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Learning Strategies Emphasizing Goal-Focused Engagement

Shared By Laurie Kimbrel   /     May 22, 2017  /     Uncategorized  /     Comments Off on Learning Strategies Emphasizing Goal-Focused Engagement

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.

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  • About Laurie Kimbrel

    The current project manager for the Atlanta K-12 Design Challenge, Laurie Kimbrel is an educator with many years’ experience. Before undertaking this position in 2015, Kimbrel served as Superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, California, where she oversaw 4,200 students, 435 staff members, and managed a $63 million budget. Among other achievements under Laurie Kimbrel’s tenure, the district implemented a leadership model that formed Professional Learning Communities designed to augment teacher effectiveness through shared assessment data.

    Kimbrel holds a bachelor of science in music and business from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She also received a master of science in special education from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and completed her education with leadership-based doctoral studies at Loyola University in Chicago.

    Dedicated to her community, Laurie Kimbrel is a hospice volunteer and works with nonprofits aimed at ensuring every child has access to great teachers and schools. She is also passionate about education reform and champions efforts to bring about effective hiring practices in schools.

  • Education & Publications


    Loyola University Chicago - Doctorate, Curriculum & Instruction

    National Louis University, Certificate of Advanced Study, Educational Leadership

    Dominican University, Master of Science, Special Education

    Millikin University, Bachelor of Science, Music and Business

    It's a Man's World: How to Achieve Success as a Woman in High School District, AASA Women in Leadership Conference, 2013

    How to Run a Clean Construction Program, California School Board Convention, 2012

    A Transition Success Story: California School Boards Association Conference, 2009

    Program Growth and High Achievement: College Board National Conference, 2008

    Building Leadership Capacity through Effective Staffing Planning, Illinois Association of Personnel Administrators Conference, 2008

    Improving Student Achievement: Illinois NCLB Conference, 2007

    Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: Lake County Personnel Administrators Conference, 2007

    The Impact of Proactive Classroom Management, Doctoral Dissertation, Loyola University, 2002

  • Community Service

    Laurie Kimbrel volunteers for a number of community organizations including Bristol Hospice as a patient volunteer, Destiny's Daughter's of Promise as a student mentor and Students First as an advocate for effective educational practices.
  • Contact Laurie Kimbrel