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Dr. Anne Horak
PhD, George Mason University
Assistant Professor
Principal Investigator & Project Director, Project ExCEL
Center for International Education

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Phone: (703) 993-5398
Fax: (703) 993-2082
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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall L041A
4400 University Dr.
MS 1E8
Fairfax, VA 22030


Anne Horak is a Research Professor and a Principal Investigator for Project ExCEL and Project E-IGnite, federally funded Jacob K. Javits grants.  Project ExCEL and Project E-Ignite use Problem-Based Learning as a platform to find and serve high ability low income students with the intent of simultaneously impacting achievement gaps for diverse students, broadening teacher perspectives and fostering teacher growth.

Dr. Horak received her PhD in Education from George Mason University, her M.Ed in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning from George Mason University and her B.A. in Secondary Education from the State University of New York College at Oswego.  Her research interests include Problem-Based Learning, Gifted Education, Educational Policy and Teacher Professional Development.

Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, Dr. Horak served as Advanced Academic Program Specialist for Middle School for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) where she was integral to supporting the transition to open enrollment and developing the Problem-Based Learning curriculum.   For two years, Dr. Horak was on special assignment for FCPS as a liaison to George Mason University supporting the development of a College Partnership Laboratory School.  Dr. Horak has also taught middle school English and Social Studies in North Carolina and Virginia. 

Recent Publications

Horak, A.K., Plowden, D.L., & Brusseau, R.L. (2020). Problem-Based Learning. In J. Jolly & J.  Robins (Eds) Methods and Materials for Teaching the Gifted, (5th Edition): Austin, TX: Prufrock Press

Horak, A.K., Shaklee, B.D., & Brusseau, R.L. (2019). Finding Gifted English Language Learners: Professional Development Designed to Change the Lens. In C. Weber & A. Novak (Eds), Best Practices in Professional Learning and Teacher Preparation, Vol 2. Austin, TX: Prufrock Press

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