Bank Street Helps Ease Lingering Sandy Trauma

Bank Street’s Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice (ERP), led by Lesley Koplow, “provides ongoing professional development and on-site consultation to early childhood programs and elementary schools in the area of early childhood development. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ERP received a grant of $50,000 from the Robin Hood Foundation to work with two elementary schools and a Head Start center in Far Rockaway, aiding children and staff whose lives were upended by the storm’s devastation. Read more >

Bank Street Helps Ease Lingering Sandy Trauma2013-06-13T14:35:38-04:00

Principal Review Form

Hello and welcome to the SABI Initiative. With support from West Harlem Development Corporation, Community Board 9's neighborhood schools have access to support through the SABI Initiative. Our goals are to assist individual parents, school leaders, and parent leaders who are raising funds by offering small grants (up to $2,000) in support of student and family enrichment programs. As a principal, your support is critical. Please review the application submitted to us by your school's teacher, staff, or parent leader. After responding to some questions, please indicate your support (sign-off) by submitting this form. For more information about the Initiative, please visit our Facebook Page at SABI Project and "like" the page! If you have any questions - do not hesitate to reach out to SABI Initiative staff at Morningside Area Alliance, 212-749-1570. Thank you!

Principal Review Form2013-07-10T15:56:25-04:00

Application for SABI Support

Dear SABI applicant, Thank you for your committment to the children of this community.  We look forward to learning more about your project and how we can support your work.  To the right, you will eligibility requirements for a SABI project grant, our selection criterion, and links to support posted projects. If you have any questions, please give Anna Miller, Sabi project manager a call at 212-749-1570 or email to The SABI Application has five parts: Project Overview, Planned Impacts, Staffing and Management, Budget, and Fundraising Survey. Your text responses should be brief.

Application for SABI Support2013-07-22T16:14:50-04:00

Dean Snyder Comments on Teacher Education Ratings

To the members of the Bank Street community,  On Tuesday June 18, U.S. News and World Report will publish ratings of university-based teacher education programs with each program receiving a grade on a four point scale.  The grade will be based upon information collected by the National Center for Teaching Quality (NCTQ).  Based in Washington DC, according to their website, “The National Council on Teacher Quality was founded in 2000 to provide an alternative national voice to existing teacher organizations.”  We do not know what grade Bank Street’s teacher education programs will receive.  That is why I am writing to you now.  The professional preparation of teachers and the growth and development of the children who will be in their care is much too important to spend our time worrying about an attempt to assign a single letter grade to our work. We have many other, and much better, sources of evidence. Among the other sources of information we [...]

Dean Snyder Comments on Teacher Education Ratings2013-07-14T04:24:08-04:00

Liberty LEADS 2nd Annual Benefit

Liberty LEADS is pleased to report that our Spring Benefit was a resounding success! On June 3rd, we hosted a festive evening at Havana Central for Liberty donors, alumni, Advisory Board Members, staff, students and parents. We welcomed several new friends to the Liberty LEADS community and reported on the many successes of the program during the school year. We also presented awards to Carol Van Atten and Kenneth D. Merin from the Charles Hayden Foundation, Jerrel Burney, Budget Director for NYC City Councilwoman Inez Dickens and a Liberty alumnus, and Mara Rodriguez, a graduating senior from the program. Please visit our 2nd Annual Benefit page for more detail and a photo gallery.

Liberty LEADS 2nd Annual Benefit2013-07-14T04:24:09-04:00

Study Advances New Theory of How the Brain Is Wired

For decades, scientists thought they had a pretty clear understanding of how signals move through the cerebral cortex.  Now a study by Columbia neuroscientist Dr. Randy Bruno indicates this longstanding view is incorrect. Looking at how sensory information is processed in rats, Bruno found that signals are processed in two parts of the cortex simultaneously rather than in series—almost as if there are two brains.

Study Advances New Theory of How the Brain Is Wired2013-07-14T04:24:13-04:00

Historian Views 19th Century America Through Lens of Butterfly Collecting

Columbia history professor William R. Leach’s interests cross over many fields—and meadows too. As a lifelong butterfly collector, Leach has traversed open fields, streambeds and orchards in pursuit of the flying insects whose metamorphosis from fuzzy caterpillar to beautiful winged creature has inspired generations of artists and poets.Now he has parlayed his experience into a book showing how butterfly collecting was at the heart of America’s enthusiasm for the natural world in the decades after the Civil War. In Butterfly People: An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World, the cultural historian takes readers on a journey to a time before the arts and sciences were clearly separated, and aesthetics played an important role in the pursuit of knowledge about Lepidoptera—moths and butterflies.

Historian Views 19th Century America Through Lens of Butterfly Collecting2013-07-14T04:24:13-04:00

Planning in the Near Term for Climate Change

When scientists talk about climate change, they usually mean significant changes in the measures of climate over several decades or longer. Climate variability generally refers to seasonal changes over a year or so. Lisa Goddard, an expert on climate change and variability, focuses on where the two intersect. As director of the Earth Institute’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, based at Columbia’s Lamont campus, she looks into climate variations over a two-to-20 year time frame.

Planning in the Near Term for Climate Change2013-07-14T04:24:14-04:00

Community Outreach Opportunity: Family Days!

Dear Past and Potential Participants, We are excited and energized by the possibilities for this year’s Family Days. Family Days is part of the NYC Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program. Booths and activities are generously provided by local community organizations. Family Days is a wonderful opportunity for these organizations to meet people in the community and get their program information out. We have found that organizations do very well at our event when they provide an activity for kids and families to participate in. We would love to have your group participate in Family Days! This year’s events will take place on two Sundays: Sept 8 and Sept 15. We’ve hosted Family Days for the past three years in the spring and this year, we are hosting in the fall. In addition, we will expand to include local organizations from outside the traditional BID borders of Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues to include the larger historic [...]

Community Outreach Opportunity: Family Days!2013-08-05T11:41:46-04:00
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