Mia Learning uses technology to motivate children to read, build their personal libraries, and develop their ability to make good choices about reading.
As our technology helps people chart their own paths, together we will draw a more equitable map of the learning landscape.
- Education should cultivate intrinsic motivation to help students become passionate, lifelong readers and self-directed learners.
- Reading helps students imagine new possibilities for their futures and develop the skills and habits of mind they need to make them realities.
- Students should have the opportunity to own their own books.
- Technology should increase the agency of teachers and students.
- Teachers should be able to use artificial intelligence to solve problems they care about.
Darren provides intellectual and managerial leadership. Darren led the Washington office of the National Council of Teachers of English, directed educational technology initiatives for the U.S. Department of Education and National Science Foundation, and conducted research at George Mason University recognized as groundbreaking by the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on the board of the Maya Angelou Schools and the steering committee of the National Adolescent Literacy Coalition.
Kathleen leads engineering and data science work, integrating results of pioneering deep learning and natural language understanding research and cultivating an inclusive, learning-focused company culture. From a career spanning government, defense, and education over four decades, Kathleen brings deep expertise in machine learning, pattern recognition, network analysis, and information visualization.
Chief Bot Maker
Puneet leads engineering in the development and deployment of the user interface and conversational engine for natural language understanding. Puneet brings a proven track record of over 20 years in engineering management, system architecture and software development of cutting-edge products for service providers, enterprises and consumers. He also co-leads a network of Washington, D.C. area deep learning practitioners.
Literacy UX Writer
Diana co-leads the team of playwrights, librarians, and teachers who develop Mia’s literacy content, write her story, and measure the impact of both. A librarian, teacher, writer and producer of children’s plays, Diana founded 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and received the DiReckers Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming.
Partners and Supporters
Mia Learning is based in Washington, D.C. Our office is in the historic Uline Arena, where the first African American played in an NBA game in 1950 and the Beatles played their first concert in the U.S. in 1964. We are a three-minute walk from the NoMa/Gallaudet stop on the Red Line.