COS: Council of Students

Each One Teach One 2014

This Fall's Each One Teach One will be held on Saturday, September 27th, 2014 from 9:00am - 2:00pm. Would you like to present a 25 min workshop or display this year? Please email Lily Cavanagh at lcavanagh@bankstreet.edu for more information.

Click here to see what we did during last year's event!

What is COS?

COS stands for Council of Students. Graduate students, that is. COS is an open-membership organization headed by a chair or co-chairs, who have volunteered to represent the concerns of Bank Street’s diverse graduate student body. Our primary mission is to make life better at Bank Street--for graduate students, and everyone else in our community!

COS accomplishes this by facilitating dialogue between Bank Street’s graduate students and the larger community in a number of ways. For example, members act as student liaisons between the Bank Street graduate students and:

  • The Bank Street administration
  • The Bank Street faculty & staff
  • The Bank Street continuing education department
  • The Bank Street facilities staff
  • The greater Morningside Heights community
  • The greater NYC educational community
  • The national network of Bank Street alumni

Members also meet monthly to discuss and plan a variety of events and initiatives. In the past, students have helped to organize:

  • Each One Teach One, a yearly showcase of collective educational expertise within the graduate student body and beyond
  • Orientation presentations to welcome new students
  • Affinity groups and advocacy groups, such as the Bank Street Anti-Racist Allies
  • A rotating showcase of graduate student art
  • Regular happy hours and field trips to build community at Bank Street and beyond

Welcome to Bank Street!

How can COS help me?

If you are a graduate student at Bank Street, COS can:

  • represent your interests in conversations with the greater Bank Street community
  • connect you with other students who share your interests
  • help you realize your ideas for improving life at Bank Street
  • facilitate free space rental for student activities
  • provide co-sponsoring funds for graduate student-led events
  • lend COS leadership expertise to your project

If you are interested in becoming a member of COS at Bank Street, COS can:

  • teach you new skills in social media, marketing, event-planning and professional development within the context of making life better at Bank Street
  • provide reimbursement for your investment in the Bank Street community by providing you with a voucher for continuing education class credits based on your volunteer hours
  • give you a great line item for your future teaching resume
  • provide you with great opportunities to connect with like-minded community-builders at Bank Street!

How can I keep in touch with COS?

If you’re interested in becoming a member of COS or contributing your talents to a COS project, please drop us a line at cos@bankstreet.edu!

If you’d like to stay up to date on coming events, please give us a follow at @bankststudents, and check back here for more info!

Attend one of our monthly meetings at Bank Street, which are advertised on Bank Street bulletin boards and online each month.

Student Survey

Each year, COS distributes a survey to students to facilitate input and provide an additional voice for students. This survey is our attempt to better understand and respond to student needs and will be going out in late September. What would you like us to ask about? E-mail us!

Student Trustee

The student trustee attends all scheduled meetings of the Bank Street College of Education Board of Trustees. She/he will be expected to provide a student perspective when pertinent issues are in front of the Board. The student trustee also gathers and shares information from and for the graduate student body by reporting to and hearing from students. In addition, she/he will work with the Council of Students (COS); Jon Snyder, Dean of the Graduate School.

The student trustee is elected to a one-year term. Elections are held every spring for the following academic year.

Qualifications: Applicants must be in good standing with a minimum of one year of study remaining at Bank Street. She/he should be interested in issues of governance and in advocacy on behalf of fellow students. Excellent speaking and organizational skills are essential. Applicants cannot be in staff positions at Bank Street.