NEI Mission & Goals

To create a series of initiatives that (1) determine the intersections, knowledge, and application of brain research in education, (2) explore potential areas of common translational research, and 3) communicate findings to educators and policy-makers through graduate programs, publications, and multiple media outlets. Such initiatives will foster long-term communications and collaboration among interdisciplinary constituencies within Johns Hopkins University and beyond focused on child development and the process of teaching and learning.

The Neuro-Education initiative seeks to:

  • Provide opportunities for dialogue and collaboration among educators and researchers in the brain sciences and other related disciplines to explore the potential intersection and application of research to the learning process. Relevant topics for exploration include perception, attention, memory, emotion, motivation, brain development, spectrum of developmental disabilities, aesthetics, creativity, sleep, stress, and gender differences in learning
  • Provide venues for information sharing across disciplines through (1) Learning Lunches for JHU researchers to share current work and findings; (2) Professional Development Series for educators to learn about a specific topic relevant to teaching and learning; and (3) Conferences/Roundtable Discussions to bring together national panels of researchers and educators for in-depth explorations of specific topics relevant to educational applications
  • Explore and conduct new translational research initiatives between brain science and education to create new knowledge within the context of teaching and learning
  • Develop communications program to share findings with all constituencies
  • Build an interdisciplinary data-base on topics relevant to educational practice and child development
  • Design interdisciplinary graduate certificate and degree program in Neuro-Education
  • Deliver professional development modules for multiple constituencies that employ best practices in teaching, school leadership, and school policy
  • Build collaborative partnerships with other universities and organizations focused on advancing the field of neuro-education