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Dr. Ruth Ferree

Guest Teacher Trainer

Dr. Ruth Ferree

 

Ruth Ferree taught high school foreign language (French), English and directed high school plays for 23 years before studying brain development and function with language to earn her PhD from the University of Virginia. She worked in neuropsychology labs at the UVA Medical Center for two years. She is now on the Teacher Education faculty at the Curry School, where she is affectionately known as “the brain lady.” Her presentation, “Brains and Language: What we know now,” was voted best of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching and was presented at the ACTFL National Conference in 2006. Currently, her research interests are focused on teacher development with an observation tool called the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS). Her most pressing project is to get Virginia approval for a teacher preparation program in Mandarin for Teacher Education at Curry.

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