MARIO One-to-One
Making learning personally meaningful
One-to-one learning is at the heart of the MARIO Framework. The most meaningful learning becomes possible when students talk and teachers listen.

MARIO is focused on building programs to benefit the student. Tailored programs encourage help-seeking behaviors, fostering self-advocacy skills in students. Expert mentors, MARIO Educators, are skilled at facilitating their student’s growth along the self-directed continuum. This happens within the one-to-one model of service delivery and has long-term positive impacts on learners.

Our structured one-to-one conversations are informed by research around effective practitioner/patient conversations in the medical field. Remarkable potential arises from careful listening of the medical practitioner to the patient, from expert to learner. Cognitive science enriches this understanding through work on how one-to-one conversations transform the neurophysiology of the conversationalists, strengthening the junctions between different regions of the brain.

One-to-one sessions build upon each other. The MARIO Educator looks for opportunities to loop in fresh concepts, connecting them with prior knowledge. As a student interacts with the MARIO Framework, the complexity of the tasks they engage in will increase over time, allowing learners to practice new skill sets with the safe guidance of an expert mentor.

Planning for one-to-one sessions is a collaborative process between educator and student. Regular meetings allow for consistency in reflection and realignment that ultimately results in a more accurate ability to plan and predict the future.

Connections to Universal Design Learning

Universal Design for Learning strategically aligns with the MARIO Framework’s model of one-to-one conferencing by acknowledging the necessity of curating positive relationships between educator and learner.

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David Rose, the father of UDL, was known for saying, “Teaching, at its core, is emotional work.” As educators, we have the power and privilege to create meaningful relationships with students as they become their best selves. By carving out time for one-to-one conferencing and support, students will have dedicated time to reflect, set goals, grow, and make meaningful connections in a model rich with scaffolding, mentoring, and modeling. Start creating a UDL lesson with the UDL Teacher’s Guide.

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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

One-to-One 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. As UDL realizes a learning environment that creates rich opportunity for all learners, MARIO pushes to increase the level of personalization so that the student drives their own growth. Awareness of the individual is ingrained in both frameworks and ensures that learning is personally meaningful to each and every student.

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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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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