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Mariale Hardiman, vice dean of the School of Education, was a keynote speaker in the 8th Jamaica Inclusive Education Conference and Expo in Montego Bay, Jamaica, that ran from October 29 to 31. Hosted by the Nathan Ebanks Foundation, this professional development event encouraged the brightest minds working in education and thought leadership to share strategies for fostering inclusive environments for students with special needs.

Her keynote presentation, “The Science of Education: Connecting Brain Research with Dimensions of Learning,” highlighted her Brain-Targeted Teaching model. The model shows how to apply relevant research from educational and cognitive neuroscience to a pedagogical framework that can be used in the classroom and is compatible with various professional development programs.

She also led educators in several workshops, including “Connecting Brain Research with Effective Teaching: Further Exploration of the Brain-Targeted Teaching Model and Arts Integration,” which explored the model by examining each step of the pedagogical framework.

“It was an honor to carry on the Johns Hopkins’ tradition of research and innovation, to our partners in Jamaica,” said Dr. Hardiman.

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