International Initiatives & Partnerships

Graduate student Chris Black teaching at Duha School with Rwanda Education Assistance Project.

Teach Abroad Summer, 3 Nights of Sharing

for our Graduate Students


You are invited to any and all of 3 different Teach Abroad nights, where students and alumni who worked abroad this past summer will share some of their insights, struggles and joys.

First person narratives and photographs will be shared by various combinations of the following individuals:

Rwanda

Casey Yanella, Chris Black

Liberia

Kim Taylor, Yulanda Barratt

South Africa

Melissa Aives, Rachel Warren

Descriptions of teaching in Nepal and China (Summer 2015) will also be described by Bank Street faculty members who have worked in these settings.

Tuesday, September 30
7:00-9:00 PM
Children’s Dining Room

Thursday, October 9
7:00-9:00 PM
Children’s Dining Room

Tuesday, October 14
7:00-9:00 PM
Children’s Dining Room

 

Learn about your colleagues’ experiences and how you might prepare for a Teach Abroad experience this coming summer!

Please r.s.v.p to Esperanza Olivo—eolivo@bankstreet.edu

The Graduate School works internationally in 3 different ways

  1. Teach Abroad during summer

    Bank Street offers graduate students vetted opportunities to teach abroad during the summer months. Depending on the hemisphere and country, this may mean time in June, July and/or August. For shorter and more focused group learning experiences, please see Study Abroad Programs. (link)

    Teaching abroad in very different culture and surroundings helps educators mine what they know about working with children and collaborating with colleagues and families who face very different AND some quite similar challenges. Graduate students return with fresh perspectives and new ideas and usually their in-country colleagues can say the same.

    Teach Abroad Summer 2015 Country options:

    South Africa, Rwanda, Nepal and China

    Please see Teach Abroad Requirements & Application Processes webpage for more details.

  2. Capacity building

    Bank Street works with in a number of countries to help build infrastructure and create capacity for increasing child-centered and more democratic classrooms.

    For example, Leadership faculty and others have worked with Bulgarian principals and higher education faculty through America for Bulgaria Foundation and the Institute for International Education.

    Graduate faculty and alumni work with IPR in a partnership with Open Society Foundations (OSF), Open Society Initiatives of West Africa (OSIWA) and the Ministry of Education of Liberia in a large-scale effort that has four components: Co-creation of the National Intersectional Early Childhood Policy, Training Framework, culturally sensitive Program Assessments, Higher Education ECD plans and jointly created pilot Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programs since 2010 after three civil conflicts and now the Ebola epidemic has devastated the country’s infrastructure.

  3. Bank Street-inspired schools and technical assistance

    For decades, individual members of the Bank Street community have worked in a variety of educational capacities across the globe. In keeping with our interactional perspectives, we have brought new ideas (and some old ones) to people in other cultures, been changed by their work, and returned with renewed ways of approaching teaching and learning to share with faculty, staff and students. In 2013, the Graduate School embarked on an international initiative that provides a greater coherence to our work while enriching the opportunities in which both graduate students and faculty may teach and learn across a broader geographical canvas. This international work has ambitious goals and a strong theoretical foundation rooted in developmental-interaction as a way to think about education in a global and rapidly changing world.

    As with previous Bank Street international work, this initiative promises to move beyond simple knowledge transfer and aspire toward collaborative engagement.

What does international Bank Street work look like in an era of globalization?

For decades, individual members of the Bank Street community have worked in a variety of educational capacities across the globe. In keeping with our interactional perspectives, we have brought new ideas (and some old ones) to people in other cultures, been changed by their work, and returned with renewed ways of approaching teaching and learning to share with faculty, staff and students.

In 2013, the Graduate School embarked on an international initiative that provides a greater coherence to our work while enriching the opportunities in which both graduate students and faculty may teach and learn across a broader geographical canvas. This international work has ambitious goals and a strong theoretical foundation rooted in developmental-interaction as a way to think about education in a global and rapidly changing world.

This new initiative has three prongs—

  1. Faculty and students will continue to work in countries that request assistance with capacity-building to create stronger infrastructures for their specific schools and educational systems.
  2. Graduate student and faculty exchange opportunities (including shared research agendas) are currently being developed as a TEACH ABROAD program in Argentina, China, Nepal, Rwanda and Turkey.
  3. We will also partner with institutions abroad to develop teacher-education programs as well as demonstration schools and the on-going technical assistance that comes with using a Bank-Street inspired approach.

As with previous Bank Street international work, this initiative promises to move beyond simple knowledge transfer and aspire toward collaborative engagement. Click on any of the photographs below to view ongoing and recent work with our international partners.

Bank Street Faculty Partnering Abroad