Debunking Some Myths Surrounding Hospice Care

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Bristol Hospice

An experienced educational administrator, Laurie Kimbrel earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction and completed postdoctorate coursework with a concentration in executive leadership at Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. She has served as the head of school for the Norcross, Georgia-based Brookhaven Innovation Academy since 2016. Outside of the professional environment, Laurie Kimbrel is a patient care volunteer with Bristol Hospice in Atlanta.

Although many people equate hospice care with death, modern hospice practices and services are exceptionally comprehensive and diverse. First and foremost, hospice isn’t just for the sick. It also addresses the needs of the friends and family members of the terminally ill. Viewing the involvement of loved ones as an essential part of effective treatment, hospice provides friends and family members with a variety of support options, including access to grief counseling and bereavement care services.

Another rumor that commonly circulates about hospice is that it places patients on a fast-track to death. This is far from the truth. In fact, a 2007 study reported that hospice patients tend to live an average of 29 days longer than patients who do not receive hospice care. Even functional and vivacious patients who have received a terminal prognosis are eligible for hospice care.


Brookhaven Innovation Academy Embraces Blended Learning

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Brookhaven Innovation Academy

Dr. Laurie Kimbrel currently serves as the Head of School for the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, a public charter school recognized by the State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia. Part of Dr. Laurie Kimbrel’s job is to help establish the school’s curriculum and instructional program, which utilizes blended learning.

Blended learning is a teaching practice that aims to bring classrooms into the 21st century by utilizing technology to supplement and enhance education. As the name suggests, blended learning blends traditional in-class learning with online learning. Both online and in-person instruction follows the same topics, enabling the two components to complement one another. Blended learning also allows lessons to be personalized to each student, accounting for their interests and personal needs.

The Brookhaven Innovation Academy considers blended learning a core component of the school’s pedagogy. Blended learning affords the school the ability to break students into small groups with others who have a similar level of mastery in a given subject. The added flexibility also offers students more one-on-one attention, with teachers able to move at the pace of each student instead of the entire class.

To learn more about blended learning and the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, visit the school online at

The Curriculum of Brookhaven Innovation Academy in Georgia

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Brookhaven Innovation Academy



Since April 2016, Laurie Kimbrel, EdD, has been directing Brookhaven Innovation Academy (BIA), a K-6 public charter school that opened this fall in Norcross, Georgia. Relying on an eclectic combination of instructional techniques through which students learn in a project-based learning environment, Dr. Laurie Kimbrel was instrumental in establishing BIA’s curriculum.

BIA’s curriculum includes college preparatory work with a focus on science, technology, engineering, math, computer programming, literacy, and personalized learning via CompassLearning, a learning technique developed by Richard Mayer based on the principle of personalization. Personalization has been supported by studies that have shown that students learn up to 40 percent better when the material is delivered in a conversational style rather than more formally, which arguably implies a less active student role.

At the time students started classes on August 2, limited spaces were still available for 2016-17. An informational events timeline for 2017-18 should be available by early November. All Georgia residents are eligible to attend BIA, with no priority given to those residing in Brookhaven.

What Is Project-Based Learning?

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Project-Based Learning System

Laurie Kimbrel, EdD, has been the founding head of school for the Brookhaven Innovation Academy (BIA) since April 2016. Under the direction of Laurie Kimbrel, this Norcross, Georgia-based charter school stresses a combination of instructional methods, including project-based learning (PBL).

PBL is a method of instruction whereby students learn theory and skills through extensive study and hands-on work to solve a genuine, complex question or problem. This method makes learning more engaging for students by providing hands-on experience in addition to classroom exercises.

Due to the popularity of PBL, variations in the implementation of this method have arisen in the educational community, and there has even been an attempt at standardization in the form of the Gold Standard PBL. Years of development through thousands of teachers encompassing all grades and subjects has established PBL as an efficient and fun way to learn while helping students develop the expertise required for their academic, career, and personal lives.