Submitted by Steve Evangelista
I’m writing with Margaret Ryan on the eve of a forum about inequities in public education that we are hosting at Bank Street College of Education. We chose specifically to focus this panel discussion and roundtable on public school education, and not just charter school education, even though we have been running a charter school for the past nine years. We have heard some concerns such as, “So this is a charter school panel. When is the public school panel?”
Let’s get a couple of things out of the way: inequity in public education is not a charters vs. public issue (it’s much bigger); and charter schools are public schools. Charters and district schools are indeed administered differently, and charters can do some things that district public schools cannot do.
See more at: http://www.harlemlink.org/blog/
Submitted by Shani Thornton
The Child Life Program at Bank Street College of Education has transformed me from not just being a child life specialist, but by inspiring me to set forth and provide services to a much larger community. The wealth of knowledge, hands on experience and continuous support that I receive from my advisers has a lit a fire within myself.
Read more on Shani’s child life mommy blog: http://childlifemommy.com/2014/02/04/from-alum-to-author-my-journey-as-a-child-life-specialist-beyond-the-hospital-walls/
Submitted by Bank Street alumnus Chad Kordt-Thomas
Interdisciplinary Reflective Practice Consultation Group
Purpose of the Consultation Group
Working closely with young children and their families brings professionals into intimate relationships. Pediatric occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other practitioners caring for families of young children call on a wide range of skills to make enduring positive change in children’s development. Working with young children almost always includes working with parents, whether that is our focus or not. However, supporting families through the child-‐parent relationship helps us get the most out of our interventions.
This consultation group will give providers an opportunity to step back from the day-‐to-‐day work with families and reflect on their interactions. Reflection and discussion often leads to more clarity about the reasons we interact with families in particular ways and the ways families interact with us. Moreover, attention to the child-‐parent relationship can make our interventions more powerful and effective. We will also look at some of the challenges that come up in doing relationship-‐based work with families, such as:
• When parents’ desires seems at odds with what you think the child needs
• Helping parents balance worry with hope
• Parents’ frustration at child and/or at you
• When parents bring up dilemmas outside your professional scope of work
• The pressures that arise when paying attention to multiple perspectives
Who should participate in this group?
• Occupational therapists
• Speech language pathologists
• Physical therapists
• Family nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses
• Home visitors
• Educational therapists
• Early childhood educators, site supervisors, and directors
• Early childhood special educators
• Child and family therapists
• Others working directly with young children and families
Dates and Times
Group will meet for 8 Tuesdays, March 4th – April 29th [no group on April 15th], from 6:00 pm-‐ 7:30 pm. (group can be extended if participants would like).
3514 Geary Boulevard (Inner Richmond Neighborhood of San Francisco)
To Sign Up
Please call Chad Kordt-‐Thomas at 415-‐596-‐0293 or email chad@kordt-‐thomas.com
Group Facilitator, Chad Kordt-‐Thomas, LCSW, MSW, MS.Ed. I am a child and family psychotherapist who works with children of all ages and with a range of challenges. I specialize in working with very young children and their families and children with developmental and learning disabilities, sensory-‐motor processing difficulties, and speech/language challenges. I provide infant-‐parent and child-‐parent psychotherapy, as well as individual child therapy. In this capacity, I work closely with other early childhood and family professionals. I worked previously as an early childhood mental health consultant, facilitator of developmental-‐therapeutic playgroups, therapeutic shadow, and preschool teacher. Endorsed as an Infant-‐Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist by the California Center for Infant-‐Family and Early Childhood Mental Health
Looking for alums of the Bank Street Early Childhood (Summer) Leadership program (aka in its early days ‘Day Care Administration’)
Submitted by Anne Mitchell
Bank Street College began in 1916 as the Bureau of Educational Experiments located on Bank Street in Greenwich Village. The Bank Street Early Childhood (summer) Leadership program (aka in its early days ‘Day Care Administration’) began in 1981 and will be 35 years old in 2016 — when Bank Street College will be 100 years old.
Several alums of the ECL Summer program, Sue Mankiw, Janis Strasser, Ann Hansborough, Jim Clay along with Anne Mitchell and Eileen Wasow (advisors) gathered before the Bank Street College reception at the NAEYC Annual Conference in Washington DC in November 2013. We talked about how best to celebrate/document the EC Leadership program as it turns 35. Ideas so far are a survey on the impact of the program on its alums (maybe just one question: what am I because of the Bank Street EC Leadership program?), an electronic collection of photos and other memorabilia, a very brief history/update document, some kind of event in concert with the College’s 100th anniversary. Perhaps a movement experience led by Lonnetta Taylor-Gaines…? The sky’s the limit at this stage. First, we want to find as many of the Early Childhood (Summer) Leadership graduates and faculty as possible.
If you are an alum or an adviser or faculty in the Bank Street Early Childhood (summer) Leadership program or know of others who are, please contact Anne Mitchell at email@example.com or 518-966-4585.
By Rachel Tenney ’10
Please join the Radical Early Childhood Collective (REChEC) for their first meeting. We welcome all people who work in some capacity with young children interested in radical/social justice education to attend from 6:30-8pm on Thursday January 23rd
WordPress.com prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 8,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 7 trips to carry that many people.
As a long time graduate of Bank Street College, (67) I am still practicing our beliefs through teaching at a Community College, and my Princeton TV30 shows called, “Back Story with Joan Goldstein.” Here is the link to the newest show on “Storms and Survival” which looks at the role of community, people and children.
Joan Goldstein, Ph.D.