Overview

Josh Thomases has been involved in New York City schools for over two decades. A graduate of Bank Street with a Masters in Educational Leadership, Josh began his career as a founding teacher and leader of El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, one of the strongest high schools in New York City. In 2004, Josh brought that expertise to the central Department of Education where he was responsible for identifying, developing, approving, and supporting the opening of over 350 small schools. In 2014, Josh joined Bank Street College as the Dean of Innovation, Policy, & Research, where his focus has been on extending Bank Street’s work with communities, developing new programs and building a research and policy agenda for the institution.

I am excited to work in partnership with a set of like-minded colleagues who are committed to partnering across the country.

Why did you decide to join Deans for Impact?

Deans for Impact represents for me the opportunity to imagine and explore productive, viable and scalable solutions to the challenge of ensuring every entering teacher is ready. I am excited to work in partnership with a set of like-minded colleagues who are committed to partnering across the country.


What is one pivotal moment in your career in educator preparation that left a positive impact on you or others?

My most pivotal moment came before joining Bank Street College of Education. As New York City’s Deputy Chief Academic Officer for over four years, I oversaw the nation’s largest school district transition from a goal of a high school diploma to a goal of college and career readiness for every child. Central to that effort was a deep set of work on teaching practice in the classroom pre-K –12. What became abundantly clear in the work in New York City is that teaching professionals, deeply committed to the craft of teaching and to their content, are the most powerful lever we have to change children’s lives.


What most excites you about the opportunity to transform the field of educator preparation in the years ahead?

Ask any child and any parent: teachers make or break the learning experience. If we can thoughtfully lead to a deeper and richer strengthening of the profession by strengthening the point of entry, we can transform the learning experience for our children.


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