On Tuesday, May 15, 2012, Bank Street College received a much anticipated visit from Congressman Tim Bishop, who is the US Representative for New York’s 1st Congressional District (Suffolk County).
Congressman Bishop’s current work as a politician focuses heavily on education as he serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and advocating for continued federal support for student aid. But his life and work prior to his political career are also rooted in education. Before taking office in 2003, the congressman had served as the Provost for Southampton College from 1973 until 2002. And in addition, Congressman Bishop’s wife Kathy Bishop is an educator and the founder of The Children’s School, a nursery school in Southampton.
During his visit, Congressman Bishop toured the School for Children, learned about the impact of the Graduate School’s leadership programs, and took the time to meet and read to the young children in the Family Center.
‘See, Feel, and Learn’
In his discussions with college leadership, which included Dean Jon Snyder and President Elizabeth Dickey, Rep. Bishop learned about Bank Street’s breadth and depth of expertise on matters of teaching, learning, and policy. He also took note of the College’s challenges as a provider of higher education in the digital era and in the context of the current economy, particularly regarding the potential for online education and technology in the classrooms.
Balancing privacy with accountability in teacher evaluations was also discussed, as was the issue of cost when it comes to higher education. He noted,
We’ve talked a lot