MARIO Educator Certification

Becoming a certified MARIO Educator means something special. Our teachers and assistants are equipped with the best in evidence-based learning practices. They know how to personalize learning in a sustainble way through highly-effective one-to-one learning conversations via the MARIO Approach. Consistently improving their impact through design thinking principles, MARIO Educators are highly valued by students, parents, and school administrators.

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Born in Real Classrooms

– Teacher Courses –

Three stand-alone courses (self-study or with a cohort) or one comprehensive course (completed with a cohort) lead to Level 1 certification as a MARIO Educator. Take your practice further with the Experienced Educator course. In addition to obtaining Level 2 certification, you unlock the possibility of becoming a TA or Instructor on future MARIO courses.

Empowering Learners

– Assistant Courses –

Two stand-alone courses (self-study or with a cohort) lead to Level 1 certification as a MARIO Parapro. Take your practice further with the Experienced Assistant course. In addition to obtaining Level 2 certification, you unlock the possibility of becoming a Teacher Assistant or Instructor on future MARIO Assistant courses.

Listen to Our Course Participants

Bernadette Gorczyca, from International School of Amsterdam, shares what being on the MARIO Educator Certification Course is like.

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Derek Pierce, from Hong Kong International School, shares why you should become a MARIO Educator.

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Shekufeh Monadjem, from International School Kenya, shares why the MARIO Educator Course is just what she was looking for.

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Gerald Samuels, from Fairgreen International, shares why the MARIO Educator Course is so powerful.

Course Testimonials

“I took the MARIO Certification course as an upper elementary school educator. The Mario Framework uses high-impact strategies backed up by evidence-based research. The course supported me to grow my teacher toolbox with high-impact strategies that will help move learning forward at an accelerated rate for students. Frequent conferencing and reflection are helping my students become more intrinsically motivated to work on their goals.”

CASEY BLASCHKE – International School of Kenya

The MARIO course laid out a framework that puts the student at the center, emphasizes personalized learning, and teaches the students to be advocates. It’s not about reinventing student support, it’s being mindful of what matters to and is important for our learners and finding opportunities in our own context to provide these intentional, powerful approaches.”

NIKA ESPINOSA – The American International School of Johannesburg

“I absolutely would recommend MARIO to anyone looking to improve on the current practices with supporting students. The focus on empowering the students to become self-directed learners has always been the foundation of my teaching practices, but now I have a system to ensure this based on solid research and best practices.”

JASON PENDELL – Benjamin Franklin International School in Barcelona

“The MARIO course encourages us to make a lot of connections between our own practices, experiences, current research, and perspectives of our classmates. There are so many components within the framework that are backed by research and are included for the purpose of guiding students to be self-directed learners.”

MICHAEL HO – International School Bangkok

“Simply put: When I implement the MARIO Approach, there is an appreciation of being heard and trusted.”

DEREK PIERCE – Hong Kong International School

MARIO Educational Advisory Council

Led by Philip Bowman, we are a team of over fifteen special educators that are always reviewing the best research and evolving our framework as a result. Researchers and thought leaders guide our work, but we take pride in being teachers and administrators that are on the ground at the intersection of theory and practice.

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Empowering Software

Take professional learning further. Our world-class courses teach educators and assistants how to leverage the MARIO Approach and build a MARIO classroom. Our software empowers learners and makes implementation of the MARIO Framework easier and more effective.

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