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Bank Street College of Education

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photo by Tal Bar-Zemer
photo by Tal Bar-Zemer
photo by Tal Bar-Zemer
Plaque honoring alumna Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny, photo by Tal Bar-Zemer
A leader in progressive teacher education for more than 80 years
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Bank Street College of Education has been a leader in progressive child-centered teacher education for more than 80 years. The College is composed of a Graduate School of Education, a model School for Children, an onsite Family Center, a Division of Continuing Education, and a Publications and Media Group.

Bank Street worked with the Federal government to design the Civil Rights Act of 1965, as well as the national Head Start and Follow Through programs. The school's Bank Street Writers Laboratory was founded to encourage authors to produce children's literature that is consistent with the Bank Street understanding of how children develop. Among the writers who have been affiliated with the Lab are Margaret Wise Brown, author of Good Night Moon, and Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are. In 1981, Bank Street was awarded a federal grant to create the television series The Voyage of the Mimi.