Bank Street Alumni Weekend

Bank Street Alumni Weekend logoMark your calendars for Alumni Weekend 2023!

May 18-20, 2023
Bank Street College of Education
610 West 112th Street, New York, NY 10025

All alumni of the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and School for Children are invited back to Bank Street for its annual Alumni Weekend. This event is a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends, make new connections, expand your professional network, and learn more about Bank Street’s work and the exciting changes taking place on campus. We hope you’ll join us for this momentous occasion during a weekend of substantive and fun-filled events!

Additionally, our School for Children Alumni Class Delegates will help organize and lead activities and events at Alumni Weekend.

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Additional Information

  • Schedule of Events

    BSCAA Awards & “Tar Beach” Reunion
    Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Tabas Auditorium & 2nd Floor Play Deck

    The Bank Street College Alumni Association (BSCAA) will kick off the weekend by celebrating Graduate School alumni honorees at this year’s Alumni Awards ceremony and “Tar Beach” alumni reception.

    • BSCAA Distinguished Service Award
      Ann-Marie Mott, GSE ’72, ’79
      Lesley Koplow, GSE ’79
    • BSCAA Ida Karp Award
      Cecelia Traugh, Dean, Graduate School of Education
    • BSCAA Recognition Award
      Dinah Volk, GSE ’73
      Hilary Woodward, GSE ’11

    Alumni Tutoring Network Meet & Greet
    Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    Bank Street Teachers Lounge (adjacent to the cafeteria)
    Cost: Free

    All Graduate School alumni are welcome to join the Alumni Tutoring Network—a tutoring support group—for an open discussion where we will address all topics of interest, with Sound Foundations: Fostering Phonological & Phonemic Awareness as the opening topic. Tea & coffee will be provided.

    Graduate School Alumni of Color Reception
    Saturday, May 20 from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    Bank Street Library
    Cost: $10.00

    Graduate School alumni, faculty, and students of color are invited to a cocktail and conversation reception at Bank Street. As we continue to deepen our commitment to creating a more diverse student body in the Graduate School, we value the experiences and perspectives of former students to help shape our efforts to make Bank Street a supportive learning community for all students.

    School for Children Alumni Basketball Game
    Saturday, May 20 from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
    9th Floor Gym

    Catch up with old classmates and friends by dusting off your sneakers and playing in our Alumni Basketball Game! Alumni interested in playing in the game or attending the event need to RSVP. Referee: Efrain Padilla, Physical Education Teacher, School for Children.

    School for Children Young Alumni Reunion
    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    2nd Floor Play Deck

    School for Children alumni who graduated between 2015-22 are invited back to Bank Street to reconnect with each other and their teachers. Food and beverages will be provided. This is a special milestone for the Class of 2019 to celebrate the end of their high school career and reunite before embarking on their college journeys this fall. We will also be celebrating the Class of 2018 as they celebrate their 5-year reunion.

    Graduate School Learning Forum
    Saturday, May 20 from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
    Tabas Auditorium
    Cost: $10.00

    Emerging research links improvements in non-academic elements of reading such as identity, self-efficacy, engagement, and motivation to accelerated reading achievement for America’s most vulnerable students. In this dynamic keynote, award-winning early childhood educator and Bank Street alum Alvin Irby, GSE ’09, shares insights from his work cultivating the reading identity of Black boys and leveraging technology to design strengths-based reading programming and assessments as the Founder and Chief Reading Inspirer at Barbershop Books.

    Bank Street Master Classes
    Saturday, May 20 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Various Classrooms

    The entire Bank Street community is invited to participate in interactive professional development workshops facilitated by Bank Street faculty and staff across different divisions.

    Current Workshops

    • STEAM Lab Workshop
      Explore the School for Children’s approach to teaching computational thinking. You will learn to control a simple robot using a block-based programming language. We will explore different geometric patterns and use our robots to draw interesting designs.
      Workshop facilitator: Matt Borgmeyer, GSE ’07.
    • Open Art Studio
      Alumni are invited to explore with clay, collage, and paint
      Facilitator: Maria Richa, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, School for Children (former art teacher, School for Children).
    • Teach for Climate Justice
      Alumni will participate in an interactive workshop and be introduced to the soon-to-be-published book, Teach for Climate Justice: A Vision for Transforming Education, by Tom Roderick, GSE ’72.

    Bank Street Tour
    Saturday, May 20 from 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
    Bank Street Lobby

    School for Children Reunions (21+)
    Saturday, May 20 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    2nd Floor Play Deck
    Cost: $10

    All School for Children alumni are invited to return to Bank Street to reconnect and network with one another. Join your reunion year friends as they celebrate class milestones while sharing your Bank Street pride! Hearty hors d’oeuvres and beer and wine will be provided.

    Graduate School Faculty Retiree Celebration
    Saturday, May 20 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
    Tabas Auditorium

    A reception honoring of Stan Chu, GSE ’72, and Peggy McNamara, GSE ’78, and their retirement from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Refreshments will be provided following a program celebrating the dedication, legacy, and impact of each of our honorees.

  • Hotel & Parking

    The Office of Alumni Relations has arranged discounted rates at the following Manhattan hotel for alumni attending Bank Street Alumni Weekend 2023. The rates below are valid for hotel stays from May 18 – May 20, 2023, unless otherwise noted. Rooms in the hotel blocks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Note that demand for hotel rooms in the city is high, and hotels are likely to sell out quickly, so consider booking early!

    New York Marriott Marquis
    1535 Broadway
    New York, NY 10036-4077
    Rate: $427/night before tax
    Distance from Bank Streey: 20 minute drive (3.7 miles)
    Deadline for Reservations: April 20, 2023
    Cancellation Policy: Cancellation without penalty is available up to 72 hours before scheduled arrival.
    Reserve Your Stay


    SP+ Parking
    Distance: 7-minute walk

    MPG: Manhattan Parking 110
    Distance: 4-minute walk

  • Health & Safety

    Bank Street is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students, faculty and staff, and visitors. Bank Street has developed a comprehensive health plan aligned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health guidelines. Additionally, our policies are in compliance with New York’s HERO Act standards to protect against airborne infectious diseases.

    We have identified a few key steps to make our buildings as safe as possible:

    1. Reduce the risk that someone who is currently infectious comes to school or work through vaccination, testing if exposed, and a robust symptom policy.
    2. Immediately isolate anyone who may be infectious if a case arises in our programs and transparently share information about who may have been exposed to the virus.
    3. Ensure increased ventilation and air purification to prevent the spread of the virus inside the building as well as ongoing cleaning and hygiene.

    Visitors are considered anyone visiting Bank Street who are not a current faculty or staff member, student, or parent. Visitors at Bank Street may be required to adhere to specific health and safety policies, such as masking, providing proof of vaccination, providing a negative antigen test prior to attending the event, and/or following symptom screening policies. Prior to Alumni Weekend, attendees will receive any specific guidance around special policies or requirements.

  • Come Back, Give Back

    Alumni support for Bank Street demonstrates the value of a Bank Street education. Alumni Weekend provides an excellent opportunity to invest in Bank Street in a way that is personally meaningful to you. Your gift can be designated to your Bank Street program, financial aid, or any initiative across the College. The collective support of our community truly makes a difference for our students!

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  • Update Your Information

    To receive news, event updates, and other announcements, we encourage you to update your profile so that we have your most recent contact information in our database. Please note, these changes will only be reflected in your profile with the Development & Alumni Relations Office. To update information on your official academic records, please contact the Registrar’s Office at or 212-875-4406.

  • FAQ

    When will registration close?
    Registration will close Sunday, May 7.

    Are masks going to be required?
    Currently, masks will be optional. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please see a health professional and quarantine accordingly.

    What is the vaccination policy?
    Proof or attestation of vaccination will be required for attendance at our in-person events.

    Can I bring my child(ren)?
    To fully immerse in Alumni Weekend, we encourage you to seek child care arrangements during this time.

    Who is invited to Alumni Weekend?
    All alumni of the Bank Street Graduate School of Education and School for Children are invited to Bank Street’s annual Alumni Weekend.

Scenes from 2023 Alumni Weekend

  • Graduates at Alumni of Color event
    Graduate School Alumni of Color event
  • Guests at School for Children Young Alumni Reunion
    School for Children Young Alumni Reunion
  • Auditorium at BSCAA Awards ceremony
    Guests gather for 2023 BSCAA Awards Ceremony
  • 2023 BSCAA Award winners
    2023 BSCAA Award Winners
  • People clapping in Tabas Auditorium
  • School for Children alumni participate in basketball game
    School for Children Alumni Basketball Game
  • Peggy McNamara and Stan Chu
    Peggy McNamara and Stan Chu, Faculty Retiree Celebration
  • Three guests hugging
    Guests embrace Peggy McNamara, Faculty Retiree Celebration
  • Alvin Irby presenting at Learning Forum
    Alvin Irby, GSE '09, shares about his role as founder and chief reading inspirer of Barbershop Books
  • School for Children graduates at reunion event
    School for Children 21+ Reunion