Celebrating Bank Street's First 100 Years

This collection was published as a celebration of Bank Street College of Education's centenial in 2016. 

Edited by Hal Melnick, '74, and Robie Harris, '70

The intent for this book is to convey in words and images the essence of our beloved institution and the very real ways we approach education for adults as well as for children from infancy through forever. Each chapter was designed to echo both John Dewey's and Lucy Sprague Mitchell’s core ideas about learning as actively ‘doing.’ These ideas and principles are still in practice today at Bank Street for both children and adults. The verbs we chose for each chapter were intended to capture those principles and communicate how experiential learning is enacted today at Bank Street. By doing so, we hoped to convey the intentional interplay between theory and practice, which we believe all teachers and leaders must know and DO!

Each chapter has three sections as a way of showing the thread of history from 1916-2016:

Bank Street Then

—Bank Street's history, roots, and values

Bank Street Now

—Ways the School for Children and the Family Center foster teaching and learning

Graduate School Voices

—Voices of Graduate School faculty and alumni reflect how teaching and learning is enacted at the College today

From the foreword:

"In 1916, Lucy Sprague Mitchell and her colleagues embarked on a revolutionary journey: to better understand how children learm amd to improve the way we teach by building from the strength we see in students and in ourselves. For one hundred years, Bank Street educators and leaders have honed an approach to teaching and learning grounded in the principles of human development and anchored in constant reflection. They have sought to create environments where young children are known deeply and are encouraged to develop the creativity and resilience they will need to succeed in life. Through this work, Bank Street has become a beacon for educators and leaders deeply committed to improving the lives of children.

Celebrating our First 100 Years offers the Bank Street Community an opportunity to reexamine and commemorate our historic achievements, our guiding principles in practice, and our impact on children and adults."

- Shael Polakow-Suransky

President, Bank Street College of Education