About

The Occasional Papers Series is a forum for work that extends, deepens and challenges the progressive legacy on which the college is built. The series seeks to promote discussion about what it means to educate in a democracy and to meet the interrelated demands of equity and excellence.

We are interested in research, practice and policy-based papers from a broad array of theoretical perspectives. We encourage authors from within and outside the Bankstreet community who employ either traditional or non-traditional representational strategies to submit their work for review. Please see instructions below.

Jonathan G. Silin, Editor

Jonathan Silin is a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, and co-founder of the educational consulting firm Partners for School Change, Inc. He is the author of Sex, Death, and the Education of Children: Our Passion for Ignorance in the Age of AIDS and My Father’s Keeper: The Story of a Gay Son and His Aging Parents. He is coauthor of Putting the Children First: The Changing Face of Newark's Public Schools and co-producer of Children Talk About AIDS. His writings have appeared in many publications, including Educational Theory, Harvard Educational Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, and The New York Times. Most recently his work was the subject of a special issue of Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood.

Jonathan has spent his life working in and out of classrooms to promote innovative, equitable, and socially relevant curriculum. At Bank Street, he was a member of the Graduate School faculty from 1995 to 2008. Through his work on Occasional Papers, and across all of his teaching and writings, he invites students and readers to consider the challenges and opportunities afforded by the most difficult — often confusing — moments in our lives and the lives of those for whom we care.