Celebrating Anna Allanbrook’s career at the Brooklyn New School


“As I’ve got older, I’ve become much better. It’s almost instinctual. It’s not about what university someone attended, it’s about passion and love for children.” – Anna Allanbrook, The New York Times, 2013


Since 2000, Anna Allanbrook has been the principal of Public School 146 in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, one of the highest achieving elementary schools in the city. After 20 years of dedication, Anna is retiring after the 2020/2021 school year. To honor her career, the BNS PTA is hosting a series of conversations over the next five months that will examine themes drawn from the roots of progressive education that are at the core of BNS values. Anna’s commitment to engaging these themes is what makes our school endure as fads in education come and go. Join the conversation!

ABOUT THE PANEL

This panel discussion will bring together a group of founding parents and teachers—including Anna, a substitute teacher the first year–who, in 1987, had grown tired of the status quo and wanted a school in their neighborhood to look like the Brooklyn they knew: racially, ethnically, economically diverse, and progressively oriented. BNS was part of a collaborative vision of progressive public education that took the radical approach of centering children in the learning process, and engaging a vision of the world they wanted to realize. Regina Godfrey, who served as assistant principal starting in 2001 – 2016, will moderate a lively discussion to dig deep into the founding principles, which resonate today as profoundly as they did at the beginning.


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MODERATOR:

Benita R. Miller, Esq. (former BNS parent) is a Children & Family Advocate focused on developing programs and systems that lift vulnerable communities out of poverty.

PANELISTS

Alyce Barr

Jenny Hardy

Maria Lazarini

Tanya Bacchus 

Cora Sangree


PANELS DATES

  • January 13, 2021: Radical Beginnings, BNS Founding and Vision
  • February 10, 2021: Teaching with a Social Justice Lens
  • March 10, 2021: Science and Sustainability
  • April 7, 2021: The Arts and Education 
  • May 5, 2021: Hopes and Dreams: Looking Forward


Part 1: Radical Beginnings, BNS
Founding and Vision

January 13 / 7:00 PM

From its founding, the Brooklyn New School has been committed to social justice. The span of Anna’s career has seen many important issues surface, and under her leadership the BNS community has chosen values-led engagement over apathy. With this panel discussion, we will investigate the meaning of social justice education and examine BNS ethical values. We will celebrate ways in which our community has fostered parent learning and empowerment as well as youth-led protest. Join us as we remember our past, grapple with our struggles, and recommit to the cause in this celebration.



Stay tuned for the full video of the Jan 13th event!


“Leave us, YES – but leave us and remember…

Go off to middle school

Study hard

Learn

AND DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

Then, one day, when you have nothing better to do, come back and visit.”


Part 2: Teaching with a
Social Justice Lens

February 10 / 7:00 PM

Where: on Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83302325457?pwd=TGxOMXRodEZHc3p3YndsVXJLSDNuUT09
Meeting ID: 833 0232 5457
Passcode: 146146, One tap mobile
+19292056099,,83302325457#,,,,*146146# US (New York)

WHO: Current families (including children), all staff, alumni, and friends of BNS are welcome to join the conversation.

What Are We Willing to Stand Up For? Teaching with a Social Justice Lens at BNS

From its founding, the Brooklyn New School has been committed to social justice. The span of Anna’s career has seen many important issues surface, and under her leadership the BNS community has chosen values-led engagement over apathy. With this panel discussion, we will investigate the meaning of social justice education and examine BNS ethical values. We will celebrate ways in which our community has fostered parent learning and empowerment as well as youth-led protest. Join us as we remember our past, grapple with our struggles, and recommit to the cause in this celebration.


“As a senior principal I feel a duty to speak honestly about what’s going on. By my age, my position is relatively safe; I feel like I’ve learned a lot and should express what younger principals and teachers are too scared to say.”


Part 3: SCIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY NIGHT

March 10 / 7:00 PM

Where: on Zoom
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83302325457?pwd=TGxOMXRodEZHc3p3YndsVXJLSDNuUT09
Meeting ID: 833 0232 5457
Passcode: 146146, One tap mobile
+19292056099,,83302325457#,,,,*146146# US (New York)

WHO: Current families (including children), all staff, alumni, and friends of BNS are welcome to join the conversation.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Remember Science Night, the Green Committee, and Ecorama? Remember composting in the lunchroom, the kids climate march, and the plans to build a green roof? This session will embody the BNS experience, so get ready to think, explore, interrogate, and create. Join Anna, Barbara, and a number of panelists from BNS past and present to discuss science and sustainability in the curriculum, in the building, and in our community. Help us celebrate Anna’s commitment to teaching and living a sustainable life.

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