News Release

Area Educators Invited to Program on Brain-Based Learning

April 25, 2013

Dr. Carolyn Hopper
Dr. Carolyn Hopper

A special invitation is extended to area educators, particularly high school teachers, to attend a program on brain-based learning led by Dr. Carolyn Hopper, Learning Strategies Coordinator for Middle Tennessee State University. The free program will be Friday afternoon, May 3, at Dalton State College and is sponsored by Dalton State’s Quality Enhancement Plan with support from The Center for Academic Excellence.

Hopper will speak on “If Learning Is not Memorizing, What Is It?” about physical changes that take place in the brain when learning happens. The essentials of learning, Hopper says, are gathering information, analyzing, creating, and acting. “Real learning,” she says, “occurs when (students) take knowledge and become producers of new knowledge.”

“If we closely examine what good teachers do instinctively teach, we actually model that learning process,” she says. “I suggest that it is well worth our efforts to make sure students realize how they learn by pointing out the model as we teach so that students are not only learning content, they are learning and experiencing a transferable process.”

Hopper says the presentation is for all teachers regardless of their background in brain compatible learning.

Hopper has been actively involved with brain based learning and student success for 25 years. She is the author of several textbooks, and her website, The Study Skills Help Page ( has received more than a million hits.

At MTSU, Hopper has received awards as outstanding teacher and for outstanding use of technology, and she has been named Tennessee Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

She is a frequent presenter at student success conferences and conducts faculty development workshops on topics including brain compatible learning, learning styles, learning strategies, critical thinking, learning outcomes, and time management.

Earlier in the day she will address Dalton State faculty on “Brain-Based Learning: Making the Right Connections.”

“We at Dalton State College are thrilled to bring Dr. Hopper to Dalton to share her insights, and we know that both college and high school faculty will benefit from this presentation,” said Dr. Jenny Crisp, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Dalton State’s Quality Enhancement Plan.

Hopper’s presentation begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be in room 105 of The James E. Brown Center. Pre-registration is encouraged; to register visit the CAE website at

Those wishing to know more about Dr. Hopper or her presentation are invited to contact Dr. Jenny Crisp at or 706-272-2513.

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