Bank Street grad student and admissions blogger John Kuckens writes about three Bank Street alums on Mike Pesca’s the Gist on Slate. Read John’s article and listen to the podcast.
See and hear what our alums Alisa Algava, Ada Rosario Dolch, and Margaret Ryan have to say.
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