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Changing Suburbs Institute® Past Events
Ninth Annual Educational Forum

The Ninth Annual Educational Forum was held on April 8, 2014. Keynote speakers were MaryEllen Vogt, Professor Emerita of Education at California State University, Long Beach, whose address was titled "The SIOP Model: Providing Diverse Learners with Access to Content and Language," and David Berliner, Regents Professor Emeritus of Education at Arizona State University, whose address was titled "Confronting Educational Myths and Lies with Research, Logic, and by Shaming the Perpetrators."

Eighth Annual Educational Forum

The Eighth Annual Educational Forum was held on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. The theme of the conference was "Practical Classroom Strategies" and the keynote speakers were Debbie Zacarian, Director of the Center for English Language Education at the Collaborative for Education Services, who spoke on "Mastering Academic Language: A Framework for Supporting Student Achievement"; and Patricia Velasco, Assistant Professor and Bilingual Education Program Coordinator at Queens College, who spoke on "Integrating Content and Language Goals for Emergent Bilinguals."

Seventh Annual Educational Forum

The Seventh Annual Educational Forum was held on Friday, March 30, 2012. Keynote speakers were Ronald A. Berk , Professor Emeritus, Johns Hopkins University, who presented "Humor and Multimedia to Engage the Net Generation" and Betsy Rhymes, Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, who presented "Everyday Engagements with Diversity: Communicative Repertoires and Classroom Discourse."

Sixth Annual Educational Forum

The Sixth Annual Educational Forum was held on Friday, April 8, 2011, and the theme for the day was Dual Language Education for ELLs and Immigrant Students. Keynote speakers were Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University and Virginia Collier, Professor Emerita, George Mason University, with Wayne Thomas, Senior Researcher.

Fifth Annual Educational Forum

The Fifth Annual Educational Forum was held on Friday, March 5, 2010. The morning keynote speakers were Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois at Chicago, whose presentation was titled "Reducing the Achievement Gap for ELLs." The afternoon keynote speaker was Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, Courtney Sale Ross University Professor at New York University, whose topic was, "Globalization, Immigration and Education."

Fourth Annual Educational Forum

The Fourth Annual Educational Forum was held on Friday, March 27, 2009. The theme of this year's conference was Flourishing in a Culturally Diverse Classroom and Community. The conference keynote speakers were Eugene Garcia, Professor of Education, Arizona State University & Vice President of Education Partnerships, and Chair of National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics. Professor Garcia's keynote topic was "Reducing the Achievement Gap for ELL Students."

Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita of Language, Literacy & Culture, University of Massachusetts gave the afternoon keynote, titled, "Promoting Powerful Learning Communities for All Students: Lessons from Teachers."

Third Annual Educational Forum

The Third Annual CSI Educational Forum was held on Friday, April 11, 2008. Richard Allington, Professor of Education from the University of Tennessee was the morning keynote speaker. Professor Allington's presentation focused on research-based principles of why most poor readers remain poor readers.

The premier Manhattanville College choral group, the Quintessentials, performed for the audience during lunch and the afternoon keynote speaker was James Garbarino, Professor of Education and Maude C. Clark Chair in Humanistic Psychology at Loyola University. Professor Garbarino spoke about the sources of strength and risk for suburban children and youth.

Second Annual Educational Forum

The second annual CSI Educational Forum was held on Friday, June 8, 2007. Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education from Stanford University, and Robert MacNaughton, Superintendent of Ramapo Central School District, were the keynote speakers. County Executive Andy Spano gave the opening remarks, and Senator Suzi Oppenheimer was the luncheon speaker.

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


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. David Berliner, Regents' Professor at Arizona State University and co-author of The Manufactured Crisis, was the keynote speaker. Professor Berliner 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 Eileen Santiago, Principal, Edison Community School; Timothy Connors, Superintendent, White Plains School District; Larry Leverett, Superintendent, Greenwich Public Schools; and Estee Lopez, Director, Instructional Programs and English Language Learning Instruction, New Rochelle School District. The panel was moderated by George Castellanos, Associate Professor of Latin American Studies, Manhattanville College.


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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)



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



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


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



Sonia Nieto photo Sonia Nieto delivers her afternoon keynote address. 
Parent  Teacher Strategies photo Maria Flores from the Edison School in Port Chester presents her workshop on Parent/Teacher Communications Strategies.

  • 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.

    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
Nita Lowey photo Congresswoman Nita Lowey speaks during lunch.
Quintessentials photo The Manhattanville College Quintessentials perform during lunch.