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First Annual CSI Educational Forum

Manhattanville launched the Changing Suburbs Institute (CSI) with an Educational Forum that was held at Manhattanville College on June 1, 2006.  Over 70 teachers, administrators, community leaders attended.  Andy Spano, Westchester County Executive, kicked off the event with a welcome.  Dr. David Berliner, Regents' Professor at Arizona State University and co-author of The Manufactured Crisis, was the keynote speaker.  He spoke about research and promising practices for educating Hispanic students in the Northeast. 

A Panel Discussion addressed topics on educating a diverse student body and ideas to promote educational opportunities for Hispanic students.  The panel was comprised of Dr. Eileen Santiago, Principal, Edison Community School; Mr. Timothy Connors, Superintendent, White Plains School District; Dr. Larry Leverett, Superintendent, Greenwich Public Schools; and Ms. Estee Lopez, Director, Instructional Programs and English Language Learning Instruction, New Rochelle School District.  The panel was moderated by Dr. George Castellanos, Associate Professor, Latin American Studies - Manhattanville College.

Second Annual Forum

The second annual CSI Educational Forum was held on Friday, June 8, 2007 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.  Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education from Stanford University, and Dr. Robert MacNaughton, Superintendent of Ramapo Central School District, were the keynote speakers.  County Executive Andy Spano gave the opening remarks for the event, and Senator Suzi Oppenheimer was the luncheon speaker. Workshops were held that covered topics pertaining to educating Hispanic students.  Topics included Differentiated Instruction, Cultural Sensitivity, Developmental Stress Disorders, Literacy through the Arts, Professional Development School Project Outcomes, and Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol. 


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Linda Darling-Hammond delivers her keynote speech at the June 8, 2007 Ed Forum

One hundred twenty teachers, administrators, community and business organizations, and students attended the event.  This represents almost a 40% growth in attendance from last year's Educational Forum.

Third Annual Forum

For the Third Annual CSI Educational Forum held on Friday, April 11, 2008, CSI was honored to have Dr. Richard Allington, Professor of Education from The University of Tennessee as the morning Keynote Speaker.  His presentation topic focused on research based principles of why most poor readers remain poor readers.


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School of Ed Dean Shelley Wepner, Manhattanville President Berman, and Dr. Dick Allington, the CSI Ed Forum morning keynote speaker (l to r)

Workshops were also held on topics that addressed professional development for educators relative to the education if diverse students.  

Attendees were give the choice of seven workshops on topics that included Parent/Teacher Communications Strategies for Engaging Immigrant Families in American Schooling; Movement Based Learning in Diverse Educational Settings; Building Literacy Through Creating Original Texts; Mentoring Latinas; Critical Literacy Practices; Achievement for Middle School Students; and Multicultural Literature and Literacy Development.

The workshops were delivered by teachers and administrators from Westchester schools, and Manhattanville Faculty.


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Sharon Schneider from Hofstra leads her workshop on Movement Based Learning at the CSI Educational Forum on April 11, 2008

The premier Manhattanville College choral group, the Quintessentials, performed for the audience during lunch.

The afternoon keynote speaker was Dr. James Garbarino, Professor of Education and Maude C. Clark Chair in Humanistic Psychology at Loyola University.   Dr. Garbarino spoke about the sources of strength and risk for suburban children and youth.


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Dr. James Garbarino, Loyola University, delivers his afternoon keynote address at the April 11, 2008 Educational Forum

Fourth Annual Forum

The Fourth Annual Educational Forum was held on Friday, March 27, 2009 here at Manhattanville.  The theme of this year's conference was Flourishing in a Culturally Diverse Classroom and Community.

We were honored to have such high powered keynote speakers again this year.  The conference keynote speakers were:
Eugene Garcia, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Arizona State University & Vice President of Education Partnerships; Chair of National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics; author of new book Teaching and Learning in Two Languages: Bilingualism and Schooling in the United State.
Dr. Garcia's keynote topic was "Reducing the Achievement Gap for ELL Students."


Eugene Garcia photo  Eugene Garcia delivers his morning keynote speech at the forum


Sonia Nieto, Ph.D., Professor Emerita-Language, Literacy & Culture, University of Massachusetts; author of The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, Why We Teach. Dr. Nieto's keynote topic was "Promoting Powerful Learning Communities for All Students: Lessons from Teachers."


Sonia Nieto photo Sonia Nieto delivers her afternoon keynote address. 

Several workshops were presented at the forum.  They were developed and presented by SOE Faculty and administrators and teachers from local Westchester school districts:

  • Preparing ELLs for Success on the ELA: An Overview of Essential Elements in ELS/Bilingual Programs in Port Chester by Jessica O'Donovan
  • Parent/Teacher Communications Strategies by Maria Flores from Port Chester


Parent  Teacher Strategies photo Maria Flores from the Edison School in Port Chester presents her workshop on Parent/Teacher Communications Strategies.
  • Community Mapping: Raising Cultural Awareness by Kristen Rainville
  • Response to Intervention: A Framework for Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Diane Gomez and Diane Lang
  • Supporting Emergent Literacy Among English Language Learners: A Suburban Community Model by Zoila Tazi from Ossining
  • Adolescent English Language Learners by Courtney Kelly
  • Reflections of Self Through Transmediation: Exploring Ethnodrama and Multicultural Texts by MaryAnn Reilly, Jane Gangi, Zachary Moore (Theatre Department), and Mville students Stephanie Manning and Crystal Gonzales
    Jane Gangi and Mary Ann Reilly photo SOE Professors Jane Gangi and Mary Ann Reilly present their workshop on the front lawn of the Castle.

    Professional Development School Programs and Outcomes facilitated by JoAnne Ferrara.  Presenters were
    Ms. Marge Clarkson, Principal-R.J. Bailey Elementary School (Greenburgh 7)
    Dr. Terry Klemm, Principal-George Washington Elementary School (White Plains)
    Dr. Eileen Santiago, Principal-Edison Community School (Port Chester)
    Ms. Cynthia Slotkin, Principal-Jefferson Elementary School (New Rochelle)
    PDS Programs Panel photo The panel presentation on PDS programs and outcomes facilitated by SOE Professor  JoAnne Ferrara with PDS Principals (l to r): Eileen Santiago, Cynthia Slotkin, Terri Klemm, Marge Clarkson

Congresswoman Nita Lowey addressed the audience during lunch. The SOE CSI honored Congresswoman Lowey for her support of CSI, and honored President Richard Berman for his leadership and continued support of CSI prior to and since the program's inception.

Nita Lowey photo Congresswoman Nita Lowey speaks during lunch.

The Quintessentials once again performed for the forum attendees during lunch.

Quintessentials photo The Manhattanville College Quintessentials perform during lunch.

Over 160 teachers, administrators, students, and community organizations attended the conference. This was the largest attendance at any CSI educational forum. 

The annual educational forum was co-sponsored by the Edith Winthrop Teachers Center of Westchester and The Teachers Center of Central Westchester.

The School of Ed and the CSI Committee developed and introduced a new course that awards graduate credit and incorporates the CSI program with the main focus on the Educational Forum. 

A central goal of the Changing Suburbs Institute is to provide program and professional development to schools, teachers, administrators and teacher education programs. In response to the expressed need of the CSI Consortium members, the SOE is now offering a graduate course of 1 credit in conjunction with CSI's Fourth Annual Educational Forum and other School of Education events in the 2009 Spring semester.  

Diane Gomez and Diane Lang developed the one-credit course that will be offered in the Spring, 2009.  Below is information on the course.   The course is entitled CSI Multicultural Classrooms and Communities. 

This course presents the issues of multicultural education and diverse populations in classrooms and communities.  Students will explore a variety of media and formats to investigate the problems, assess the impact of the changing demographics in suburban school districts and formulate some solutions to improve the educational opportunities of the culturally and linguistically diverse populations found in the suburbs.

Fifth Annual Educational Forum

Friday, March 5, 2010, 8:30 am-2:45 pm
Manhattanville College, Reid Castle

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Timothy Shanahan - University of Illinois at Chicago
"Reducing the Achievement Gap for ELLs"

Dr. Marcelo Suarez-Orozco - The Courtney Sale Ross University Professor at New York University
"Globalization, Immigration and Education"

Keynote speakers are cosponsored by:

  • The Teachers Center of Central Westchester
  • The Edith Winthrop Teachers Center of Westchester


A Collaborative Initiative to Improve Educational Opportunities for Hispanic Students in Changing Suburbs

Sixth Annual Educational Forum

Dual Language Education

Friday, April 8, 2011
8:30 am - 2:45 pm

Manhattanville College, Reid Castle, West Room

Keynote Speakers:

  • Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
  • Virginia Collier, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, George Mason University with Wayne Thomas, Ph.D., Senior Researcher