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There is a good chance you already know Mockingbird Education as one of the most well-known and respected professional development providers in youth development and adult education.  

But what you may not know is that in addition to developing instructional talent, we design and create curriculum and help organizations turn grants and organizational initiatives into positive outcomes for vulnerable learners. 

Vulnerable learners are the heart and center of our work.  Vulnerable learners are present in many education sectors and service industries and as a result, we work in a diversity of  institutions, organizations, and  industries.   Learn more about vulnerable learners and the challenges they face.

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We Solve Instructional Challenges

For almost 20 years, we have helped adult education and youth development programs improve the educational outcomes of vulnerable learners. We turn grants into reality and organizational initiatives into outcomes.  Mockingbird Education designs technical assistance and systemic support for learning and development initiatives that serve vulnerable learners.  We understand scale and organizational change and have designed and implemented technical assistance in learning and development for multi-country, multi-state, statewide, and  small organizations.  

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We Develop
Instructional Talent

We develop instructional talent in educators and programs who work with the most reluctant and demanding learners.  

Mockingbird Education provides workshops in instructional strategies to help you teach the most vulnerable learners, in the most difficult circumstances, with minimal support, and using the least amount of resources.

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We Design and Develop Curriculum

Let’s be honest.  Canned curriculum is difficult to modify and vulnerable learners find it boring anyway.  

Mockingbird Education creates curriculum to meet educational, organizational, and industry standards and objectives.  We are not boring and our curriculum isn't either.   We develop program curriculum according to five elements of humanistic design.  These elements are participation, variation, integration, self, and relevancy.

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Mockingbird Methodology

The Mockingbird Methodology is a research-based, active learning instructional approach grounded in the principles of cognitive learning and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  The methodology reengages vulnerable, resistant, and reluctant learners in classroom learning by actively engaging learner’s behaviors, emotions, and thoughts in classroom instruction.  Mockingbird’s methodology focuses on teaching content while strengthening learners’ esteem, academic competence, and self advocacy skills.

The Mockingbird Methodology is designed to be integrated into a program, district, or classroom’s existing instruction and curriculum. Our principles are grounded in over 60 years of research in the areas of cognitive science, resiliency, sociocultural learning theory, youth development, andragogy, and adult basic education and literacy.  Additionally, the methodology aligns with psychological research on identity, motivation, and engagement.

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Meet Mockingbird Education

We engage in our work with passion, energy, and without apology.  Our culture is driven by the mantra,  'I am not afraid of better!"  and in this spirit, we continuously challenge ourselves, each other, and our clients.

While each of our staff members have a personal WHY for choosing Mockingbird and this profession, collectively we believe in the wonder of learners, the power of educators, and the potential of education. 


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Are you READY to learn with Mockingbird Education?

From online workshops to certification courses, we offer a variety of customized solutions to help our clients meet their professional development needs. Learn how to increase your instructional talent.  Select a professional development opportunity that matches your agency needs. 

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Summer Online Workshops

Can't Travel? We have the solution. Mockingbird Education will challenge your expectations for online learning. Get ready for an inspiring, engaging, and excit... more

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2017 Public Workshops

READY Workshops are introductory Mockingbird Methodology trainings that provide curriculum and instruction solutions for difficult-to-reach, struggling, and res... more

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Monthly Memberships

Monthly Memberships

Coming soon....Monthly memberships include online workshops, self-paced sessions, staff development resources, coaching, demonstration sessions, and downloadabl...

Certificate Courses

Certificate Courses

Coming soon...Earn Methodology certifications. Topics including cognitive behavioral management, cognitive learning, creating purpose not power communities, an...

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