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Category: Current Events & Educational Policy

Current Events & Educational Policy

Alumni Featured on Slate Podcast on Teacher Tenure

Slate produces original reporting and commentary on social, business, technology and political stories, and it has earned a bookmark button in many a browser over the years, including mine. Attending the taping of a podcast at Slate was one of the more unique events I’ve covered for this blog. Listen to the full podcast at Slate.com […]

Current Events & Educational Policy

Reflections on the 9th Niemeyer series: UPK in NYC

[The views expressed in this blog posting do not reflect that of Bank Street College as a whole] Bank Street’s ninth Niemeyer Series, Universal Pre-K in New York City, took place on April 23, 2014. In case you’re unfamiliar, The Niemeyer Series invites speakers and moderators to discuss pressing issues in education here at Bank […]

Current Events & Educational Policy

Opting out of standardized tests

Standardized testing is a major point of controversy in schools across the country. We have covered some of the issues surrounding this subject on the blog before, but now that tests are happening in schools, it seems like a good time to bring it up again. We recently had a discussion about this in my conference […]

Culturally Responsive Practice

Reflection on the roundtable: ‘Still Separate, Still Unequal’

On Monday, February 10th, the Bank Street College Alumni Association hosted a roundtable discussion called “Still Separate, Still Unequal, Challenges Facing Public Education 60 Years after Brown v. Board of Education.“ The participants were Martha Andrews, Margaret Blachly, Barbara Graves-Poller, Monte Joffee, and Verta Maloney. Moderating (and occasionally contributing) were Steven Evangelista and Margaret Ryan, both of […]

Current Events & Educational Policy

Reducing or Eliminating Standardized Testing

Javier C. Hernandez’s article in The Times, “New York State Seeks to Scale Back Student Testing” details some steps being taken to reduce the amount and type of testing for certain students in New York state by John B. King, Jr. Hernandez outlines a few points, namely that: “students struggling in English would be given […]

Current Events & Educational Policy

The Mayoral Candidates’ Proposed Educational Reforms

As voting day for New York City’s new Mayor approaches, I wanted to offer a progressive education prospective on the proposed educational reforms from candidates Bill deBlasio and Joe Lhota. What is a progressive education, though? The progressive mission statement of Bank Street is to nurture the creative, independent, and problem- solving talents of all […]