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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.  



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.




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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."

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.



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.


The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century Schools Now Available!

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Dr. Hardiman's new book, The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model for 21st-Century SchoolsBuy 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.


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.


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.


What has Eric Jensen been up to lately?

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!”


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.

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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.

Research Studies

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.


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:


Video: Brain-Targeted Teaching™

Dr. Mariale Hardiman gives an overview of Brain-Targeted Teaching®.


This is Your Brain on Art!
Neuro-ed researchers say that creativity can set kids' minds on fire!

By: Deborah Rudacille


Attention and Engagement in Learning - Summit

American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. 5, May 2010.

 "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."


Enhancing Student Attention, Memory, and Motivation

Learning and the Brain Conference | 6-8 May 2010 | Connecting Attention, Emotions & Memory for Effective Teaching:  Presentation by Mariale M. Hardiman, EdD, Co-Director, Neuro-Education Initiative; Chair, Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies; Assistant Dean, Urban School Partnerships, School of Education, Johns Hopkins University; Former Principal; author of Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: The Brain-Targeted Teaching Model (2003)


Brain Research and Literacy Development | 7 May 2010 | Here's the latest from Despite its dominance in the No Child Left Behind era, an across-the-board focus on reading skills may be somewhat misguided...


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.