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Concordia College Announces New Master of Science Program in Early Childhood Special Education PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holly Magnani, Web and Media Relations Manager, Concordia College   

Jul. 23, 2014:  Concordia College announced the introduction of a new master of science program in early childhood special education, the second master's degree program in special education offered by the college.

The master's degree program in early childhood special education offers two options for interested candidates. For certified teachers, the 34- to 37-credit program leads to a recommendation for New York State certification in early childhood special education, birth to grade 2. For individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in an area other than education, a 46-credit program track leads to a recommendation for New York State dual certification in both general and special education for children, birth to grade 2.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 17% increase in the need for qualified certified special education teachers across all grade levels by 2020. In the early grades and in preschools, the bureau projects a 21% increase in the need for special education teachers. For general education preschool teachers, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 25% increase in the need by 2020.

"We are thrilled to announce this new program, as there is a real need for qualified early childhood teachers," said Dr. Stephanie Squires, director of the master's program at Concordia College. "We are already seeing legislative movement toward universal pre-K and kindergarten programs in the New York City metropolitan area that could extend throughout New York State. Students entering into this program now could be preparing for an emerging need for educators with specialization in early childhood and special education, in particular."

The program features an evening/weekend schedule, small classes, and extensive fieldwork opportunities. Student interaction in local schools may occur as early in the curriculum as their first education class. In addition, students receive an iPad, and all textbooks are loaned through the college's book lending program.

"Our education programs at Concordia have a rich history of preparing students for lives of service. We are proud to offer this new program which will prepare our students to teach in a variety of program settings including home, center-based programs, inclusive preschools, and public school classes and programs," said Dr. Christine Rowe, dean of the division of teacher education at Concordia College.

For more information, please contact the admission office at 914-337-9300, ext. 2155, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pictured here:  Concordia College.

Photo courtesy Holly Magnani, Web and Media Relations Manager, Concordia College

Marlissa Westerfield and Bob Shearer to Co-Chair Bronxville Adult School PDF Print E-mail
Written by Celia Cuce, Executive Director, Bronxville Adult School   

Jul. 9, 2014:  The Bronxville Adult School (BAS) announces its new co-chairs for 2014-2015, Marlissa Westerfield and Bob Shearer. Both bring many years of experience serving on the board to their leadership roles.

This marks the 71st year that the Bronxville Adult School has been in operation. "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing chair, Chris Zufelt, for the many years and countless hours of dedicated service she has given to BAS," said Celia Cuce, executive director of the Bronxville Adult School. "Chris will join our esteemed advisory board of former chairs," she added, "who continue to contribute their wisdom and expertise to help bring out the best that BAS has to offer."

The BAS staff is already working hard to provide an interesting schedule of classes, lectures, and trips for the fall.

Returning to the schedule of offerings are the perennial favorites of fitness, art, languages, and bridge, but there will be some new offerings that the board is excited about, including American Sign Language, Interior Design, Astrology, Photoshop, Needlepoint, and eBay, to name just a few.

Save the date for a trip to the 9/11 Memorial Museum on Monday, September 15.

The fall/winter catalogue will arrive in the mail the first week of August. Online registration goes live on August 4.

Pictured here:  Marlissa Westerfield and Bob Shearer.

Photo by A. Warner

Renowned Developmental Psychologist Paul Harris to Present Thomas H. Wright Lecture at Sarah Lawrence College July 14 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Timothy Guiliano, Media Contact, Sarah Lawrence College   

Jul. 2, 2014:  The Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College is hosting the 2014 Thomas H. Wright Lecture, which this year is titled Asking Questions and Trusting What You're Told and will be presented by Paul Harris on Monday, July 14, at 4:30 pm in the Donnelley Theatre of the Heimbold Visual Arts Center.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. An informal reception will follow the event.

Paul Harris is a developmental psychologist with an interest in the development of cognition, emotion, and imagination. After studying psychology at the universities of Sussex and Oxford, he taught at the University of Lancaster, the Free University of Amsterdam, and the London School of Economics. In 1980, he moved to Oxford, where he became professor of developmental psychology and Fellow of St. John's College.

In 2001, he began teaching at Harvard University, where he holds the Victor S. Thomas Professorship of Education. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

In 2006, he received a Guggenheim award. His book on children's understanding of emotion, Children and Emotion, was published in 1989, and his book on play and imagination, The Work of the Imagination, was published in 2000.

He currently studies how young children learn about history, science, and religion on the basis of what trusted informants tell them. His latest book, Trusting What You’re Told: How Children Learn from Others, which describes this research, was published by Harvard University Press in May of 2012. It received the Eleanor Maccoby Award from the American Psychological Association and the Book Award of the Cognitive Development Society.

The annual Thomas H. Wright Lecture, inaugurated in 1995, honors Thomas H. Wright's dedication to Sarah Lawrence College and his long service on the board of trustees. An endowment established by the Leon Lowenstein Foundation funds the lecture.

Pictured here:  Paul Harris, PhD, developmental psychologist.

Photo courtesy Timothy Guiliano, Media Contact, Sarah Lawrence College

Concordia College Welcomes Two New Executives: Ted Francavilla and Michelle Gittlen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Holly Magnani, Web and Media Relations Manager, Concordia College   

Jun. 25, 2014:  Concordia College announces the hiring of Theodore "Ted" Francavilla as the college's new chief financial officer and Michelle Gittlen, Esq., as vice president of institutional advancement.

Ted Francavilla is an accomplished executive with experience in both the financial services and nonprofit sectors. He has held several senior management positions over a 26-year career with JPMorgan Chase and predecessor banks, including CFO for regional consumer banking, CFO for the credit card marketing division, and director of strategy for retail banking and head of the retail insurance business. Ted then served as a senior advisor at First Manhattan Consulting Group, providing management consulting to regional banks and other financial services clients.

In the nonprofit sector, Ted moved from a board director role to interim CEO and then COO at Lighthouse International, an organization that has served the blind and visually impaired for over 105 years. Ted has a BS in finance from Georgetown University and an MBA in finance and accounting from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Michelle Gittlen, Esq., is an experienced executive with over a decade working with nonprofits, having served as executive director of the Johan Santana Foundation, executive director of the Jorge Posada Foundation, and chief operating officer of the Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. In addition to fundraising, Michelle's role and responsibilities touched all aspects of managing the organizations, including board of director development, business cultivation, financial planning, and programming implementation. Michelle holds a BA from the State University of New York at Albany in English literature and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

"The Concordia community is pleased to welcome Ted and Michelle to our campus," said Dr. Viji George, president of Concordia College. "I am certain their contributions will result in sustained fiscal prosperity and outstanding alumni outreach as we continue to grow in academic offerings and our community commitment."

Pictured here (rotating):  New Concordia officers Ted Francavilla and Michelle Gittlen.

Photos courtesy Holly Magnani, Web and Media Relations Manager, Concordia College

LinkedIn Is Topic of Bronxville Career Network Meeting Wednesday, June 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Di Morgan, Publicity Chair, Bronxville Career Network   

Jun. 18, 2104:  The Bronxville Career Network (BNC) will meet on Wednesday, June 25, to learn about LinkedIn, the world's largest professional online network that can add momentum to your job search.

Bring your laptop! The meeting will be held from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.

Facilitating the LinkedIn discussion will be Constance Peters, a certified financial planner at Edward Jones and a graduate of Pace University School of Law, and Bronxville resident John DeAngelis, a fine arts photographer and senior graphic artist for Pink Chair Prints of Bronxville.

Key points of the presentation are:

•Developing your personal profile
Making mutually valuable contacts
How to research and follow companies and potential employers
How to identify and apply for job postings
The value of groups

Arrive by 6:45 pm and BCN will provide free professional headshots by John DeAngelis. Photos will be emailed to participants after the meeting.

For more information, visit or email BCN leader Sheila Larkin at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

BCN meetings are open to all and are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month in the Edwards Room. Networking opportunities are available from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Pictured here:  Constance Peters, guest speaker at the Bronxville Career Network meeting on June 25, 2014. 

Photo by Susie Slosberg 

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Concordia College Announces New Master of Science Program in Early Childhood Special Education

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Jul. 23, 2014:  Concordia College announced the introduction of a new master of science program in early childhood special education, the second master's degree program in special education offered...


Adult Education Directory

Bronxville Adult School

About the Bronxville Adult School & Contacts

The Bronxville Adult School is a not-for-profit organization incorporated in 1957 and chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. The School "offers all adults of Bronxville and surrounding communities the opportunity for personal growth through life enhancing skills and provides cultural, intellectual and recreational stimulation at a nominal cost."

The Bronxville Adult School
(914) 793-4435
P.O. Box 334, Bronxville NY 10708

Executive Director: Celia Cuce

Coordinator: Katie Krieg

Office Hours: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Mon. - Fri.


Board of Trustee:

Chairman: Christine Zufelt

Vice Chairman: MaryAnne Denniston

Secretary: Priscilla Toomey

Treasurer: Robert Shearer

Jack Bierwirth

Kathleen Fabros

J. Gregory Coleman

Timothy Hurley

Linda Colquhoun

Thomas Kenney

Peggy Conway

Charles T. Little

Elizabeth Crowley

Robert O'Connor

Douglas Cruikshank

Marlissa Westerfield


Advisory Board

Sara Bellesheim

Elizabeth Folberth

Elizabeth Harriss

Juli Jackson

Ruth Shearer



Bronxville Public Library

Bronxville Public Library

The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.

The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.

The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. The schedule of events for adults and young adults is posted at

All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)

Library Director: Jane Marino

Concordia College

Concordia College Adult Education

Concordia College was founded in 1881. It is a four-year, co-educational liberal arts college located in Bronxville. Concordia's Accelerated Degree Programs are designed to give you the skills to be competitive in your chosen career or in graduate school.  The programs are:

Accelerated Degree Program--Courses of Study

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Behavioral Sciences--You'll gain broad understanding and insights into psychology and sociology. Graduates from this program work in fields such as education, social work, counseling, human resources, business, and not-for-profit organizations.  122-semester credit program.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration--You'll get a real-world education in all aspects of business, with a strong emphasis in the management of people in today's global economy. Graduates of this program are prepared to work as managers, vice presidents, entrepreneurs, financial advisors, human resources managers, and more.  122-semester credit program.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Care Administration is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in a health-related administration field.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Studies is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field outside of nursing and social work.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Liberal Studies--You'll attain the skills and flexibility essential in a world where critical thinking, communication skills, and a broad understanding of history, politics, and religion are vital for future education and career opportunities. 65-semester credit program.

All classes are taught in an accelerated format - - one night a week for 4-6 weeks, books are loaned (no charge for books) and there is a generous credit policy accepting transfer, life experience, Military and CLEP. There is a rolling application deadline. You can request application materials and speak with Nereida Quiles, Assistant Director of Admission - Adult Education at 914-337-9300, ext. 2147.

Concordia College - New York
171 White Plains Road
Bronxville, New York 10708

Sarah Lawrence College

Sarah Lawrence College Adult Education

Sarah Lawrence College, located in Bronxville, offers a variety of adult education programs. Each program is summarized below. An overview can also be found on the Sarah Lawrence College website:

The Center for Continuing Education

The Center for Continuing Education offers adults the opportunity to complete their undergraduate degree, pursue “lifelong learning” or “prepare for advanced study within the framework of a highly personalized educational approach”


The Writing Institute

The Writing Institute offers writing classes covering the topics of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir writing and children’s literature. Classes are offered in two 11- week terms, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Other Adult Non-Credit Programs

Current courses include culinary arts and fitness (cardio kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, and swimming)


Graduate & Professional Programs

Sarah Lawrence offers graduate studies in teaching, child development, dance, health advocacy, human genetics, theatre, women’s history and writing. It also offers a certificate program for professionals in public health genetics/genomnics.

Sarah Lawrence College

1 Mead Way
Bronxville, New York 10708

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