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JoAnne Ferrara, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

JoAnne Ferrara Faculty Profile PictureDr. JoAnne Ferrara is the Associate Dean for undergraduate advising, the department chair of Curriculum and Instruction, and Professional Development School (PDS) coordinator at Manhattanville College in Westchester N.Y. She has began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in both general and special education settings, after several years of classroom teaching she became a school administrator in the New York City Department of Education. While at the Department of Education she served as a staff developer and a site-based special education administrator in grades K-6.

In 2002 she founded the School of Education's first Professional Development School Partnership in a changing suburban school in Westchester County. She strongly believes in the power of school/university partnership to bridge the gap between theory and practice by providing teacher education candidates with authentic experiences in classrooms. Dr. Ferrara presents regularly at state and national conference; her publications include professional development schools, teacher preparation, teacher induction, whole child education, and community schools.

Publications:

J Ferrara, & E Santiago. (2011, October 13). Re: Community schools crossing boundaries to help students succeed schools-crossing-boundaries. html[Web log post]. Retrieved from http://coalitionforcommunityschools.blogspot.com/2011/10/community-

Ferrara, J. ( 2011). Supporting the whole teacher through whole child education. Excelsior 6(1), 70-78.

Ferrara, J. & Santiago, E. (2011). Helping preservice teachers support the needs of the "whole child" in a PDS. In I. Guadarrama, J. Ramsey, & J. Nath (Eds.), Investigating university-school partnerships, (pp. 373-378). Charlotte, NC Connecticut: Information Age.

Ferrara, J., Terracciano, B., & Simmons, A., (2011). PDS with a unique focus. PDS Partners Newsletter, 7(1), 2-3.

Ferrara, J. & Siry, C. (2011). Preparing childhood teachers for changing suburbs: The power of a partnership. Teacher Education and Practice, 23 (3), 359-369.

Santiago, E., Ferrara, J. (2011). Vignette: Working together to create a shared vision for a PDS. In S. B. Wepner D. Hopkins (Eds), Collaborative leadership in action: Partnering for success in schools (pp. 148-149). New York: Teachers College Press.

Upcoming Presentations

Wepner, S., Ferrara, J., (February 2012). Changing a school of education with one PDS at a time through the Changing Suburbs Institute®. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Annual Meeting. Chicago IL.

Ferrara, J. (March 2012). Constructing a Community School: An Approach to Engagement and Collaboration. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Annual Conference, San Antonio TX, March 6, 2010.

Ferrara, J., Terracciano, B., (2012, March). A unique collaboration for clinical reparation: The community school/PDS. Annual conference of the National Association for Professional Development Schools, Las Vegas NV.

Huber,L., Ferrara, J., Sincerbaux, C., (2012, March). Clinical preparation is everyone's business: Garnering the resources within a PDS network. Annual conference of the National Association for Professional Development Schools, Las Vegas NV.

Presentations/National:

Ferrara, J., Terracciano, B., Flores, M. (2011, March). The PDS within full-service community school: Preparing teachers for urban challenges. Annual conference of the National Association for Professional Development Schools, New Orleans, LA.

Ferrara, J., Gomez, D. W., Lang, D.E., Huber, L. (2011, March). Building PDSs to respond to the changing needs in suburban schools. Annual conference of the National Association for Professional Development Schools, New Orleans, LA.

Ferrara, J., & Flores, M. (April, 2010). Preparing teachers in a full-service community school model. National Coalition of Community Schools, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, April 9, 2010.

Ferrara, J. (March, 2010). The full service community school: A unique approach to teacher education. National Association of Professional Development Schools Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 12, 2010.

Ferrara, J., & Santiago, E. (March, 2010). The full service community school: A unique approach to whole child education. Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, Annual Conference, San Antonio TX, March 6, 2010.

Ferrara, J. (2010, February). The full service community school: A unique approach to teacher education. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Wepner, S. B., & Ferrara, J. (2010, February). Creating A P-16 Initiative: The Changing Suburbs Institute. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, Annual Meeting. Atlanta, GA

Ferrara, J., Santiago, E., & Siry, C. (2008).   Preparing teachers to serve diverse learners: A PDS / full-service community school model. In I. Guadarrama, J. Ramsey, & J. Nath (Eds.), Professional Development Schools Research, Volume 3 (pp.151-161). Greenwich, Connecticut: Information Age Publishing. 

Santiago, E., Ferrara, J. & Blank, M. (2008). A full-service school fulfills its promise. Educational Leadership, 65 (7), 44-47.

Ferrara, J, & Santiago, E. (2007). Crossroads: Where community meets character in the pursuit of academic excellence. The Journal of Research in Character Education, 5 (1), 95-101.

Ferrara, J. & Siry, C. (2007). Preservice teachers and classroom teachers learning together: A collaborative teacher education program. Excelsior: Leadership in teaching and learning, 1, (2), 39-48.