Robert J. Marzano

Robert J. Marzano
Alma mater University of Washington
Known for Educational research

Robert J. Marzano is a speaker, trainer, and educational researcher in the United States. He has done educational research and theory on the topics of standards-based assessment, cognition, high-yield teaching strategies, and school leadership, including the development of practical programs and tools for teachers and administrators in K-12 schools.

Marzano is co-founder and CEO of Marzano Research in Centennial, Colorado.[1][2] In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences created the Regional Educational Laboratory (Central) at the Marzano Research, one of ten similar laboratories across the United States. Marzano was named executive director.[3] He is also Executive Director of Learning Sciences Marzano Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.[4]


Marzano has identified three areas central to school improvement reforms: fostering and sustaining system-wide teaching strategies; providing effective feedback to students; and building a strong student academic vocabulary.[5]

In Classroom Instruction That Works (2001), Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock outlined nine instructional strategies likely to improve student achievement across all grade levels and subject areas. These included:

  1. Identifying similarities and differences.
  2. Summarizing and note taking.
  3. Reinforcing effort and providing recognition.
  4. Homework and practice.
  5. Non-linguistic representations.
  6. Cooperative learning.
  7. Setting objectives and providing feedback.
  8. Generating and testing hypotheses.
  9. Cues, questions, and advance organizers.[6]

In 2003, Marzano co-authored Classroom Management That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Every Teacher, which examined effective disciplinary interventions for teachers. They outlined practical steps teachers could implement in classrooms, including establishing rules and procedures; using effective disciplinary interventions; fostering positive student-teacher relationships; developing an effective mental set; and instilling student responsibility.[7] Marzano is co-creator, with Learning Sciences Marzano Center, of the Marzano Hierarchical Evaluation System, which includes evaluation models for teacher, school leader, non-classroom instructor, and district leader evaluation.[8]

Marzano is leader in research on evidence-based education.


Marzano received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Iona College, and a master's degree in reading and language arts from Seattle University. His doctorate was in curriculum and instruction from the University of Washington.[5]


Marzano was the recipient of the 2008 Brock International Prize in Education.[5]


Marzano had authored or co-authored more than 40 books and 150 articles,[9] including:


Articles and chapters in books:


  1. "Robert J. Marzano". Corwin. Retrieved Sep 2013. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. "Robert J. Marzano". Solution Tree. Retrieved Sep 2013. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. "New Regional Educational Laboratory – Central at Marzano Research Laboratory to Focus on Key K–12 Policies". DigitalJournal. Jan 16, 2012.
  4. "Learning Sciences Marzano Center". Learning Sciences Marzano Center. Spring 2012.
  5. 1 2 3 Sagowitz, Megan (Summer 2008). "Robert J. Marzano Named 2008 Winner of Brock International Prize in Education" (PDF). Vantage Point. University of Oklahoma.
  6. "Nine Essential Instructional Strategies". Connecticut State Department of Education. Retrieved Sep 2013. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. "Facilitator Guide: ETFO Book Club" (PDF). Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario. Retrieved Sep 2013. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. "Robert J. Marzano: Bibliography". Halifax Regional School Board. April 2008.
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