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Changing Suburbs Institute Publishes Book To Help Changing School Districts
Monday, 08 October 2012 09:44

SOE cover Purchase, NY (September 18, 2012) — The suburbs are changing, according to renowned educator Sonia Nieto in the forward to the new resource text by the Manhattanville College School of Education Changing Suburbs Institute®, Changing Suburbs, Changing Students: Helping School Leaders Face the Challenges.

Manhattanville recognized the growing number of English Language Learners enrolling in public schools and the special skill sets warranted from administrators to classroom teachers to address the special needs of the entering students and their parents. In 2006 the College's School of Education created a program integral to helping school districts adjust to the shifts in demographics in their student population. Now, with seven years of experience under their belts, the Changing Suburbs Institute® (CSI) has published a book to aid school districts with adjusting to the changes in suburban school districts. The book provides strategies for working effectively with teachers, students and parents, and features leadership best practices for forming partnerships and developing community schools to help teachers develop professionally.

"There is a new reality in the suburbs where there has been an increase in diverse populations." Dr. Shelley Wepner, Dean of the Manhattanville College School of Education, said. "This represents new challenges in the suburban schools and school district leaders need strategies for addressing the increase in new student learners in the schools particularly with English Language Learners."

Published by Corwin, Changing Suburbs, is based on CSI's collaborative program with Westchester partner school districts. The book includes experiences and perspectives from superintendents, principals, and teachers in the county districts including Bedford, Elmsford, Greenburgh 7, New Rochelle, Port Chester, Ossining, and White Plains.

Changing Suburbs was released in September 2012. Authors of Changing Suburbs include, Shelley B. Wepner, JoAnne Ferrara, Kristin Rainville, Diane W. Gómez, Diane E. Lang, and Laura Bigaouette.

"School leaders will turn to this book frequently in their search to provide an excellent education to all students, not simply to the traditional residents of suburbs, but to their newer members as well," Nieto said in the forward.

CSI seeks to improve the educational opportunities available to the Hispanic student population in Westchester County. It provides program and professional development for schools, administrators, and teacher education programs.

For more information on the Changing Suburbs Institute® please contact Laura Bigaouette at

About Manhattanville College:

Manhattanville College ( is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence and social and civic action. Manhattanville prepares students to be ethical and socially-responsible leaders in a global community. Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Manhattanville serves 1,700 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from more than 50 countries and 30 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, and offers graduate programs in Education, Business, Writing, Liberal Studies, as well as Continuing and Executive Education programs.