Our Faculty

Valentine Burr

Chair, Department of Teaching and Learning

Valentine began her career in education teaching in a residential school for children and adolescents with significant emotional and behavioral needs. Later, in the late 90’s, she taught at one of the first full-inclusion public high schools in New York City. These early experiences in her career laid a foundation for her ongoing commitment to issues of equity and access in education; and for the importance of developing emotionally responsive learning environments. Valentine joined the faculty of Bank Street in 2000 and since that time has served as an instructor and advisor in the childhood and middle school special education programs, program director, and department chair. In these roles, she is committed to supporting the growth of educators as reflective, collaborative, and critical practitioners. Valentine has worked internationally, and consults with a range of organizations in New York City, with particular focus on the development of critical historical literacy skills and innovative uses of technology for teaching and professional development.

Educational Background

EdD, Johns Hopkins University

Burr, V., Casper, V. & Scope, E. (2015). Fostering reflective inquiry in teacher and leader preparation.
Journal of the University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Burr, V. & Otoya-Knapp, K. (2014). Progressive online teacher education: Developing shifts in methodologies. Teacher Education & Practice, 27(4), 514-531.

Burr, V., & Jones, P. (2012). Fair is Not Equal: A Differentiated Approach to Supporting Behavioral Growth in the Classroom. Retrieved from: http://bankstreet.edu/blogs/fair-is-not-equal/

Andrias, E., & Burr, V. (Eds.). (2012). Inclusive classrooms: From access to engagement. Bank Street Occasional Paper Series. Retrieved from: http://bankstreet.edu/occasional-papers/issues/occasional-papers-28/

Burr, V & Griffen, M. (December, 2016). Empowering adolescents: Supporting social and emotional development in the classroom. Presentation at Forum on Secondary Special Education, New York, NY.

Burr, V. & Rosenberg, M. (November, 2016). Perspectives of adolescents and teachers in secondary special education. Workshop at Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY.