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.
Learners, instructors, parents, administrators, curriculum providers, and funders get real-time feedback to self-regulate and coordinate to optimize gains for learners. Learners can track their progress. Instructors can monitor their students. Administrators can drill down or rollup to see competencies mastered at the individual, class, district, regional, and national levels. This anonymized data allows the system to self regulate.
Real-time anonymized data is transparent to all stakeholders who contribute to it to enable self-regulation. As stakeholders self-regulate, new experiences emerge for the learner from improvements of the interrelated parts to facilitate optimal outcomes for the entire system.
Navigator is designed to work for all students, even those with disabilities. It also works in all environments from remote areas with limited technology and connectivity to a device and broadband-rich settings. These capabilities, along with Navigator's full-spectrum of learning activities, enables learning at scale across disciplines and geographies.
Navigator propels systemic change by sustainably scaling as tech partners license Navigator for their cohorts worldwide and as the Navigated Learning Collaborative partners co-create Navigator through their global implementation or use.
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