The founding head of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, Laurie Kimbrel has more than two decades of experience in educational administration. In this role, she places a particular emphasis on change leadership that drives effective educational decision making. Laurie Kimbrel has instructed K-12 students in 21st century skills essential for college and career preparation.
Working toward goals beyond high school ideally begins at an early age, as students grasp the reasons for lessons that may seem to have little practical use. Young learners who keep an eye on the big picture as they progress are motivated learners as well. They gradually build and reinforce skills that colleges and universities seek out when screening applicants.
With the idea that “engaged students are successful,” even abstract learning should be oriented toward practical, well-defined goals whenever possible. Internships and other participatory forms of learning also play a vital role in bridging the divide between textbooks and life in the “real world.” At the same time, innovative pedagogical approaches such as the flipped classroom can boost student engagement during the critical hours they spend in class under instructor supervision.