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Elizabeth Helfant

MICDS
Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation
St. Louis, MO
Elizabeth Helfant is the Director of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching chemistry, physics, and mathematics. She has been in education for 29 years, 16 of which have been at MICDS. She had an integral role in implementing a 1-to-1 tablet program in grades 7-12 at MICDS. She presents and consults on a wide range of topics including Best Practices in Assessment, Teaching Skills with Technology, Using Brain Research in the Classroom. Designing Student-centered Curriculum, Engagement Strategies, Design Thinking, and STEM education. Elizabeth is also well versed in designing and delivering professional development for faculty and connecting it to faculty growth/portfolios aligned to either Danielson or Marzano’s frameworks. A perpetual learner, Elizabeth counts herself as a thought leader and change agent who has a talent for helping others synthesize the educational literature with their practice in a way that leads to thoughtful implementation and classroom change that impacts student learning.