Over the past few years, instructional teams, education experts, and classroom teachers at Santa Ana Unified School District have spent thousands of hours developing a comprehensive K-12 Common Core-aligned curriculum that goes beyond standard instruction to include Spanish and Special Education units to support their diverse student population.
With the Learning Navigator, SAUSD created an open, digital library for teachers to access, collaborate and remix units. In addition to a comprehensive set of teacher- and student-facing units, performance tasks, and lessons, the SAUSD team shared Professional Learning modules that give teachers 24/7 access to modules covering immediately relevant topics for Common Core instruction. 3,200 learning collections and assessments cover K-12 Core Subjects with ELL and Special Education support aligned to CCSS and NGSS, Parent Education, and Professional Learning.
In 2011, Mike Fauteux was a veteran math teacher at Leadership Public Schools (LPS) Hayward, a high school where 80% of students enter with math skills below grade level. To backfill these missing 2nd-7th grade pre-algebra skills, he designed a companion class to Algebra 1 called Academic Numeracy. The result was a powerful combination of direct instruction, self-paced resources, real-time assessments, and features to build growth mindset and collaboration. Students’ understanding and excitement for learning soared. They took meaningful ownership of their learning and moved from elementary proficiency into college readiness by graduation.
Students who started Navigate Math below grade level gained an average of 2.8 grade levels of math per year with this approach, as measured by the NWEA MAP. Several teachers across four LPS schools began using the math approach with the same successful results, whether they were veteran or new teachers.
Navigator's ability to "Locate the Learner" is designed for scale with one representational model that is consistent across all facets of learning - subjects, non-cognitive, and socio-emotional. The representational model tracks progress and performance as well as non-cognitive measures. Our visualization model is intuitive and actionable for all stakeholders. While other systems deal with extreme details, we enable learners with abstracted visualization that is actionable.
Digital learning is not about watching videos and answering multiple-choice questions. Navigator scales because it captures data from a full-spectrum of learning activities. Offline projects, writing essays, and proofs are graded using rubrics and entered by the teacher. Digital videos, simulations, and multiple-choice enhance the learning experience. All types of digital, offline, and social learning produce digital data and helps to dynamically locate the learner's knowledge, skills, and mindsets.
A large number of students around the world have limited access to devices or connectivity. Navigator scales by working in classrooms with one teacher, one smartphone, and limited internet access to schools with computer labs and technology-rich environments with one-to-one devices and broadband connectivity.
Navigator is designed for all learners, including those with special needs. Learners with disabilities have skylines that locate them and obtain individual pathways with activities that are appropriate to them, including resources appropriate for the hearing impaired, those with color blindness, or learners on the autism spectrum.
The Navigated Learning approach leverages a peer network that establishes trust to serve even those stakeholders who may be disengaged.
Navigator enables all ecosystem players in their practices. Non-profit and for-profit organizations can bring their content to Navigator.
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