Assistant to the Chair of the General Teacher Education Department
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
I am interested in helping graduate students to develop themselves as teaching persons; as people who are able to use themselves as a tool in the classroom, in their interactions with families and in their work with colleagues. Deepening their skills of observation and reflection are central to this work. Students at Bank Street grow in their ability to reflect about their goals, actions and values. At the same time, in an intertwined process, they learn to cultivate an attitude of compassionate curiosity about other people, supported by a deepening capacity to observe, inquire, listen and analyze. This is the basis of an ability to do more than tolerate others’ viewpoints, and instead, to learn to engage others richly, and in this way to grow together.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
Work with children (ages birth to 10), families, and teachers in schools, childcare programs, homes, prisons, and therapeutic and community settings; work with families under significant stress in underserved communities; work with incarcerated mothers and babies; work with support professionals, e.g. visiting nurses.
Bank Street College Faculty Educational Technologist; New Teachers Online Forum; New Educators Support Team Project Evaluator
Recent Professional Contributions
- Teacher education and staff development, as well as the development of curriculum materials for faculty in the United States and internationally, including classroom teachers, teacher trainers, administrators, museum educators, child care providers, staff developers, librarians, and higher education faculty.
- Bank Street College Faculty Mentor “Online Course Development Program”
- Bank Street College supervised fieldwork mentor
- Member, Faculty Advisory Committee
- Member, Faculty Planning Committee
- World AIDS Day Organizer, Bank Street College of Education
- Irma Simonton Black Award Committee
- Tenement Museum of New York consultation
- HEDS-Up Grant Participant
- Bank Street College Integrative Master’s Project Mentor
- M.S.Ed., Early Childhood and Elementary Education Specialization in Infant and Parent Development, Bank Street College of Education
- B.A., Psychology, Long Island University
Selected Publications and Presentations
Leipzig, J., & Silin, J. (Eds.). (2004). Occasional paper series 13: The first years out. New York: Bank Street College of Education.
Leipzig, J. (1994). Cooperative learning: Creating a classroom community. Early Childhood Today, 9(1), 62-69.
Leipzig, J. (1993). Community field trips. Pre-K Today, 7(8), 44-51.
Leipzig, J. (1992). Helping whole children grow: Nonsexist childrearing for infants and toddlers. In B. Neugebauer (Ed.), Alike and different: Exploring our humanity with young children. (2nd ed., pp. 32-41). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Leipzig, J. (1991). You are somebody! Messages that foster self-esteem. Pre-K Today, 6(3), 53-55.
Leipzig, J. (1986). Fostering prosocial development in infants and toddlers. In. D.P. Wolf (Ed.), Connecting: Friendship in the lives of young children and their teachers (pp. 27-33). Redmond, WA: Exchange Press.