Krasnow Adolescent Learning Research Center Opens

Posted: September 15, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Emily Yaghmour

State, local, and university leaders gather today at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study for a reception to formally open the Krasnow Adolescent Learning Research Center. Dedicated to helping academically at-risk students become successful learners, the center was made possible by a congressional earmark of more than $700,000.

Researchers within the center will work to identify specific brain activity that interferes with learning, develop and implement instructional strategies that motivate learning, and prepare teachers to assist adolescents in that process. Barbara Given, associate professor in the Graduate School of Education and a researcher at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, is director of the new center.

Congressman Tom Davis shepherded the center’s funding request through the appropriations process and ensured the earmark was included in the final spending bill. He calls the funding of the center “one of the most prudent uses of federal education dollars I can think of.” According to him, “the studies made possible by this funding will pay dividends to generations of students to come.” Davis and other leaders associated with the center’s initial projects will be honored at the reception.

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