Making a difference, one teacher at a time.

One day a man was walking along a sandy beach where hundreds of starfish had washed up on the shore. He noticed a boy in the distance picking them up one by one and gently throwing them back into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?” The boy explained that he was returning the starfish to the sea. The man challenged, “There are too many. It can’t possibly make a difference.” At that, the boy picked up another starfish, threw it into the ocean, and said with a smile, “It made a difference to that one.”

– Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley


IDE Corp. strives to be the world leader in visioning, designing, and implementing instructional and organizational models that empower all learners.

We engage educators in continual reflective practice to shift paradigms and to transform the teaching/learning process. IDE believes that teachers should be the architects and facilitators of complex learning environments that provide all students with access to a rich and academically-rigorous curriculum.

  • We design innovative learning environments in schools, universities, homes, businesses, and the world.
  • We create learning environments that meld the possibilities of the future with the practicalities of the present.
  • We motivate educators to shift their belief systems to new ways of thinking.
  • We educate others in new strategies and structures for results-oriented learning environments.
  • We make a difference: one student, one teacher, one administrator, one school, one district, one corner of our world at a time….

Learning matters! Whether we help design physical or virtual learning environments for K-12 schools, colleges, or universities, IDE Corp. focuses on maximizing learning potential and results in a globally-connected, technologically-empowered society.

David Sousa (author of How the Brain Learns) — tells us that information moves into the brain’s long-term memory when it makes sense and has meaning. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Living) — tells us that learning takes place when we are in flow, that is, when the tasks we are asked to perform are just above our ability level. We believe that presenting students with authentic, open-ended, higher-order problems up front drives instruction and creates a sense of meaning and flow.

We have developed a comprehensive classroom model, the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™ that is the embodiment of 21st century skill development, emphasizing high academic achievement. Our work is informed by the research and work of many theorists, which we synthesize into one, systems-based learning environment. Our approach is an effective solution to achieving the Common Core State Standards.

This model for instruction can be found in the best-selling books by IDE President and Founder Dr. Nancy Sulla, Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom, her second book, It’s Not What You Teach But How: 7 Insights to Making the CCSS Work for You, and her newly-released third book Building Executive Function: The Missing Link To Student Achievement.

The Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom™ puts students at the center of the learning environment, moves teachers from the front of the room to sitting alongside students, and addresses three key goals:

  • student engagement (grappling with content)
  • student responsibility for learning
  • academic rigor