Mara is a senior researcher at Project Zero. For over 30 years, Mara has conducted educational research at PZ, including directing the Making Learning Visible (MLV) Project, an investigation into documenting and assessing individual and group learning in U.S. classrooms from preschool to high school. MLV is based on collaborative research with educators from the municipal preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Currently, Mara works on the Pedagogy of Play Project, a collaboration with the International School of Billund, Denmark, to develop a pedagogy of play from early childhood through middle school. She also co-leads the Children Are Citizens: Children and Teachers Collaborating across Washington, DC Project with Ben Mardell and Jim Reese. Mara has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in the U.S. and abroad on creating powerful learning environments for children and adults. She has authored or co-authored seven books and over 30 articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, co-authored with Mardell, Rivard, and Wilson is Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools.