Faculty Expert Profile

Mariale Hardiman

  • Director of the Johns Hopkins Neuro-Education Initiative
  • Professor of Education


  • Neuro-Education Initiative
  • School of Education

Mariale Hardiman is co-founder and director of Johns Hopkins' Neuro-Education Initiative (NEI). The NEI has been recognized as an innovative cross-disciplinary program that provides educators with relevant research from the learning sciences through the Mind, Brain, and Teaching master's and doctoral courses and professional development programs.

Hardiman researches ways to enhance educational practices through techniques that foster innovation and creative problem-solving. She has looked at how arts integration impacts long-term retention of content and student engagement. She has investigated how knowledge of the learning sciences influences teaching practices and teacher efficacy beliefs. Hardiman also developed the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model that was recognized nationally for innovative arts programming.

Before joining Johns Hopkins in 2006, Hardiman worked in the Baltimore City Public Schools for more than 30 years, serving in a variety of leadership and administration related roles. As principal of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, she led the school to its designation as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. With the use of the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model, the school was recognized nationally for innovative arts programming.

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Singing for science
Published March 6, 2019
School of Education study suggests that incorporating arts into the classroom can help students retain more of what they learn

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