We believe that when individuals experience autonomy, competence, and relatedness they have the greatest potential for efficacy and happiness.

We believe that inhibitors to autonomy, competence and relatedness in schools stem from a lack of understanding of  1) human motivation, 2) human cognition, and 3) human systems. When these three fundamental concepts are addressed, schools can become a place for self-actualization.

Therefore, we dedicate ourselves to bring to light the research in these areas, and create practical solutions that will help schools, districts, states and countries embrace the potential of agentic learning for every learner.

What is Agentic Learning?

Agentic: An individual’s power to control their goals, actions and destiny.

Agentic stems from the word “agency.” Webster’s Dictionary defines agency as the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power. In the late 1980s, Stanford University Psychologist Albert Bandura began developing a theory of social cognition that he associated with self-efficacy. He later examined more specifically the role of agency and motivation, and coined the term Agentic, in which people are viewed as self-organizing, proactive, self-reflecting and self-regulated.

Agentic Learning: In education, Agentic is defined as the self-directed actions aimed at personal growth and development based on self-chosen goals.  Agentic Learning is when students of their own volition initiate actions that drive their learning.

Agentic Learning Environment: An environment that fosters intrinsic motivation and supports the learners goals with effective pedagogy.

Our Founders

Marie Bjerede
Marie Bjerede President
Before her decade in education work, Marie spent over 10 years as a practitioner in developing self-organizing teams fueled by employee agency while a Fortune 500 Vice President.
Michael Gielniak, PhD
Michael Gielniak, PhD Chief Executive Officer
Michael has over 30 years experience as an educator and education leader. Michael was the COO of the One to One Institute and a Principal Author of Project Red.
Roger Lo
Roger Lo Chief Technology Officer
Roger has over 25 years experience as a software developer and architect including web and mobile development.