BTT in BCPSS: Partnership Growth in 2017-2018
June 26, 2017
The 2017-2018 academic year will bring an increased level of school-based and district-level partnerships with the Baltimore City Public School System and the JHU School of Education's Neuro-Education Initiative (NEI). Dr. Hardiman has engaged in an extended partnership with Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle to bring professional development and coaching support in the Brain-Targeted Teaching (BTT) model and arts integration. Led by our arts integration specialist, Clare Grizzard, three grade level clusters will recieve professional development and coaching in integrating the arts into content instruction through the BTT framework. Cohort 1 (PreK-2nd grade) has finished the initial professional development session and will remain supported by Mrs. Grizzard throughout the upcoming year. The units generated from these PD session will then contribute to the growth of an arts-infused curriculum archive. Reflections from participants show their appreciating for the training, from teachers of varying experiences and familiarity with the BTT model:
"BTT was new to me. I learned a lot about how the students think. It really helped me to think of things other than content--the physical environment and emotional climate are things that I think often get forgotten when planning, so this was a helpful refresher to maker sure I remember to think about these things when planning instruction."
-Pre K teacher
"BTT has changed how I look at my classroom in many ways...I have already begun to think about how my classroom units can focus on an essential question, which they do not in the lower elementary grades of the curriculum, so I can backwards plan and really help my students see where they are going..."
-2nd Grade teacher
To support the effort at Margaret Brent and additional Baltimore City Public schools, in June 2017 the NEI team facilitated BTT presentation to BCPSS District Office content specialists. Given the renewed focus on restorative practices for students, the NEI team will be lending their expertise to this effort. Through school and district partnerships, the NEI will continue to support schools interested in training in research-informed pedagogy focused on the growth and development of the "whole child.">> FULL STORY
Dr. Hardiman Published in Scientific Research, "Education and the Arts: Educating Every Child in the Spirit of Inquiry and Joy"
August 22, 2016
Addressing the decline of equitable arts instruction in American public schools, Dr. Hardiman posits the benefits of arts education and arts-integrated learning. This paper touches upon the cognitive, academic, and sociological benefits that the arts bring to instruction to foster a generation of life-long learners.>> FULL STORY
Former Mind, Brain and Teaching Cohort Dr. Jimmie Walker awarded 2016 CPED Dissertation in Practice Award"
September 19, 2016
A hearty congratulations is in order for Dr. Jimmie Walker! Her BTT-based dissertation "Brain-targeted early childhood beginnings: A case study in India" was awarded the 2016 Carnegie Project of the Education Doctorate Dissertation in Practice Award. The CPED will award Ms. Walker $1000 and a plaque at the October 2016 Convening of the CPED Consortium in Augusta, Georgia. The CPED seeks to promote meaningful dialogue between scholarly reserach and current affairs in the global educational climate. Stay tuned for more updates!>> FULL STORY
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To view latest footage of Dr. Hardiman's lectures on neuro-education, subscribe to the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model® YouTube Channel.>> FULL STORY
Mind, Brain and Teaching Alumni Finalist for Carnegie Foundation Dissertation in Practice Award
August 12, 2016
Congratulations to Dr. Jimmie Walker! Her dissertation has been selected as a finalist entry for the Carnegie Foundation Dissertation in Practice Award.
Dr. Walker's work focused on developing professional development with an innovative pre-school partner, Intellitots. Located in India, this pre-school's mission is to support cognitive development in early childhood education, framing their pedagogy using the Brain Targeted Teaching Model®.>> FULL STORY
Dr. Hardiman's Work Recently Published In 'Creative Education'
August 29, 2016
Dr. Hardiman recently wrote an article that was recently published in Creative Education, a peer reviewed open source journal by Scientific Research Publishing.
"Education and the Arts: Educating Every Child in the Spirit of Inquiry and Joy" examines how political and social forces have narrowed curriculum, edging out the arts from instruction.
This article will live on as a book chapter, slated for publication in 2018. To read the full article, click the link below.>> FULL STORY
Dr. Hardiman to Present at Princeton University at Educational Leaders as Scholars Conference
July 18, 2016
Dr. Hardiman, Clare Grizzard and Dr. Ranjini JohnBull recently presented at Princeton University, in part of the Educational Leaders as Scholars conference. This years' theme encompassed "Using Arts-Infused Instruction to Enhance Learning Standards,"
To learn more about the event and their lecture, "The Effects of Arts Integration on Student Learning: From Research to Practice", follow the link below.>> FULL STORY
Educators From India Learn About the Brain Targeted Teaching Model®
June 29, 2016
Earlier this month, twenty-five principals and teachers from across India visiated the School of Education for a presentation on the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model® developed by interim dean Mariale Hardiman.
The visit was part of a ten day professional development tour of schools and universities on the East Coast and the feedback was unanimously positive. Nishi Misra, principal of a private girls school outside of New Delhi, called Dr. Hardiman's afternoon presentation "absolutely spot on." Rita Teneja, a 19 year veteran principal, conveyed excitement in bringing these approaches back to her school team at S.V. Public School.
To learn more about the details of the visit, follow the link below:>> FULL STORY
BTT Goes to India Update: Step Inside an Intellitots Classroom
March 15, 2016
Pooja Goyal, co-founder of Intellitots, met with the Neuro-Education Institute team to share her experiences in implementing the Brain Targeted Teaching Model within the program’s professional development and curriculum design. Her Dehli-based preschool’s pedagogy is deeply rooted in neuroscience and cognitive development and has partnered with Dr. Hardiman since 2012. Hopkins doctoral candidate Jimmie Walker is in the process of developing her case study on Intellitots’ process of redefining early childhood education in India.
Care to glimpse inside an Intellitots’ classroom?Click the link below to see Brain Targeted Teaching in practice.>> FULL STORY
Dr. Hardiman to present at the 2016 Learning and the Brain Conference
March 23, 2016
Dr. Hardiman will give her talk "The Learning Sciences: The Arts and Creativity" at the 2016 Learning and the Brain Conference April 8th 2016 from 3:30pm-5:15pm.
Held in sunny Orlando, Florida, the conference will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel at the entrance of Universal Orlando.
WIth co-presenter Clare Grizzard, Dr. Hardiman will discuss her ongoing work in providing multidisciplary learning strategies to STEAM units, currently being piloted in Baltimore City Public Schools.>> FULL STORY
Hopkins Alum Continues Research Born from Mind, Brain and Teaching Capstone Project
Morgan Showalter, former Mind, Brain and Teaching cohort of Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Neuro-Education Initiative recently had an op-ed published in the Baltimore Sun focusing on student wellness. Showalter explores the link between socio-economic factors and their correlation with physiological, psychological, and environmental factors. Highlighting his recent six-week study, which focused on fostering student self-regulation techniques, "Public education is a matter of public health" addresses how six Baltimore high school classrooms explored the mind-body connection.
Emotional regulation and focus are skills tied to greater success in life and are in high demand in the modern workplace. These social skills diminish under situations of intense stress, brought on by living conditions in high poverty areas that many students call home.
To combat these negative effects, Showalter trained high school teachers to implement daily exercises and mindfulness activities throughout their academic day. These wellness practices will in turn foster self-regulation routines for students to adopt outside of the classroom. Partnerships throughout Baltimore are heeding the call to nurture the "whole student", such as the Family League of Baltimore and the Baltimore Youth Health and Wellness Strategy. We at Hopkins congratulate Mr. Showalter and look forward to future dialogues as he engages in the continuation of his research.>> FULL STORY
Hopkins study of jazz pianists finds 'happy' and 'sad' music evoke different neural patterns
New research conducted at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine links emotional states to contrasting neural patterns associated with creativity.
Published in January 4, 2016 issue of Scientific Reports, this research relied on the brain scans taken from jazz pianists. Songs were improvised, based on positive and negative imagery.
According to senior author, Charles Limb, MD:
"The notion that we can study complex creativity in artists and musicians from a neuroscientific perspective is an audacious one, but it's one that we're increasingly comfortable with."
>> FULL STORY
Keynote Speaker at NEF Inclusive Education Conference and Accessiblity Expo
October 29, 2015-October 31, 2015
This past week, Dr. Hardiman was a keynote speaker in the 8th Jamaica Inclusive Education Conference and Expo in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Hosted by the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, this professional development event sought to bring the brightest minds working in education and thought leadership to share strategies to foster inclusive environments for students with special needs.
Dr. Hardiman’s keynote presentation “The Science of Education: Connecting Brain Research wth Dimensions of Learning” highlighted her Brain Targeted Teaching model. In addition to her keynote speech, Dr. Hardiman led several workshops that further examined the pedagogical framework of the Brain Targeted Teaching Model. It was an honor to carry on the Johns Hopkins’ tradition of research and innovation, to our partners in Jamaica.>> FULL STORY
DASER: Art and Healing
On September 17, 2015, Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Science hosted a D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (#DASER) exploring art and healing.
Dr. Hardiman was featured in a panel, including Bill O’Brien, Melissa Walker, and Lisa M. Wong.>> FULL STORY
2015 Salzburg Global Seminar, Session 547,
The Neuroscience of Art:
"What are the Sources of Creativity and Innovation?"
Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization invested in engaging current and future leaders in dialogues to develop creative ideas for solving global problems. The conference is held annually in Salzburg, Austria.
This past February, Dr. Hardiman was invited to their recent conference to discuss the Brain Targeted Teaching Model.>> FULL STORY
Reflection of the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model by Johns Hopkins University School of Education doctoral student, Dale Maynard (printed with permission):
"This session presented me with a second encounter with the Brain Targeted Teaching Model and this time I have greater appreciation of the genius of the model. My initial attitude was that it was just another gimmick claiming to be based on neuroscience. However, this second encounter with the model broadened my appreciation. The model is elegant in its simplicity, but brilliant in the way that it aligns teaching practice with brain function. It focuses on three key aspects of teaching and learning: attention and engagement, meaningful experience, and assessment. The first three targets aim to focus attention, and engage students, while the last three involve meaningful experience and assessment. In other words, in order for the brain to precipitate the learning process, attention and engagement are needed. This the teacher accomplishes by paying attention to the emotional climate, physical environment, and learning design. Similarly, in order to ensure ultimate attainment of learning objectives, effective assessment and meaningful experiences that include the psychological uniqueness of the child and authentic experiences are required, and teacher accomplishes both these tasks through the targets of teaching for mastery, teaching for application and evaluating learning.">> FULL STORY
OSHU Lecture "Art and the Learning Brain", June 1, 2015
Oregon Health and Science University will host Dr. Hardiman's lecture "Art and the Learning Brain." It will take place in the Newmark Theater at 7:00pm-8:30pm.
"At a critical time in public education, critics are scrutinizing all aspects of curriculum and teaching styles. As it turns out, arts integration actually improves memory, retention and creativity. Mariale Hardiman, Ed.D. has developed a rich exchenge between teachers and neuroscientists. The results are showing in teacher and parent satisfaction, classroom atmosphere and student outcomes: Her Brain-Targeted Teaching Model is recognized as a national model for both arts programming and integration.">> FULL STORY
National Art Education Association Conference 2015 "How Arts Integration Improves Long Term Retention for Science Content"
Dr. Hardiman and Clare O'Malley Grizzard presented "How Arts Integration Improves Long-Term Retention for Science Content" at the 2015 NAEA conference. Held this year in New Orleans, this year’s conference focused on design thinking.>> FULL STORY
Dr. Hardiman's recent post “New Reasons to Teach and Learn Through the Arts”, ARTSblog
Recently, Dr. Hardiman was approached by ARTSblog to submit an article regarding her studies related to arts integration and retention of content.>> FULL STORY
BTT Goes to India: An Update From Jimmie Walker
December 8, 2015
Recently, Jimmie Walker contacted us with an engrossing account of her time spent thusfar on her case study with the Intellitots Preschool, based in Dehli, India.
The Intellitots instructional team is using research, via the BrainTargeted Teaching Model, to inform their curriculum development and school mission.
Today was my first day with the staff at Intellitots and they were warm and welcoming.
They greet students and parents everyday on the front steps of the school.
We had a great learning time together focusing on BT 1/ BT 6 and providing effective feedback to very young learners.
This was the topic Pooja wanted me to address with the staff because it links in with other training they have recently completed. I got to interview teachers and administrators and watch several classes. One of my favorites was the outdoor PE with yoga and then hopping and dancing to "I'm a Gummy Bear".
Thanks for everyone's support and help to make this trip a reality.
What an experience!”>> FULL STORY
2015 Arts and Education Conference, “Deconstructing the Arts: Implementation to Outcomes”
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and AEM Corporation
Dr. Hardiman and Clare O’Malley Grizzard presented a breakout session “STEM to STEAM: How the Arts Can Enhance Instruction.”
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII), makes strategic investments in innovative educational practices through discretionary grant programs. OII administers three distinct arts education discretionary grant programs: Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD), Arts Education National Program (AENP), and Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE).>> FULL STORY
Brain Targeted Teaching Goes to India
Johns Hopkins University doctoral student, Jimmie Walker, is conducting a case study chronicling the implementation of the learning sciences in the Intellitots schools. As a part of her doctoral studies, Jimmie will study how the school combines teacher training, curriculum development, and community building, using the Brain-Targeted Teaching® Model as the overarching framework for how research can inform a school’s vision and instructional practices.
Intellitots is widely recognized for its groundbreaking work in the field of early childhood education and care. This institution is based in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi, India. Founded by Shivani Kapoor and Pooja Goyal 6 years ago, Intellitots’ mission is based on their strong belief that early experiences set the stage for lifelong habits of learning. Now, Kapoor and Goyal’s program has grown to be an education and childcare partner of many multinational companies such as Fortis Healthcare, PepsiCo, and American Express and was awarded the Education Excellence Award for Best Preschool in 2013.
The Intellitots team looked into several models to integrate research from the brain sciences into the curriculum, and the Brain Targeted Teaching® Model resonated for a variety of reasons, including its emphasis on creative problem solving, mastery of learning, the fine arts, and the importance of the emotional and physical climate for learning.
Goyal added, “We also liked that Dr. Hardiman was a teacher and principal and the framework was authentic for classroom practice…bringing in the Brain Targeted Teaching® (BTT) framework was a natural progression of our earlier work. We needed a way to translate research into the curriculum and classroom practice, and Brain Targeted Teaching is a match for us."
DOCUMENTARY ON BRAIN-TARGETED TEACHING MODEL IN THE WORKS!
Documentary filmmaker Ramona Persaud is exploring how teachers can use brain science to engage students of all ages and academic abilities in her new film “Grey Matters" which features the use of the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model in three schools.
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS:
Baltimore Sun>> FULL STORY
Contact us for face-to-face and online training in Brain-Targeted Teaching
Learn about the BTT model from Dr. Hardiman in a face-to- face format. Expand this training through an online Learning Path, Brain-Targeted Teaching for 21st Century Schools through EDUPLANET21.
CONTACT US FOR DETAILS>> FULL STORY
Webinar Recording: Connecting the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model to Common Core State Standards
Learn from Dr. Mariale Hardiman -- co-founder and director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Neuro-Education Initiative -- and Clare O'Malley Grizzard in an activity-based webinar focused on the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model. Discover how to use the model to plan, teach, and assess effective lessons to help students learn Common Core State Standards. And discover how the model helps all students to learn through techniques that foster innovation and creative problem solving.>> FULL STORY
We are thrilled to announce the publication of Dr. Hardiman's new book, The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century Schools. Buy it from Corwin Books:
This updated volume describes scores of educationally-relevant findings from the neuro- and cognitive sciences that have never before been collected in a single, accessible, teacher-friendly format. If you're interested in or use Brain-Targeted Teaching®, please do order the book. Educators at all levels will discover that it's filled with useful information they can readily apply in practice.
A free study guide is now available containing valuable discussion questions and websites that expand on each chapter of the book.
Go to the Resources tab and scroll to the Free Downloads section.>> FULL STORY
Dr. Mariale Hardiman's TEDx Talk
Dr. Hardiman delivered a TEDx Talk on the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model and her work at Johns Hopkins University on the Neuro-Education Initiative.>> FULL STORY
An Interview with Dr. Hardiman about her new book: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st Century Schools
Conducted by Mary Ellen Lewis from the Kennedy Krieger High School in the full story video below.>> FULL STORY
This summer, he has been reading Dr. Hardiman’s new book! In the August, 2012 issue of his monthly newsletter “What in the World is Eric Jensen Up to This Month?” Jensen praised Dr. Hardiman’s work.
He wrote, “I completed reading the book The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model. Mariale Hardiman had a tough task in this book. She takes on a huge undertaking to integrate the current research on learning and the brain and puts it into her own model. Tough challenge and it's well done. A good read!”>> FULL STORY
Glenn Whitman Reviews Dr. Hardiman's Book
Check out the new blog written by Glenn Whitman from the Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning at St. Andrew's Episcopal School. Glenn reviews Dr. Hardiman's book highlighting how research in the science of learning can inform and define best practices in 21st century schools.
BTT Moves Across the Globe: Baltimore/DC to California to Greece
In May 2011, Dr. Hardiman was invited to present at the Sixth Annual Conference on Learning Differences sponsored in part by the Greek Ministry of Education and Stavros Niarchos Foundation. American Community School in Athens, the conference organizer, is interested in implementing the Brain-Targeted Teaching® as their instructional framework.
In June 2011, Dr. Hardiman traveled to California to meet with the representatives from the Disney Corporation, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, Sony Screen Gems, the California State Summer School for the Arts, the Los Angeles Partnership Schools, and others, who are excited about the BTT and interested in learning more and using it in their work.
BTT Professional Development
Brain-Targeted Teaching Professional Development began in 2011 with two week-long BTT professional development workshops in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. The first one was co-organized by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, for teachers from private and public schools in the Washington, DC area. The second workshop trained teachers at “Roots and Branches” – a new charter school in Baltimore. In addition, teachers from Northwood Elementary School in Baltimore city received BTT professional development training during 2010-2011 school year. The professional development then expanded to 30 hours of training for Baltimore City Public Schools teachers. From January through May 2012, 30 teachers completed the BTT professional development series and received 3 continuing professional development credits from the Maryland State Department of Education and 2 Achievement Units from Baltimore City Public Schools. Stay tuned for more BTT professional development opportunities.
Mind, Brain, and Teaching Certificate
The fifth cohort of Mind, Brain, and Teaching graduate certificate started in July 2012 and the second online cohort started in January 2012. The next online cohort begins in the Fall of 2013 and the next face-to-face cohort July 2014.
Two school-based research studies are underway. The first study, conducted during 2010-2011 school year and continuing into 2013, investigates how knowledge of brain science influences teachers’ instructional practices. The second study, which started with a preliminary study in the fall of 2011 and will continue through 2014, looks at the effects of Arts Integration on students’ memory for content.
PODCAST: The Marc Steiner Show
Dr. Charles Limb & Dr. Mariale Hardiman discuss arts integration in the classroom.>> FULL STORY
2011 Neuroeducation Summit: Stress and the Brain
On April 28th and 29th, the JHU School of Education partnered with the School of Public Health for the 2011 Neuroeducation Summit. The title was "Stress and the Brain: Implications for Health, Development, and Learning."
PowerPoints from the speakers' presentations can be found here: http://www.jhsph.edu/dept/pfrh/stress_brain.html>> FULL STORY
Video: Brain-Targeted Teaching™
Dr. Mariale Hardiman gives an overview of Brain-Targeted Teaching®.>> FULL STORY
This is Your Brain on Art!
By: Deborah Rudacille>> FULL STORY
Attention and Engagement in Learning - Summit
"We are pleased to announce the second annual summit sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education’s Neuro-Education Initiative. This year’s summit will explore the topic Attention and Engagement in Learning. It will take place on May 5, 2010 at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, MD.">> FULL STORY
Enhancing Student Attention, Memory, and Motivation
Brain Research and Literacy Development
Edutopia.org | 7 May 2010 | Here's the latest from Edutopia.org: Despite its dominance in the No Child Left Behind era, an across-the-board focus on reading skills may be somewhat misguided...>> FULL STORY
2010 Neuro-Education Summit: Attention and Engagement in Learning
Dana Foundation | 7 May 2010 | Here's a recap of the presenatations from the 2010 Summit, which included talks by Steven Yantis, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; Martha Bridge Denckla, M.D., Kennedy Krieger Institute; Michael Posner, Ph.D., University of Oregon; Daniel Willingham, Ph.D., University of Virginia; and Hal Pashler, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego.>> FULL STORY
September 14, 2016
Dr. Hardiman listed in credits of NOVA's 'School of the Future'
The documentary "School of the Future" on the series NOVA on PBS examines how new strategies involving neuroscience and technology are implemented in public and charter school settings to address the socioeconomic challenges students face and prepare them for the future. You will see Dr. Hardiman's name in the credits as she served as consultant on the documentary's direction and script.
To see the documentary in full, visit the link below:>> FULL STORY