Messing Librarian Laura Matheny has been a frequent professional development presenter for the educators of the gifted and talented at the Ferguson/Florissant School District’s PROBE program. Over the past year, she has led three sessions focused on inquiry-based learning and teaching educators to develop their students’ higher order thinking skills by eliciting student questions. Last fall, she gave presentations titled “So What? How to Ask Research Questions” and “Eliciting Student Questions.”
Zuowei Chang, Middle School Chinese and French Teacher, and Sarah Elliott, Upper School Spanish Teacher, attended the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and Expo in Boston, MA, last fall. The Expo is an international event bringing together more than 6,000 language educators from all languages, levels, and assignments. Sessions focused on fun tools and strategies to actively engage students as learners, use of technology in the language classroom, the importance of cultural competence, and much more. Key takeaways included better insight into the characteristics of adolescent learners, as well as new tools and strategies to engage students.