Lucy Sprague Mitchell

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Lucy Sprague Mitchell
1st President of Bank Street College of Education
In office
Succeeded by John H. Niemeyer
Personal details
Born Lucy Sprague
Died 1967
Spouse(s) Wesley Clair Mitchell
Residence New York City
Alma mater Radcliffe College
Profession Educator, writer

Lucy Sprague Mitchell (1878–1967)[1] was an American educator and the founder of Bank Street College of Education.[2]

A Radcliffe graduate, Mitchell was the first dean of women at the University of California at Berkeley, where she lectured in the English Department and promoted educational and career opportunities for women students from 1903–1912.[3] In 1916, influenced by the work of John Dewey, Mitchell founded the Bureau of Educational Experiments (BEE) in New York City to study and develop optimal learning environments for children.[4]


  1. ^ "Mitchell, Lucy Sprague". Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ Chesler, Ellen (March 22, 1987). "She Wanted it All, and Got It". New York Times. Retrieved March 7, 2015. 
  3. ^ Ruyle, Janet. "Dean Lucy Sprague, the Partheneia, and the Arts" (PDF). Chronicle of the University of California. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "A Brief History". Bank Street College of Education. Retrieved March 8, 2015.