Our Supporting Academic Researchers
These academic researchers support our mission to help bridge the gap between educational researchers and practitioners, especially in relation to the field of special education. Together with MARIO, they are committed to empowering and inspiring more teacher-researchers.
Emeritus Professor, University of Plymouth
University of Texas Austin
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, Queensland University of Technology
University of Kansas
Britney L Jones
University of Connecticut
University of Bolzano Italy
King Saud University
Valteri Centre for Learning and Consulting
Department of Education and Special Education, University of Gothenburg
Robert L Hendren
University of California, San Francisco
Tarleton State University
Ball State University
Growing Minds Consulting, LLC
Dr. Kathleen M. Randolph, BCBA-D
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Penn State University
Patrick LaCount, PhD
Practical Psychological Services
Renée E. Lastrapes, PhD
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Julie Christine Wharton
University of Winchester
Kristianstad University, Faculty of Education
Grace C Fantaroni
Point Loma Nazarene University
The MARIO Framework: Why It Works
The MARIO Framework is founded on what science has revealed about learning – including disciplines concerning the whole person and the ways we gain mastery.
In neuroscience, exciting new research shows how one-to-one conversations like those in the MARIO Framework transform the neurophysiology of the conversationalists, strengthening the junctions between different regions of their brains.
Insights from medicine inform the MARIO emphasis on the expert/learner relationship, grounded in how “exceptional potential” arises from careful listening of the medical practitioner to the patient.
Knowledge from Design Thinking informs the iterative, student-centered approach to goal setting and outcomes improvement.
Ecological Systems Theory
Ecological systems theory sets the context for learner progress – filtered and focused via the cultivation of self-awareness.
Psychology, particularly research in sociolinguistics, reveals how the one-to-one learning of MARIO facilitates the best outcomes via a flexible combination of educational psychology paradigms.