberty LEADS, and Summer Camp—give students a voice in their own learning. Children at Bank Street construct meaning through their own investigations, and teachers ask questions that inspire them to discover how their personal stories fit in to the world around them.
Bank Street has a record of creating positive change for children and families in historically underserved communities. Whether in the East Village, Harlem, or the Bronx, these programs foster real relationships between educators, children, and families, and provide safe and meaningful spaces for individuals' needs to be respected and heard.
Each year, Bank Street Head Start serves 68 three- and four-year-old children from low-income families through a quality, free, full-day program that meets their cognitive, social, emotional, health, nutritional, and psychological needs.
Liberty LEADS empowers teens from underserved communities to take ownership of their education by providing them with the supports and resources they need in order to realize their potential, positively contribute to society, and transition successfully from high school to college.
Bank Street partnered with BronxWorks to create the Early Childhood Urban Education Initiative, giving educators access to a three-year master’s degree program. Students commit to serving children and families from under-resourced communities in the Bronx after graduation.
In 2012, Massachusetts school, district, and state education leaders began work with Bank Street’s team of national leadership and performance assessment experts to design and develop a new assessment system as part of the commonwealth’s principal preparation and licensure process. Unlike standard paper and pencil tests, the Massachusetts Performance Assessment for Leaders consists of performance assessment tasks that core, authentic work of school leaders.
Drawing from the same philosophy and experience infusing Bank Street’s leadership degree programs, the Massachusetts performance assessment system is designed to ensure that new principals are prepared to effectively lead their schools for the true benefit of their students.