Mara Krechevsky is a senior researcher at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently the Project Director of 21st Century Excellence, a collaboration with Centro Educacional de Campos, a Brazilian school network, to create a framework for excellence in K-12 teaching and learning, and a co-director of Cultivating Civic and Creative Capacities, a collaboration with the Columbus, OH, Museum of Art. Mara is also a researcher on the Pedagogy of Play Project, a collaboration with the Lego Foundation and the International School of Billund, Denmark, to develop a pedagogy for supporting learning through play from preschool to middle school, and Creando Comunidades de Indagacion a collaboration with the Innova Schools Network in Peru to develop a culture of inquiry-driven teaching and learning. 
Mara has been conducting educational research for over 30 years, including directing Making Learning Visible (MLV), an investigation into documenting and assessing individual and group learning from preschool to high school, based on collaborative research with educators from Reggio Emilia. She has worked with hundreds of teachers and administrators in the U.S. and abroad on creating powerful learning environments for children and adults. Mara was the project director of Project Spectrum, a ten-year research project implementing multiple intelligences theory in early childhood, and Making Learning and Thinking Visible in Italian Secondary Schools, a cross-cultural collaboration to adapt PZ frameworks for Italian secondary schools. Mara has also participated in a number of other projects including Children Are Citizens, Inspiring Agents of ChangePZ Connect Outreach (a collaboration with the Independent Schools of Victoria, Australia), Globalizing the Classroom, Educating for Global Competence, Multiple Intelligences Schools, ATLAS Communities (a collaboration with the Coalition of Essential Schools, the School Development Program, and the Educational Development Center), ATLAS Seminar, and Practical Intelligence for School.
Mara has authored or co-authored numerous articles and books, including Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools (Jossey-Bass, 2013); Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners (Reggio Children, 2001; translated into seven languages); the three-volume series, Project Zero Frameworks for Early Childhood Education (Teachers College Press, 1998; translated into six languages); and Project Zero Limericks from 1987-2013 (Mara is the resident limericist at Project Zero).