Dr. JoAnne Ferrara is the associate dean of undergraduate programs and a professor at Manhattanville College. Prior to joining the Manhattanville faculty, she held positions as a general and special education teacher, a literacy coach, and school administrator for the New York City Department of Education. 

Dr. Ferrara is an experienced educator specializing in community schools, teacher development, and university partnerships. She is the series co-editor for Professional Development School Research Book.  Dr. Ferrara has authored numerous articles, blogs and has contributed chapters to several books on professional development schools, community schools, and teacher education. She presents national and internationally on these topics.  Her work has appeared in Journal of Education forStudents Placed at Risk, Educational Leadership, The Journal of Research in Character Education, School-University Partnerships, The Journal of Leadership in Teaching and Learning, and Teacher Education and Practice. 

Dr. Ferrara is the recipient of awards that demonstrate significant contribution to the field of professional development schools and ongoing collaborative research.

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