Course Description

Credit Validation for MARIO Framework Participants Only

This intensive 12-week course is designed to engage educators in an exploration of research-informed strategies for developing self-directed learners with an emphasis on the MARIO Approach, an evidence-based intervention plan delivered during structured 1:1 learning conversations. At the heart of the MARIO Framework is the commitment to protect, connect, and empower all learners. Participants not only gain knowledge of the Framework and how it can be effectively implemented, they also synthesize this knowledge within the context of their unique community making the learning meaningful and actionable. Participants engage in iterative self-reflection throughout the course, gauge their progress towards mastery through 5 different types of assessments, participate in rich pedagogical conversation with colleagues, and meet online with their coach for robust 1:1 learning conversations. 

Learner Outcomes

  • Understand what the MARIO Framework is and how to apply it in a particular context
  • Set up one-to-one learning sessions and conferencing using the MARIO approach
  • Understand the importance of measuring the impact of different intervention and discover multiple ways to do so
  • Explore different ways to effectively develop self-directed learners
  • Develop an appreciation of design thinking as a professional growth tool by identifying a personal learning goal and tracking goal progress throughout the duration of the course, applying this learning/growth within a unique context
  • Know how to co-create learning conference rubric(s) with the learners that target key learning
  • Develop habits of embedding high-impact research-based learning strategies into classrooms
  • Understand how to create and modify customized protocols and instruments to gather feedback on classroom impact in a meaningful way
  • Learn the value of embedding student and teacher reflections into classrooms, making it easier to implement regular course adjustments
  • Identify and address the biggest obstacle(s) to the successful implementation of the MARIO Approach and Framework
  • Know how to design customized class structures that maximize student learning
  • Create a plan for successfully plotting the MARIO Framework or select particular features of the framework to integrate

Course Details

Number of Units: 7.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for K-12 Special Education Teachers, Learning Support Teachers, General Educators, Content Teachers, EAL Teachers, Administrators.

Required Materials: None


None. Participants gain the most from the course when they are either in teacher training or are actively working in a K-12 setting.

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