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Hal Melnick Teaches Math in China: Coals to Newcastle?

From May 13-21, 2011, Dr. Hal Melnick, a member of the Bank Street Graduate Faculty, provided professional development and support for teachers implementing progressive math programs at the Tsinghua International School in Beijing, China. Before he began his work, he had to justify and explain Bank Street's progressive math approach to both the parents and the teachers in the primary and secondary schools. The Challenge ... Says Melnick: "My challenge was that on the latest international comparative tests, China far surpassed the United States. So both the teachers and the parents needed to know what this American program could do for their children, and to be reassured that their children were not being harmed by this 'different' math program." ... In a School Established by Bank Street Alumna Debbie Kurtzberg ... Melnick had been invited to Tsinghua by Debbie Kurtzberg, director of the Primary Division, and a 2009 Bank Street graduate. Because Tsinghua International School is [...]

Hal Melnick Teaches Math in China: Coals to Newcastle?2013-06-13T14:30:01-04:00

Niemeyer Six Sparks Spirited Discussions

On the evening of April 26, 2011, Educators, teacher leaders, students and faculty joined together for Bank Street College's sixth annual Niemeyer Education Policy Series on April 26, 2011, at the CUNY Graduate Center on Fifth Avenue. The topic was "Teacher Performance: Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, Ineffective — How Can You Tell?" In her welcoming address, Bank StreetPresident Elizabeth D. Dickey raised the question: "Do legitimate ways of assessing teachers exist and, if so, what are they?" The moderator, Dean of the College Jon Snyder, who introduced the panelists, noted there were many truisms about teachers and good teaching, and asked what do these actually mean in assessing teachers. "Sometimes people can't even agree on what assessment consists of," he said.  Snyder added that many states, New York included, now are moving toward new systems and approaches, and he asked the panelists to consider what were the functions and goals, as well as the key components, of teaching assessments and evaluations. New York [...]

Niemeyer Six Sparks Spirited Discussions2013-06-13T14:30:02-04:00

Holding on to Ideals in Challenging Times

President Elizabeth D. Dickey's Remarks at the 2011 Bank Street Graduate School of Education Commencement ceremonies May 26, 2011 Good afternoon and welcome. On behalf of our entire community, congratulations to the Class of 2011! And thanks to your families and friends and members of the Graduate School faculty, who guided and nurtured you during these demanding years of graduate training. On this day, May 26, 2011, we launch 408 talented, dedicated, and idealistic people into roles related to teaching. Some of you will be in the classroom, others in museums and hospitals, some behind the scenes as writers, others in front as administrators. All of you bear the Bank Street stamp of approval. This means that, under the watchful eyes of your faculty, you have internalized methods and values that are almost 100 years old. Among our foundational beliefs are respect for children and the educational process, and an acknowledgement of the power of curiosity [...]

Holding on to Ideals in Challenging Times2013-06-13T14:30:03-04:00

Bank Street College's 39th annual Irma Black Awards

Writers, educators and other lovers of children's literature eagerly attended this year's Irma Black Picture Book Award in the Bankstreet Auditorium on May 19, 2011. About the Award The Award was established in 1972 in honor of the late Irma Simonton Black (and later her husband as well), who was for many years director of Bank Street's Publications Division, and a prolific children's book author. It is given to a book that meets Irma's own criteria for a great picture book: "a synthesis of text and art, each enhancing the other to produce a synergistic effect that makes the whole greater than its parts." The Award is unique in that children themselves choose the winner. Over a four-week period, children in various participating schools are read the books, then analyze and discuss them with their teachers/librarians, and finally vote for a winner. The vote tallies are then submitted to Bankstreet. The Award's new curriculum partnership with School Library [...]

Bank Street College's 39th annual Irma Black Awards2013-06-13T14:30:03-04:00

Pop-Up Repair shop merges sustainability and social activism

For Prof. Sandra Goldmark, the environmentalist mantra of “the three Rs”—recycle, reduce, reuse—is missing one other critical “R”: Repair. “It is a part of waste reduction and sustainability that is underdeveloped,” says Prof. Goldmark, a member of Barnard’s theatre faculty, who recently launched an initiative to make repairing items a viable alternative to throwing away and replacing them. Read more >> “We are facing enormous problems on this planet that can’t wait—we can’t just recycle our way out of this mess. We have to extend the life of objects as well,” says Goldmark. The heart of the project is a fix-it shop tucked in a tiny storefront on Broadway in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood. Open only for the month of June and funded primarily by an indiegogo.com campaign, Pop-Up Repair served local residents, who brought in broken objects to be fixed by a team of “repair wizards.” Led by Prof. Goldmark and her husband [...]

Pop-Up Repair shop merges sustainability and social activism2014-06-03T15:21:08-04:00

On NPR, Prof. Lynn Garafola reflects on revolutionary ballet performance

danceLynn GarafolaOn an NPR segment about the 1913 premiere of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," dance professor Lynn Garafola talks about this revolutionary ballet performance that shocked audiences a century ago. An excerpt: "This was not ballet," says Lynn Garafola, a professor of dance at Barnard College and author of a history called Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. "It was a style of expressive performance that was extremely violent, and that seemed to depart completely from conventional ballet vocabulary. It included a lot of stamping. It included jumps. It didn't aspire to be ethereal — in other words, to look like jumps that could hang in the air. ... They seemed to go up simply to crash down into the earth. And then there were parts where they were simply trembling, when their hands were in fists, doing something that seemed, for all the world, to be primitive." Listen and read. Prof. Garafola is an acclaimed dance [...]

On NPR, Prof. Lynn Garafola reflects on revolutionary ballet performance2013-07-15T16:51:35-04:00

Math Program Receives Grant to Develop Online Fieldwork

Robin Hummel Bank Street College of Education was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to support an online fieldwork and advisement pilot for the Leadership in Mathematics Education. The grant comes from 100Kin10, an organization driven by the goal of “providing America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers by 2021,” according to its website. Robin Hummel, Program Director for Bank Street’s math leadership programs, and Steven Goss, Director of Online Learning at Bank Street, will lead the effort to pilot the College’s first effort at taking student fieldwork and advisement entirely online. The pilot program will connect math teachers with Bank Street experts online over the course of a semester in order to test and improve the distance learning experience for Bank Street’s graduate students. The program will continue to build upon the student-centered approach for which Bank Street is famous. “Translating Bank Street pedagogy for distance teaching and learning requires much more [...]

Math Program Receives Grant to Develop Online Fieldwork2013-07-25T14:54:09-04:00

Barnard ranked among elite colleges with highest enrollment of low-income students

financial aidIn an article focusing on low-income students and their enrollment at the nation's top schools, The New York Times reported that "Efforts to Recruit Poor Students Lag at Some Elite Colleges." In contrast, Barnard College was ranked 5th among elite colleges with the highest enrollment of low-income students. During the 2010-11 academic year, 21% of Barnard students received Pell Grants, "the main form of federal aid for low- and moderate-income students." In presenting the argument, the piece unveiled data collected by the U.S. Department of Education which found "wide disparities among the most competitive private colleges." An excerpt from the article: "Researchers at Georgetown University have found that at the most competitive colleges, only 14 percent of students come from the lower 50 percent of families by income. That figure has not increased over more than two decades, an indication that a generation of pledges to diversify has not amounted to much. Top colleges differ [...]

Barnard ranked among elite colleges with highest enrollment of low-income students2013-07-31T19:44:00-04:00

Women in the World Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Academy

activismentrepreneurshipfeminismglobalReflections by Hilana Ezekiel ’15 On Monday July 29, 2013 Barnard College hosted the Women in the World Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Academy, sponsored by Newsweek and the Daily Beast. Fifty young women ages 18-25, selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants, attended the all-day conference that featured panels of successful women speaking about their own experiences as well as sessions on engaging in social entrepreneurship and activism. The day started with a panel entitled “Portrait of a Woman Leader”; one of the participants was Barnard President Debora Spar. Moderator and Vanity Fair writer Marie Brenner referenced Spar’s new book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, giving it a “two-word review: Buy it.” Spar’s book discusses women’s attempts to have it all and argues that having it all, in fact, is impossible. Spar mostly addressed the tension between being a career woman and a mother. While motherhood is not in my [...]

Women in the World Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Academy2013-08-02T18:59:00-04:00

Prof. Kimberly Marten discusses Obama's decision to cancel meeting with Putin

foreign policyKimberly MartenFollowing President Obama's decision to cancel his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Barnard political science professor Kimberly Marten appears on various news programs discussing the implications for US-Russia relations. Watch Prof. Marten on MSNBC's "Disrupt." From WNYC's "The Takeaway:" "... On Wednesday, President Obama announced his decision to cancel his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, marking the first time that an American president has called off a publicly announced visit to Russia since the end of the Cold War. The move is largely being attributed to frustration over Russia’s decision to offer temporary asylum to intelligence analyst and NSA leaker Edward Snowden, though American officials insist that issues of trade, missile defense and human rights were also factors at play. Kimberly Marten, professor of political science at Columbia University’s Barnard College, discusses the implications of the cancellation. ..." From KPFK's "Background Briefling with Ian Masters:""...We begin with today’s announcement from the White [...]

Prof. Kimberly Marten discusses Obama's decision to cancel meeting with Putin2013-08-08T21:01:00-04:00

Prof. Elizabeth Castelli pens article for The Nation

religionElizabeth CastelliIn The Nation, religion professor Elizabeth Castelli responds to the ongoing conversation about author Reza Aslan's creditbility as a scholar and historian. An excerpt: "One could go on through Zealot, pointing out places where Aslan represents a particular issue as straightforward and uncontroversial when, in fact, the matter remains the subject of considerable debate among specialists. Or one could ask about the method for his selection of scholarly works on which his discussion depends—and why many important works that would complicate his narrative are missing from the bibliography of the book. (The absence of traditional footnotes—the sine qua non of scholarly documentation—makes it quite difficult, if not impossible, to trace the lineage of many of the claims in the book, the lengthy bibliography at the end notwithstanding.) These would be among the numerous legitimate criticisms that historians of early Christianity and biblical scholars—specialists in the field—might lodge. But there is something else, more elemental to consider [...]

Prof. Elizabeth Castelli pens article for The Nation2013-08-09T20:41:00-04:00

Prof. Sheri Berman on Marx's lesson for Egypt

globalgovernmentSheri BermanFor The New York Times, political science professor Sheri Berman writes an opinion piece comparing the European Revolutions of 1848 to the current uprising underway in Egypt. An excerpt: "Karl Marx wrote that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. He had in mind the Revolution of 1848, when a democratic uprising against the French monarchy collapsed into a Bonapartist dictatorship just as the French Revolution had six decades earlier. In 1848, workers joined with liberals in a democratic revolt to overthrow the French monarchy. However, almost as soon as the old order collapsed, the opposition fell apart, as liberals grew increasingly alarmed by what they saw as “radical” working class demands. Conservatives were able to co-opt fearful liberals and reinstall new forms of dictatorship. Those same patterns are playing out in Egypt today — with liberals and authoritarians playing themselves, and Islamists playing the role of socialists. Once again, an inexperienced and [...]

Prof. Sheri Berman on Marx's lesson for Egypt2013-08-13T14:48:00-04:00

On Good Morning America and in Glamour magazine, President Spar explains why women should stop trying to "have it all"

presidentcareergenderfeminismDebora SparWatch President Spar on Good Morning America, as she discusses why young women should stop trying to be perfect. Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. In the current issue of Glamour magazine, read an article from her forthcoming book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection. An excerpt: "It wasn't supposed to be this hard. Like many women, I grew up believing we were equal to men, that we could have sex whenever we wanted, children whenever we chose, and work wherever we desired. For years, as a professor at Harvard Business School, I was the only woman in a room of alpha men and still I always felt equal. And I was. Then five years ago I was offered the chance to become president of Barnard College. There was barely a man in sight, and the change gave me a front-row view of what women are thinking and feeling now. We [...]

On Good Morning America and in Glamour magazine, President Spar explains why women should stop trying to "have it all"2013-08-14T15:59:00-04:00
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