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Bank Street College of Education

Bank Street College of Education
Entrance to Bank Street College of Education
Established 1916
Type Private graduate school
President Shael Polakow-Suransky
Academic staff 125
Students 1,050
Location 610 West 112th Street, New York, New York 10025, United States

Bank Street College of Education is a private, nonprofit educational institution located in Manhattan, New York City. The College includes a Graduate School, an on-site independent School for Children, professional development and social programs, and partnerships with school districts, colleges, museums and cultural institutions, hospitals, community service organizations, and educational media corporations.


  • Accreditation 1
  • History 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Bank Street Graduate School of Education is accredited by the Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE) and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[1] It holds membership in the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of the State of New York, the Council of Higher Education Institutions in New York City, the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the American Council on Education. Bank Street has also been accepted as a formal candidate for accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).[2]

Bank Street School for Children is accredited through the New York State Association of Independent Schools.[3]


Bank Street was founded in 1916 by Lucy Sprague Mitchell as the Bureau of Educational Experiments. (Mitchell was the first Dean of Women at the University of California, Berkeley). Its original focus was the study of child development and education, and in 1918 a nursery school was opened. This nursery school is the direct predecessor of today's School for Children. The college gets its name from its former location on Bank Street in Greenwich Village. It moved to its current location on the upper west side in the early 1970s. In the 1930s, Bank Street began to formally train teachers, the start of today's Bank Street College of Education.[4]

In 1965, Bank Street developed the Bank Street Readers line of books, which were unique because they featured racial diversity and urban people of contemporary culture. Also, in the 1960s, the Bank Street faculty played an important role in the creation of the federal Head Start program.

In 1980, Bank Street College President Richard R. Ruopp established what was at first called The Children's Electronic Laboratory, renamed to the Center for Children and Technology ("CCT") shortly afterwards. Its first Director was Dr. Karen Sheingold, a developmental psychologist who joined Bank Street with Ruopp from the Boston area, where Ruopp had worked for ABT Associates and Sheingold for Wellesley College. With seed funding from The New York Times Foundation, Ruopp & Sheingold began to envision projects that would enable the child-centered educational philosophy undergirding Bank Street College's programs since its founding in 1916 by Lucy Sprague Mitchell to be realized in an emerging era in which microcomputers such as the Apple II would be increasingly commonplace. Among the first projects to be developed were:

The pioneering 1984 Voyage of the Mimi multimedia series (print, video, and computer software) for learning math, science and computing developed by the Bank Street Media Group, led by ex-Sesame Workshop producer Samuel Gibbon, with formative research guidance from CCT researchers and piloting with the teachers and children in the Bank Street School. The 1984 series gave Ben Affleck his start in film acting at the age of 9. A second series called Second Voyage of the Mimi was produced in 1988. Both aired on many PBS stations with ancillary print and computer-based materials available with computer software and videodiscs for school uses.

The Bank Street Writer, designed in 1981 by Bank Street educators for easy use by elementary students, and published by Scholastic and Broderbund as a popular word processor for Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Commodore, MSX, Macintosh, and IBM PC computers.

The Bank Street Logo Project, funded by the Spencer Foundation from 1981-1984, entitled: "The Impact of a Classroom Computer Experience on Children’s Problem-Solving, Planning, and Peer Collaboration". CCT Director Sheingold and new Psychology Department recruit from Clark University Roy Pea were co-investigators of this project, and researchers Jan Hawkins and Midian Kurland joined the grant team to plan and conduct empirical studies of children’s learning with Logo programming in their Bank Street classrooms, whose teachers were prepared by Seymour Papert and his team from MIT. The 1987 book edited by Pea & Sheingold:[5] documents key aspects of many of these studies.

The Center for Children and Technology left Bank Street College to become a part of the Education Development Center in Cambridge Massachusetts in the early 1990s, although located at 96 Morton Street downtown.

Notable alumni

  • Miriam Roth, Israeli writer and scholar of children's books, kindergarten teacher, and educator.
  • Margaret Wise Brown, author of classic children's books, such as Goodnight Moon.
  • Sarah E Calverley (2003), early childhood development scholar
  • Ally Sheedy, actress and children's book author[6]


  1. ^ "Bank Street College of Education". Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Candidates for Accreditation". National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bank Street School for Children". New York State Association of Independent Schools. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (November 30, 1997). "Richard Ruopp, 65; Led Bank Street College".  
  5. ^ Pea, Roy (1987). Mirrors of Minds: Patterns of Experience in Educational Computing. Ablex.  
  6. ^ Ally Sheedy bio at

External links

  • Official website
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