Peggy McNamara

Senior Director of Student Learning Support and Community Initiatives

Peggy McNamara is currently the Senior Director of Student Learning Support and Community Initiatives. Through this role she works with graduate students and faculty to differentiate teaching and learning approaches to make graduate school content and processes accessible to a range of learners. In addition, Peggy, in collaboration with colleagues, has expanded Bank Street’s role in Early Childhood through initiatives with teachers in the Bronx and Queens.

Peggy began her teaching career in early childhood and childhood general education and special education classrooms. Through her work with teachers as an advisor, instructor, and professional developer, she has learned that when teachers are supported to be “curriculum makers” and given the opportunity, support, and resources to develop meaningful curriculum and instruction, schools become vibrant and effective places.

Publications & Presentations

McNamara, P. & Andes, B. (2015) Curtain up: Place-based teaching and learning in the New York City theater district. Occasional Paper 33, Bank Street College of Education

Colon, C. McNamara, P & Welsh-Kruger, M. (2015). Early Literacy Instruction as Inquiry and Collaboration. NCTE Annual Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Colon, C. McNamara, P Welsh-Kruger, M. (2016) Early Childhood Teacher Educators Examine Advocacy for Diversity and Social Justice in Language and Literacy Arenas/Classrooms. NCTE, Atlanta, Georgia.

Colon, C., McNamara, P. & Welsh-Kruger, M. (2017). Building joyful readers. NCTE, St Louis, Missouri.

Ed.D. Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University