DELVE Learning officially launched in 2012, but the seeds were planted some years ago. After meeting as graduate students at Michigan State University, the DELVE co-founders, James Damico and Mark Baildon, began a collaboration in 2004 that would become the Critical Web Reader Project.

Since 2004, James and Mark have worked with hundreds of teachers and thousands of students in the United States, Singapore, and around the world.

To most effectively and efficiently bring the results of their work over the past decade to as many teachers and students as possible, James and Mark founded DELVE Learning.

James and Mark have also benefited greatly from working and learning in two different content areas and in different contexts across the globe: James as an Associate Professor at Indiana University in the Literacy, Culture, and Language Education Department; Mark as an Associate Professor in Humanities and Social Studies Education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore.

To forge essential links in their work, James and Mark focus on inquiry-based teaching and learning and big questions in education, such as “What does it mean to teach, learn, and live in the 21st century?” The results of their thinking and work can be found in their book, Social Studies as New Literacies in a Global Society: Relational Cosmopolitanism in the Classroom, as well as numerous articles, and presentations.

Dr Damico and Middle School Students