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Hispanic Parents Leadership Institute

CSI has an important program component called the Parents Leadership Institute. CSI in collaboration with some of its partner school districts (Ossining, Port Chester, and New Rochelle) plan and coordinate programs specifically for parents of Hispanic students in changing suburb schools. This program provides parents with information on the US educational system and helps them to be leaders in their communities and to be advocates for their children's education.

The Fifth Annual Hispanic Parents Leadership Conference was held on Friday, November 4, 2011 at Manhattanville College.

Past Events

A workshop for Hispanic Parents on Special Education was held at Manhattanville on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. This workshop was planned and organized by the CSI Parents Committee (see above). The purpose of this workshop was to provide parents of IEP students with fundamental information about special education terms and processes. Joan Black, Liaison for HESC; Mikki Malow, Assistant Professor of Special Education at Mville SOE; and Maria Flores, Edison Community School Coordinator presented information about the special education designation process and the rights of parents in this process. Three workshops were presented for parents: "What You Can Do at Home to Help Your Child" by Lynn Huber, Assistant Professor at Mville SOE; "Helping Children with Learning Disabilities to Have Positive Behavior and Academic Success" by Joan Black, HESC Liaison and Neil Garofano, Child Psychologies; and "Helping Your Child With Special Needs to Succeed" by Abby Deschappelles, Special Educator, and Stephanie Squires, Professor of Special Education, College of New Rochelle.


CSI Hispanic Parents Leadership Program

The Fourth Annual CSI Hispanic Parents Conference was held at Manhattanville on Friday, October 1, 2010.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Luisa Liliana Costa, PhD from Bank Street College if Education in New York. Luisa gave an interactive presentation to the parents titled 'The Magic of Words." Over 250 parents attended the conference which was held entirely in Spanish.

Several workshops will be presented at the conference including: Help With Homework and Special Services and Inclusion for English Language Learners in the Schools.

The conference was planned by the CSI Parents Program Committee. The Committee membership includes Maria Flores (Port Chester), Zoila Tazi (Ossining), Marcella Levin (Ossining), Gladys Hernandez (Port Chester), George Castellanos (Mville), Tina Guzzetti (New Rochelle). The Committee is chaired by Laura Bigaouette.

The conference was sponsored by Hudson Health Plan, HESC Hudson Region Higher Education Task Force on Inclusion, and Manhattanville College.

The Third Annual CSI Hispanic Parents Conference was held at Manhattanville on Thursday, May 21, 2009.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Ofelia Garcia, Professor of Urban Education from the City University of New York.

SOE Faculty developed and presented workshops at the conference.

Diane Gomez with student Jazmin Romero presented a workshop on Inclusive & Differentiated Strategies: HelpWith Homework.

Jane Gangi with students Juzenia Tirado and Vanessa Sanchez presented a workshop on Children's Literacy Needs

Mikki Malow, Vance Austin and Carmen McStay (Port Chester) presented a panel discussion on Special Services and Inclusion for English language learners in the Schools. The discussion was moderated and translated by Gladys Hernandez (Port Chester)

Manhattanville's Jose Flores presented a workshop on Access to College for Your Children

Adonis Calderon (Mamaroneck) and parent leaders from Mamaroneck presented a workshop on Parent Leadership for Education based on their own experiences.

The conference was planned by the CSI Parents Program Committee. The Committee membership includes Maria Flores (Port Chester), Zoila Tazi (Ossining), Marcella Levin (Ossining), Gladys Hernandez (Port Chester), George Castellanos (Mville), Martha Lopez (Westchester Office of Hispanic Affairs), Daisy Torres (Westchester Office of Hispanic Affairs), Tina Guzzetti (New Rochelle), Adonis Calderon (Mamaroneck). The Committee is chaired by Laura Bigaouette.

The conference was sponsored by Hudson Health Plan, The Westchester County Office of Hispanic Affairs, HESC Lower Hudson Region Task Force on Inclusion, and Manhattanville College.

Over 200 parents and community organizations attended the conference. The conference was held entirely in Spanish.

 
The Second Parents Leadership Conference was held at Manhattanville on May 19, 2008. Over 250 parents and community organizations attended the conference. Maria Hinojosa, award winning journalist and host; Host of Latina USA; and Senior Correspondent for PBS and Elba Montalvo, the Executive Director of the Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc. were the keynote speakers. Manhattanvilles Shelley Wepner, Jose Flores, and President Berman welcomed the parents and attendees. Zoila Tazi, Principal-Roosevelt School in Ossining and Martha Lopez, Director of the Office of Hispanic Affairs of Westchester gave Opening Remarks.

Eight workshops were available for attendees and included topics such as Middle School to High School Transition (facilitated by Pedro Santana, Middle School Principal, Bronx), Advocacy for Children (facilitated by Dinorah Olmos from the Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University); Student Loans (facilitated by the New York State Office of the Attorney General), Planning for and Accessibility of College (facilitated by Jose Flores, Vice President of Enrollment Management at Manhattanville College), Raising Children: Challenges and Acculturation (facilitated by Maria Rodriguez, School Counselor, New Rochelle School District); and How to Help Students Succeed Academically (facilitated by Gustavo Barbosa, New Rochelle School District), Supporting Your Childs's Pre-School Education (facilitated by the First Steps Program in Ossining), and Supporting Your Childs' Elementary School Education (facilitated by Rosa Taylor, Principal-Park Avenue School, Port Chester).

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Members of the following organizations attended the conference: Guidance Center of New Rochelle, Catholic Charities, Even Start Program, the Jewish Council of Yonkers, Holy Rosary Church, and Congresswoman Nita Lowey's Office, and Family Ties.

The event was co-sponsored by The Office of Hispanic Affairs of Westchester County; Hudson Health Plan; The New Rochelle Staff Resource Center; and The Parents Leadership Institute of the Ossining Union Free School District.

The event and programs are planned and organized by a CSI Parents Program committee comprised of experts on programming for parents from Ossining, Port Chester, New Rochelle, the Office of Hispanic Affairs, and the Mentoring Latinas program.