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.
Learning Navigator is free to users while partners who leverage Navigator support the operations cost through their programs. The R&D for Navigator is in part supported with research and philanthropic funding. However, a large part of our costs of maintaining and enhancing the technology and the various applications is supported by the licensing revenues we generate from technology companies that integrate Navigator technology in their applications.
Investment in education technology worldwide is expected to increase. Navigator is very convenient for EdTech companies that serve corporate learning, K12 and skills training to bring the GPS-like experience, and evidence of learning, to their users and with their content. Navigator’s technology is packaged as NCore with APIs and widgets. EdTech companies license and integrate NCore into their applications.
Some of our early customers who have licensed NCore (Navigator Core) include:
Silverback Learning: US K12 LMS provider
Hovercam: US K12 Classroom Tools provider
ItsLearning: US K12 LMS provider
Utter: Spoken English App provider in India and Thailand
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