"Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the panel. It’s important that other communities understand the value of community schools and also know that a technical assistance center exists in NY to support them".
"Thank you JoAnne for providing leaders in the Schenectady City School District an amazing professional development opportunity this evening on Community Schools! We look forward to continued partnership as we grow this important work in Schenectady We have an outstanding team… Now the real work starts"!
"Thank you JoAnne! We couldn’t be more thankful for your support through this journey".
"Having access to advice from Dr. JoAnne Ferrara on Community Schools has proved immensely beneficial for us. Her expertise brings valuable insights and strategies to enhance our offer. Investors in Families are particularly grateful for Dr. Ferrara's support and guidance. She is playing a pivotal role in facilitating exciting developments for Investors in the United States. She is contributing to the advancement and success of Investors in Families and for that we are very grateful".
“I have had the immense pleasure of working closely with Dr Ferrara for the past 3 years, drawing on her extensive knowledge and expertise in Community School approaches. This has helped inform our policy in Wales. Dr Ferrara presented at a National Conference in Cardiff in September attended by school leaders, Estyn inspectors and government officials. Her presentation, delivered with passion, commitment and humour was inspirational”.
Dr. Ferrara, your support has been invaluable thus far! Thank you for all your nuggets of wisdom in uplifting community schools at TUFSD!
"Based on Dr. Ferrara's observations, she came up with an excellent training plan that answered questions and problems puzzled those primary school teachers since the beginning of their teaching career."
Dr. Ferrara is one of the greatest educators I have ever met. During her visit to Jinling Primary School, Nanjing, China in February 2018, she observed some Chinese classes and hosted seven professional trainings for teachers from the whole school district. Based on her observations, she came up with an excellent training plan that answered questions and problems puzzled those primary school teachers since the beginning of their teaching career. Her profound understanding of education plus her keen observation made the training a huge success!
"Dr. Ferrara guided me and my colleagues in ensuring that the model we were developing was rigorous, sustainable and true to the PDS aims."
I first met Professor Ferrara in her role as Professional Development School Co-ordinator while she was serving as a Professor in Residence at the Thomas Edison Community School. She was lecturing in London and developing partnership work with the University of Roehampton. I was immediately inspired by the work that Dr Ferrara was undertaking and following discussions with her decided to pilot the model of Professor in Residence in my own independent British elementary school. This I believe may have been the first such scheme in a British School and Dr. Ferrara and I subsequently collaborated on a chapter for her book on Professional Development Schools to chart the work that was being undertaken. Dr. Ferrara visited my school in Kensington, London (UK) and met with staff. She guided me and my colleagues in ensuring that the model we were developing was rigorous, sustainable and true to the PDS aims.
Jo Anne Ferrara is an inspirational woman who has guided so many in their professional development journeys. She makes a rich and full contribution to the field of Education, both in the USA and internationally.”
Dr.Ferrara's passion to change children’s lives through brilliant education shown through and resonated with the values of our University.
“I began to work with Dr. Jo Ferrara in 2014 when she visited The University of Roehampton. JoAnne’s passion to change children’s lives through brilliant education shown through and resonated with the values of our University. I was delighted to introduce JoAnne to the challenges, opportunities and successes of the UK system. JoAnne brought her sharp and enquiring mind to bear, asking challenging questions to explore areas of mutual concern and seeking solutions.
I was thrilled to be asked to contribute to some of JoAnne’s publications. Writing for the audience was a challenge for me and JoAnne willing shared her deep experience to enable me a rookie to enjoy the success of publication. Whilst we communicate regularly via social media I always look for ward to our meetings when is on one of her regular trips to the UK.”