Self-Promote Shamelessly – the BSN (that’s Bank Street Network)

September 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

posted by Keith Berman ’03, BSCAA

Near the end of introductions of our first BSN (Bank Street Network) event, I turned to Linda Reing, Bank Street’s intrepid Director of Alumni Relations, and wrote on a piece of paper, “I’m shocked how many more people are hiring than looking.”

She mouthed “me too!” The Bank Street message is clearly in museums, schools (public and private), therapeutic centers, office buildings and much more.

Bank Street alumni showed up for the BSN that my office here at 1115 Broadway in Manhattan hosted on the morning of August 23rd with the directive to “self-promote shamelessly.” What followed was amazing only to a non-Bank Streeter: the roughly three dozen Introductions were anything but sterile, as people weaved their personal goals into their professional lives in narratives that were entertaining and professional at once, that hallmark of what so many of us do.

Everyone was making a difference for families and children, ranging from starting museums to hiring for the DOE, from creating workshops on play and science to promoting their newest book. Even those looking for work had interim positions and were volunteering in the community – most employers there shared with me that they wished there were more job seekers there, especially if they had a NYC DOE file number!

The conversations that occurred after the introductions lasted over an hour longer than planned as people brainstormed with each other about how to work together and find other Bank Streeters to bring into their fold. People brought flyers, postcards, bookmarks and business cards to share on their achievements and were given folders to collect them – mine was full in no time.

We will be having a second BSN next quarter, and I invite any and all of you to join, whether you are looking for a transition, a job, a project partner, a thinker, or just a free cup of coffee. Please stay tuned on e-mail or join the discussion that 423 of us read on LinkedIn, where roughly a dozen jobs or opportunities were posted last month:

To learn more about BSN, please feel free to e-mail (

Entry filed under: bank street history, community, dialogue.

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Alisa Algava ‘08, leader of a small Hudson Valley progressive school
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Bill Ayers ‘84, UIC professor, Chicago
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Keith Berman '03, founder/president of Options for College and Bank Street’s LinkedIn moderator
David Bowles ’08 (SFC ’93), museum educator at the Rubin Museum of Art
Elena Canaras ‘07, Special Education teacher, Hawaii
Virginia Casper, Bank Street faculty member
Jim Clay ‘88, director of a Washington DC Quaker preschool
Mary DeCamp Cotterall ‘87, Reading Specialist, Michigan
Judy Coven ’77, retired public school teacher and former Antioch University faculty member
Leslie Day '93, adjunct instructor at Bank Street and author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City
Mary Louise (Molly) Day ‘76, Lab School teacher, Chicago
Liezel de La Isla ‘99, Prague International School teacher
Diane Trister Dodge '70, founder and president of Teaching Strategies, Inc.
Meghan Dunn ’08, 3rd grade teacher, Brooklyn
Steven Evangelista ’01, co-director Harlem Link Charter School, NYC
Janine Fetters ‘02, Senior Associate of Parent Engagement at NACCRRA
Dena Florczyk '88, middle school teacher and founder/director of The Nigerian School Project
Hollee Freeman '94, writes about parenting issues for the alumni blog and was featured on BSCAA's April 2012 Career Panel
Ellen Galinsky '70, is President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute and author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs
Joanne Ruvolo Gannett ‘84, Columbia College art history professor, Chicago
Joan Goldstein ‘67, sociologist and educator
Margot Hammond, Director of the Center for Early Childhood Professionals
Carol Hillman ‘67, early childhood educator, author, and Long Trip co-leader
Pam Jones ‘05, Bank Street advisor and instructor
Lee Klinger Lesser ‘87, trainer for the Parent Services Project
Preminda Langer ‘97, teacher trainer
Claire Milam ’97, life coach, Austin, Texas
Rabin Nickens ‘03, Speaker, Trainer and Educational Consultant
Beth Norford ‘89, consultant and former School for Children teacher
Susy Ogden ‘97
Marion Palm ‘95, Leadership in the Arts alum, writing tutor, poet and singer
Jessica Poser, assistant professor of art education at UIC, Chicago
Jesse Pugh '76, BSCAA President
Meg Rauen ‘06, former Chicago elementary school teacher, NY
Linda Reing, Bank Street Director of Alumni Relations
Rosalind Rothman '62, retired NYC teacher and guidance counselor
Kyla Ryman '92/'97, educational coach and consultant
Ariel Sacks ‘06, middle school teacher, Brooklyn, NY
Linda Appleman (Guidall) Shapiro ‘81, psychotherapist and author
Barbara Silver ‘80, literacy consultant and former NYC first grade teacher
Andrea Penny Spencer, former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Bank Street
Debbie Stone ‘84, former teacher/co-director of High Valley School
Rachel Theilheimer ‘74, chair of teacher education at BMCC/CUNY
Theodore Timpson ’05, founder/president of Young Spirit Foundation
Eleanor Traubman '95, is Editor in Chief of Creative Times, a blog which promotes NYC's performing, visual and literary arts
Allison Warren '08, new mom, recent grad, and early childhood teacher
Max Weinberg ‘03, Francis Parker School teacher, Chicago
Ted Wells ‘07, 4th grade teacher at The Park School, Brookline, MA
Tracy Wiessbrod ’03, kindergarten teacher and stay-at-home mom

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