MARIO Innovative
At the crossroads of research and practice
The MARIO Framework and MARIO Educators are always striving to become better versions of themselves via healthy experimentation based on cutting-edge research.

At MARIO, we push beyond the status quo. We are reimagining special education so that it truly embodies the current understandings around practices that lead to meaningful, life-long growth in students.

The practical application of current research requires that we review, edit, and revise the learning opportunities we provide to our students, ensuring the cumulative experiences within our classrooms lead to improved outcomes.

You can dream big. Yesterday’s model does not have to be tomorrow’s rule. Ideate cyclically so that you avoid stagnation. When something doesn’t work, reflect and develop a new prototype.

The MARIO Approach™ is a unique one-to-one learning teaching pedagogy that has proven to have a substantial impact on learning outcomes for students in special education programs.

With MARIO, you can design for the individual. Personalize the learning experience so that your students become who they want to be, not who the system told them they are. Look for the extraordinary in each learner and guide them towards ownership of their own dreams.

We innovate because the process of growth, the journey, is valued just as highly as the achievement of our goals.

Connections to Universal Design Learning

Universal Design for Learning strategically aligns with the MARIO Framework’s innovative stance by providing students with the opportunity to regularly exercise voice and choice.

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UDL aims to foster expert learners who have built critical skills for innovation. Through a process of choice and reflection, learners are able to find the optimal pathway to reach their learning goals. The same is true for educators in the MARIO Framework. Learn how choice works in UDL through Katie Novak’s Dinner Party Analogy.

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Personalized

There is no “I” in team, but we believe there should be. The MARIO Framework creates a collaborative team where the learner is at the center. The student-teacher dyad is purposeful in its commitment to empower the individual. We then go further by engaging family members to be a part of this process in a meaningful and ongoing way. Differentiation isn’t enough. MARIO helps deliver a truly personalized learning experience for every student so that they learn to value their own strengths and see their areas for growth as unmet goals. We give power to students and families and provide the scaffolds they need to realize the future they want.

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Connections to Universal Design Learning

Innovative Universal Design for Learning strategically aligns with the MARIO Framework’s goal of creating successful self-directed, expert learners. Together, UDL and the MARIO Framework provide special education students with practices and scaffolds to build independence and agency, fostering meta-comprehension and meta-cognitive reflection. Innovative thinking is the engine that drives both UDL and MARIO. Whether designing lessons so that every student can engage in, learn from, and demonstrate their mastery of the central goal or collaborating with the student to determine how they envision their path unfolding as a learner, we embrace the iterative thinking that leads to deep growth.

Comprehensive Solutions

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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Comprehensive Solutions

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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Join the MARIO Family

We are a dedicated group of learners that are constantly seeking to improve the lives of the children we care for. Whether you are a teacher, parent, assistant, or administrator, we give you free access to the most recent special education related research and practices available. Our twice monthly MARIO Memo summarizes and shares studies from peer-reviewed journals, while our learning letters provide insights from MARIO classrooms.

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Join the MARIO Family

We are a dedicated group of learners that are constantly seeking to improve the lives of the children we care for. Whether you are a teacher, parent, assistant, or administrator, we give you free access to the most recent special education related research and practices available. Our twice monthly MARIO Memo summarizes and shares studies from peer-reviewed journals, while our learning letters provide insights from MARIO classrooms.

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