Build Your Skills as a School District Leader

Learn from more than 100 years of progressive education.

Take the Lead
with Bank Street

Build Your Skills as a Leader

Learn from more than 100 years of progressive education experience.

with Bank Street

The Bank Street School District Leader program prepares professional educators to earn an important credential that helps them transition out of the classroom into leadership position. Educators who qualify for their certification in School District Leader are prepared to take on advanced roles as leaders ready to make a difference on a large scale. This program is uniquely designed to empower educational and administrative leaders with the tools for collaborative, compassionate, and humanistic change.

Become a Bank Street-Trained Teacher or Educational Leader

Bank Street is highly respected by practitioners as a place deeply committed to educators, teaching, and children.Our graduates prepare to help transform districts and schools and help children and adults reach their highest potential. Employers love Bank Street-trained educators, too—5% of all New York City public school leaders are Bank Street alumni.

The Bank Street Approach to Leadership Education

Leadership programs at Bank Street offer more, helping you become a leader who knows how to think creatively, work collaboratively, understand and reflect. You will learn Bank Street’s progressive approach to teaching and learning, participate in class activities that reflect the types of active learning structures that lead to transformational learning, and participate advisement groups that provide opportunities to understand the group process by being active participants.

Unique Pedagogy

  • At Bank Street, you will lead through personal transformation and reflective practice. You will lead, aiming for social justice and equality. Our developmental-interactive approach recognizes that both children and adults learn best when they are actively engaged with materials, ideas, and people.

Thoughtful Administration

  • Students in the district leadership program will learn the skills and gain the knowledge needed to be outstanding administrators, become confident in their decision making, and develop the ability to manage budgets and other technical aspects of district leadership.

Progressive Leadership

  • Bank Street goes beyond administration to teach you how to improve education by supporting and mentoring teachers and administrators so they may begin to acknowledge their own strengths and contributions to the change process. This stance supports meaningful school transformation that benefits students and teachers a like.
jessica diaz bank street graduate
Meet Alumni who Have Transitioned to Leadership Roles

“We bonded over growing pains and the anxieties and concerns we had as we prepared for demanding leadership roles. The coursework also prepared me in a really special way and taught me how to facilitate conversations with other educators that might be difficult—conversations in which you have to be radically candid and bring issues to the forefront that people don’t want to talk about. My education at Bank Street was transformative.”

Jessica Diaz
‘08 and ‘09


In addition to our School District Leadership Program, our educational leadership offerings prepare candidates to assume teacher, school, district, and museum leadership roles in a diverse range of settings.

Bank Street offers certification and non-certification programs in:

  • Early Childhood Leadership (non-degree; on campus and online)
  • Leadership for Educational Change
  • Leadership in Mathematics Education
  • Leadership in Museum Education
  • Progressive Leadership (on campus and online)

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