An Educator Beyond the Classroom

Dr. Ferrara is an experienced educator providing staff development implementing the community school strategy, creating trauma response schools, building teacher capacity, and forming school/university partnerships. She is an author of number of books, articles, and blogs.

As a career educator Dr. Ferrara served in a variety of capacities including classroom teacher, literacy specialist, school administrator, professional development school liaison, professional development school coordinator, and university professor. Her breath of experience provides a unique lens to help schools engage in transformational practices to improve student outcomes.  

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Dr. Ferrara is a published author of books and scholarly articles. The focus of her work includes Community Schools, Professional Development Schools, Teacher Development, and Educator Preparation.  

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Dr. Ferrara provides evidence-based strategies to transform schools. Strategies for Whole Child Education and Community- School Partners LLC, is a co-owned minority, female business providing approaches to improve student outcomes and build schools’ capacity to response to the impact of trauma, implement the community school strategy, and expand teachers’ professional growth. Strategies for Whole Child Education is a partnered with the New York State Eastern Technical Assistance Center for Community Schools.

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JoAnne helped us develop a curriculum surrounding global competence and character education.

JJennifer Carriero-Dominguez, Park Avenue School

Joanne Ferrara is passionate about developing education systems and pedagogies to improve the life chances of young people

Lindsey Watkins, Millbrook Primary School