MARIO Research Informed
Rooted in research and evidence-based
Interdisciplinary research is kept at the core of pedagogical decision making in the classroom.

At MARIO, every aspect of our framework is built upon the highest-quality interdisciplinary research available. This commitment to research-informed decision making ensures that we are providing our students with the greatest opportunities for success.

We update our research-base continually. Whether reviewing effect sizes for academic intervention strategies or diving deep into seminal research in order to fine-tune an aspect of a learning module, we are always searching for practices that will improve outcomes for our students.

We believe that research should be accessible to all. We digest ground-breaking studies into manageable summaries in our MARIO Memos, and through our MARIO Educator courses, we prepare you to become a life-long reader of research.

Our investment in research leads to transformative practice, such as increasing student motivation. Because MARIO is informed by an expansive base of research and evidence, the practices we have built into the framework successfully foster deep motivation in students. Through self-directed learning and the setting of personalized goals, we empower students to invest in what truly matters most to them. We demystify the process of developing intrinsic motivation.

We believe in avoiding gimmicks. We ask educators to dedicate a significant amount of time to building positive expert-novice relationships with their students. Research from the fields of cognitive science, psychology, and medicine heavily influenced this approach, and the results are remarkable. We will not ask you to invest in approaches without empirical support or strong evidence of efficacy because your time is valuable and your students deserve the best.

Connections to Universal Design Learning

Universal Design for Learning strategically aligns with the MARIO Framework’s strong foundation of research-informed practice by rooting all guidelines in the evidence base.

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CAST, the founders of UDL note, “UDL is based upon the most widely replicated finding in educational research: learners are highly variable in their response to instruction. In virtually every report of research on instruction or intervention, individual differences are not only evident in the results; they are prominent.” UDL Guidelines are informed from research in neuroscience, the learning sciences, and cognitive psychology .

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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

Research-Informed 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. Every day, new research pushes our understanding of learning beyond what we knew the day before. MARIO and UDL share a commitment to research-informed, evidence-based practices. We strive to continually redefine and strengthen MARIO based on the most current interdisciplinary findings.

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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