I am concerned that my child’s academic progress and skill development will regress as they move from teacher to teacher in different grade levels and classes

I worry that I won’t have a full understanding of what my child is working on in school

What if the teacher doesn’t understand the unique needs of my child?

How can I support my child’s growth at home?

How it changes learning outcomes?

The combination of the MARIO Framework and the MARIO for Me Software allows teachers to access and record meaningful data in a manner that best encapsulates student learning. The efficiency of the software streamlines the process of collecting data, setting goals, evaluating growth, and reflecting on action steps. As a result, teachers are able to spend more time building strong relationships with their students as they work towards achieving student goals, and less time navigating paperwork. Ultimately, through using the software and MARIO Framework simultaneously, students actively work towards becoming expert learners.

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MARIO Framework & Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Creating Expert Learners Together

The MARIO Framework wants to empower special educators to apply UDL principles within a one-to-one learning context. To this end, the MARIO Framework has teamed up with internationally renowned UDL expert Katie Novak, Ed.D. to ensure UDL principles are woven seamlessly throughout the MARIO 101 Framework and course.

Katie Novak, Ed.D.

Philip Bowman

While working as a special education teacher at International School Bangkok, founder Philip Bowman saw the need for a new paradigm in special education. He was inspired to create an innovative approach based on one-to-one learning conversations, which led to remarkable advances in his students. From Philip’s classroom came the MARIO Approach.

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Powerful learning happens when we focus on what’s meaningful, and what is meaningful for one learner isn’t necessarily meaningful for another learner.

Philip Bowman

Founder of the MARIO Framework

Listening

We believe students should do more talking and teachers should do more listening.

Researching

We prioritize identification and implementation of the best practices in learning and teaching.

Measuring

We meaningfully measure our impact and help other educators do so too.

Creating Partnerships

We focus on building the best relationships possible, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Empowering

We understand that change is more meaningful when it comes from within.

Setting High Expectations

We know that setting high expectations is a critical first step to achieving remarkable results.

Being Flexible

We serve diverse needs and recognize the importance of flexible structures and approaches.

Innovating

We are always improving our framework and finding new ways to increase our impact.

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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Online Professional Learning that Makes a Difference

Understanding and Setting Up the MARIO Framework

This MARIO certification course will help participants create a wide range of customized tools, strategies, and structures that will assist them in confidently launching or upgrading their personalized special education approach.

Rich Resources

Engaging & Enjoyable Learning

Top-Tier Recognition

MARIO Educator Certification

Personalized Learning

Focus on what’s meaningful

Lasting Relationships

Connect with educators like you

MARIO Instructor Pathway

A MARIO Educator at Your School

Administrators

Increase collective teacher-efficacy in your school as MARIO Educators implement and share their professional learning initatives.
Read this document to learn more about what it is like to have a MARIO Educator in your faculty.

Educators

Take your craft to the next level and learn how to build classes that really deliver an effective personalized learning experience.

Parents

Your child will benefit from an evidence-based approach that results in better academic outcomes now and increased learning skills in the future.
Read this document to learn more about what it is like to have a MARIO Educator as your child’s teacher.

Register for MARIO Introduction

The Introduction to the MARIO Framework is an asynchronous self-study course that can be started anytime. After learning about the framework, you’ll get the chance to have a one-to-one conversation with a MARIO Instructor.

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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One-to-One Conversations

While working as a special education teacher at International School Bangkok, founder Philip Bowman saw the need for a new paradigm in special education. He was inspired to create an innovative approach centered around one-to-one learning conversations, which led to remarkable advances in his students. From Philip’s classroom came the MARIO Approach.

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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.

MARIO & Universal Design for Learning

All students deserve access to engaging and challenging learning experiences that authentically meet their needs. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework, or set of design principles, that embrace student variability and provide flexible opportunities for students to learn as they become purposeful, motivated, resourceful,
knowledgeable, strategic, and goal-directed.
Universal Design for Learning strategically aligns with the MARIO Framework’s goal of ultimately creating successful self-directed, expert learners. Teaching learning strategies that foster meta-comprehension, and meta-cognitive reflection are routinely implemented to build these skills over time. Together, UDL and the MARIO framework provide special education students with practices and scaffolds to build independence and agency, while fostering collaboration and community and personalized, individualized growt

MEASURED

All MARIO Educators
learn to measure
the efficacy of their
instruction and
continuously improve
student learning.

AMBITIOUS

All students have the capability to do things that will amaze us. Educators help students set and achieve high
expectations.

RESEARCH- INFORMED

Interdisciplinary research is kept at the core of pedagogical decision making in the classroom.

INNOVATIVE

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

ONE-TO-ONE LEARNING

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

PERSONALIZED

Individualized education isn’t enough for our learners. We empower our students to truly own their learning.

Connections to Universal Design for Learning

UDL is focused on “firm
goals, flexible means.”
When educators
heighten the salience
of goals and objectives
and continually monitor progress toward those
goals with learners, they build shared responsibility for learning and growth.
The UDL Flowchart helps us determine if our UDL lesson plans are having the intended outcomes.

bit.ly/UDL-flowchart

All students can reach
high expectations when practitioners critically
examine “one-size fits-all” approaches to
teaching and learning and
provide flexible pathways
for students to reach goals. Additionally, UDL
practitioners help to
build student motivation
and reach those goals
through meaningful
relationships, scaffolds,
supports, and flexible
design.
This video provides a teacher’s account on how setting high expectations
helps students with
special needs excel.

bit.ly/udl-expectations

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.

bit.ly/UDL-research

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.

bit.ly/UDL-Dinner-Party

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 1:1 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.

bit.ly/UDL-Teachers-Guide

The goal of UDL is for
students to become
expert learners – those
who are purposeful and
motivated, resourceful
and knowledgeable,
and strategic and goaldirected – by learning to
self-differentiate and
make the best choices for themselves.
Learn about expert
learning with this blog
and infographic from
Unlearning.

bit.ly/UDL-Expert Learning

We believe that one-to-one conversations are the key to unlocking student potential and creating self-directed learners.

While working as a special education teacher at International School Bangkok, founder Philip Bowman saw the need for a new paradigm in special education. He was inspired to create an innovative approach based on one-to-one sessions, which led to remarkable advances in his students. From Philip’s classroom came the MARIO Framework.
The MARIO Framework is now a comprehensive system of flexible modules that empowers teachers to build their own living and evolving program specifically designed for their context. We know one-size-fits-all solutions don’t work in education and recognize the importance of highlighting best practices while building teacher and student efficacy.
The MARIO Framework is quickly being adopted by premier institutions around the world, currently reaching over fifteen countries. As it grows, the MARIO Framework is constantly evolving to take into account best practices in education as well as new interdisciplinary insights.

To support and empower MARIO Educators, we’ve developed robust professional learning courses and software built by a team of expert special educators located around the world. Our innovative courses utilize original videos, curated research, in-depth guidebooks, inquiry-based discussions, personalized learning projects, one-to-one learning conversations, and ongoing evaluation and feedback. Our software redefines what special education is capable of.

Multiple means

UDL is an educational framework built upon decades of mind, brain, and education research that espouses three primary principles, all of which remind educators to provide students with options for personalizing their education.

Multiple means of engagement

The why of learning

Multiple means of representation

The what of learning

Multiple means of action and expression

The how of learning

School climate is a critical component for successful school outcomes. The type of engagement occurring between students, faculty, and the community,…
Bringing clarity to how we ascertain veracity can support our ability to identify high-quality interventions.
DeVries, Knickenberg, and Trygger report complex relationships between student characteristics (ie. the presence of learning differences), and self-p…
The study explores factors that affect data-based decision making (DBDM), which has been established as an essential part to student progress, partic…
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Built By Teachers & Admin, For Teachers & Admin

We understand what you need and have created a truly unique suite of tools that make evidence based practices easier to implement, measure and showcase. No matter if you are virtual, in-person, or hybrid, we will improve learning outcomes together.

Student Privacy Protection

Student privacy and safety comes first. We’ve partnered with PRIVO to ensure MARIO for Me is COPPA, FERPA, and GDPR compliant

Empower Learners

MARIO for Me gives learners (students and teachers) incredible tools to learn in ways not previously possible.

Engage with Family

Parents interact with learning that educators and students choose to share. Parents become co-teachers in their child’s learning journey.

Close Gaps

The MARIO Approach is an evidence-based intervention with a measured effect size of .91. Catalyze learning now and in the future.

Measure what Matters

Deep personalization helps you measure what you value, not the other way around.

Model Success

Our unique teacher & student-facing software empowers teachers to role-model what successful learning looks like.

Improve Compliance

MARIO for Me’s extensive customized reports ensure your school can prove learning is happening in a variety of different ways.

Reduce Workload

We’ve made it easier to prepare for learning conversations, track interventions, measure growth, write reports, and communicate home.

MARIO Educator Certification Understanding and Setting Up the MARIO Framework

This comprehensive MARIO course leads to certification in delivering the the MARIO Approach and as an official MARIO Level 1 Educator. After successful completion of the course, learners will be awarded 80 Continuing Education hours.

Although the MARIO Framework was originally designed to be delivered in physical classrooms, we have learned that it is also a first-rate virtual learning solution. Whether you plan on working with students in the classroom, online, or in a hybrid scenario, MARIO Educator Certification will take your professional practice to the next level.

Rich Resources

Learning that’s enjoyable

Top-Tier Recognition

MARIO Educator Certification

Personalized Learning

Focus on what’s meaningful

Lasting Relationships

Connect with educators like you

MARIO MEMO

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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Testimonials

The MARIO for Me ™ Software Takes UDL Even Further

In a MARIO classroom, the Personalized Learning Plan reflects these principles by providing options for recruiting learner interest, sustaining effort and persistence, and encouraging self-regulation. Learners are given the choice and autonomy to work toward and reflect on goals that are personally relevant and meaningful, allowing them to make direct connections about the work they are doing.
When learners are provided with options and choices, they have opportunities to become expert learners who develop meta-attention, meta-comprehension, and meta-cognitive reflection.
The MARIO for Me Software takes UDL even further by empowering students with tools that give them increased ownership of their personal learning journey.

Experienced Assistant

Parapro Instruction

The MARIO for Me Software takes UDL even further

Unparalleled Professional Learning

One-to-One Learning

In addition to using some of the best edtech available to accelerate learning (including Canvas Instructure, Packback, Peerceptiv, and Goreact) and access to incredible resources, you’ll be encouraged to schedule one-to-one learning conversations with your teacher assistants and instructor.

Meaningful Courses for Everyone

We believe professional learning should not be a one-size-fits-all solution. You will be using the MARIO Framework to create a custom program that is tailored specifically to your school’s context.

MARIO Instructor Pathways

Level 1 MARIO Educator Certification can be achieved by successfully completing three stand alone courses or by taking one comprehensive certification course. There are no prerequisites to taking these courses. Once you’ve completed your Level 1 Certification, you can take the Experienced Educator course and qualify to be a MARIO Teacher Assistant or Instructor who develops future MARIO Educators through our first-class courses.

We are going beyond creating a framework.

We are reimagining Special Education

Start Your Journey

01

Take IEPs further by learning how to create Personalized Learning Plans. Empower your learners to take ownership of their learning and set them up for a more meaningful exxperience.

02

Take IEPs further by learning how to create Personalized Learning Plans. Empower your learners to take ownership of their learning and set them up for a more meaningful exxperience.

03

Take IEPs further by learning how to create Personalized Learning Plans. Empower your learners to take ownership of their learning and set them up for a more meaningful exxperience.

Through the MARIO Approch, learners begin to develop

  • through the creation and planning of their personalized learning goals.
  • through regularly discussing their learning process in the one-to-one space with the educator modeling thinking processes
  • through self-assessment in the one-to-one learning environment where the educator asks leading and guidng questions and provides self-monitoring tools

Teacher Courses

Level 1 MARIO Educator Certification can be achieved by successfully completing three stand alone courses or by taking one comprehensive certification course. There are no prerequisites to taking these courses. Once you’ve completed your Level 1 Certification, you can take the Experienced Educator course and qualify to be a MARIO Teacher Assistant or Instructor who develops future MARIO Educators through our first-class courses.

Assistant Courses

We believe Assistants and Paraprofessionals deserve high quality professional learning opportunities. Successfully complete the MARIO Approach for Assisstants and MARIO Assistant Course to earn Level 1 MARIO Parapro Certification. Just like the teacher track, you can further improve your practice through the MARIO Experienced Assistant Course and qualify to teach and certify future MARIO Parapros.

Teacher Courses

Level 1 MARIO Educator Certification can be achieved by successfully completing three stand alone courses or by taking one comprehensive certification course. There are no prerequisites to taking these courses. Once you’ve completed your Level 1 Certification, you can take the Experienced Educator course and qualify to be a MARIO Teacher Assistant or Instructor who develops future MARIO Educators through our first-class courses.

Assistant Courses

We believe Assistants and Paraprofessionals deserve high quality professional learning opportunities. Successfully complete the MARIO Approach for Assisstants and MARIO Assistant Course to earn Level 1 MARIO Parapro Certification. Just like the teacher track, you can further improve your practice through the MARIO Experienced Assistant Course and qualify to teach and certify future MARIO Parapros.

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Schedule a conversation to explore how the MARIO Framework and our comprehensive training, software, and certification packages can transform learning outcomes and set your school apart.