2020 Sunset Chat

Thursday, November 12, 2020
5:30 PM EST - 7:00 PM EST


Event Title:
2020 Sunset Chat

Bank Street President Shael Polakow-Suransky, GSE ’00, invites alumni to the annual Sunset Chat for a virtual conversation and networking opportunity. Join President Polakow-Suransky for an engaging and robust discussion as he shares some of his observations and thinking about the impact of COVID-19, virtual learning, and the 2020 presidential election on education and where he sees Bank Street’s work ahead. Alumni are invited and encouraged to share their experiences and reflections as we navigate this challenging moment.

About Shael Polakow-Suransky

Shael Polakow-SuranskyShael Polakow-Suransky became the eighth president of Bank Street College of Education on July 1, 2014. Prior to this role, he was the second-in-command at the New York City Department of Education, serving as Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor. In the nation’s largest school system, Shael oversaw teaching and learning across more than 1,600 district schools and was a strong advocate for teacher and principal autonomy, balanced accountability, and reforms designed to improve learning experiences for the City’s most vulnerable students.

Earlier in his career, Shael worked as a teacher and founding principal of Bronx International High School. He holds a BA from Brown University, where Ted Sizer was his mentor, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Bank Street. He is the first alum to serve as Bank Street’s president.

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