The Center for Functional Learning
Let me tell you a story about Grace and her origin.
My son is a musician and educator. One day a few years ago, while he was home on a college visit, he showed me some of his sheet music. I was drawn to the littlest notes on one page. I have no musical training, so I asked him what they were. He told me they were grace notes, used to add color to a piece in performance.
You never know when inspiration will strike. Seeing those grace notes got my creativity flowing and, within a few days, I had a character—Grace—who quite literally leapt off the page. Hers was a story that just
had to be told.
About the Center for Functional Learning
As I developed Grace and her friends, I found ways to make connections between my background in health as a physician assistant. The result is a series of stories that can be used by parents, clinicians and educators as innovative resources to improve children’s lives and enhance reading skills, health literacy, and musical learning.
After all, there are four broad ways to facilitate young children’s development into active learners: establish strong relationships with adults; encourage active, hands-on involvement with their environments; create meaningful and memorable experiences; and assist in helping them understand their world. Our Healthy Music resources support all four.
To advance this work and touch more children’s lives, I established the Center for Functional Learning as a 501(c)3 nonprofit.
Today, Grace’s stories and an array of customizable patient education and engagement resources are available to clinicians’ practices, pediatric dental offices, family medicine practices, children’s hospitals, and other settings focused on helping kids! They are designed to address health literacy in age-appropriate ways with measurable effectiveness for behavior change and knowledge retention.
Through grants and other funding, we also make Healthy Music resources available to select classroom teachers.
For more information, please contact us.
About Me: Kenneth E. Korber
Founder | Author | Clinician
Trained as a surgical and cardiovascular physician assistant (PA), I have since become an author and entrepreneur. I left full-time bedside care to focus on patient education and health promotion as a children’s book storyteller and founder of the Center for Functional Learning.
My published writings have led to education and health promotion grant awards. I use the Musical Adventure™ characters to build reading skills, foster an appreciation for music, and advocate for wellness of the general public, especially within at-risk/vulnerable communities of children and adults.