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Mockingbird Education

MB Methodology

Mockingbird Education

The Mockingbird Methodology is a Cognitive Behavioral Learning Approach that Reengages Vulnerable Learners.


Our nationally and internationally recognized approach exclusively serves those who teach the most vulnerable learners.  From adult education, alternative education, and correctional systems within the United States, to gang prevention programs in Central America, to employment programs in economically disadvantaged regions of Africa, Mockingbird's Methodology is integrated into the most demanding and difficult learning contexts.  

The methodology is a collection of cognitive instructional strategies that are designed to actively engage learner behaviors, emotions, and thoughts into learning.  These strategies help educators facilitate and mediate learning experiences that help learners master academic content while simultaneously teaching learners how to restructure negative thinking and behavioral patterns that  impede learning and academic success.  The collection of strategies is grounded in over 60 years of research in the areas of cognitive science, resiliency, sociocultural learning theory, youth development,  pedagogy, and adult education and literacy.  Additionally, the methodology aligns with psychological research on identity, motivation, and engagement. 

Instructional strategies address learner receptivity and motivation, learner attention, and learner engagement.  Additionally, the Mockingbird Methodology provides specific and general cognitive teaching strategies for teaching  ‘difficult content’ such as reading, critical thinking, and conceptual knowledge.

The Methodology is designed to be integrated into an organization's existing curriculum and instructional approach. Our clients include adult basic education programs, alternative education, vocational education, and traditional public schools, however, our methodology and approach has also been integrated into counseling programs, cognitive behavior therapy, and other social service and education sectors that serve vulnerable learners.

The Mockingbird Methodology is:

  •  Active
  • Learner-centered 
  • Holistic
  • Flexible
  • Research-based


Integrate methodology strategies into your existing school or program or use the methodology to develop curriculum and instruction for your school or program.

Click here to learn more about vulnerable learners.

Click here for information about the 5 elements of the Mockingbird Methodology.

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