Shael Polakow-Suransky

Picture1.jpgPresident, Bank Street College of Education 
New York, NY

Shael Polakow-Suransky is the president of Bank Street College of Education. Under his leadership, Bank Street is building new models for teacher education, expanding its work with public schools and child care centers, and focusing on translating innovative education practices into policies that work at scale. 

Previously, he was the second-in-command at the New York City Department of Education, serving as Chief Academic Officer and Senior Deputy Chancellor. Shael oversaw teaching and learning across more than 1,600 district schools and was a strong advocate for teacher and principal autonomy, balanced accountability, and reforms designed to improve learning experiences for the city's most vulnerable students. Earlier in his career, Shael worked as a teacher and founding principal of Bronx International High School. He holds a BA from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bank Street.