Bank Street began in 1916 as the Bureau of Educational Experiments, signaling founder Lucy Sprague Mitchell's resolve that education begin with the scientific study of children to understand their needs and interests. It is just not possible, she argued, to design the right school, or change a failed one, if we do not know, first of all, how children learn.

The books, articles, and student work in the Centennial Collection of Educate form a body of knowledge about Bank Street College of Education and about our approach to teaching and learning.

For further information about Bank Street History, please visit our Archive Collection


Browse the College History and Archives Collections:

69 Bank Street

Bank Street Thinkers

Centennial Books

Children Here and Now ... Notes from 69 Bank Street

Independent Studies

Media Collection

Progressive Education in Context

Thought and Practice: (1987-1991) the Journal of the Graduate School of Bank Street College of Education