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.
We believe all stakeholders in the ecosystem need to collaborate on a “no-excuses” approach toward the vision that every learner, regardless of circumstances, deserves the opportunity to achieve optimal learning outcomes.
Learning Navigator makes real-time learning gains data transparent to all stakeholders that contribute to it.
This enables each stakeholder to measure the efficacy of their work and regulate their ways to further improve outcomes for the learners. For e.g. Content providers can improve the activities for certain competencies while Administrators can enable teacher professional development of data-informed instructions.
As stakeholders self-regulate, new experience emerges for the learner from the improvements among the interrelated parts, to enable more optimal outcomes for the entire system.
Navigator innovation is funded through grants from governments, philanthropists, corporations, and individuals from around the world. As a result, Navigator applications are free for users around the world.
Partners that leverage Navigator with their cohorts, incorporate the costs of operations into their work. This enables Navigated Learning to scale globally.
Companies that integrate Navigator technology into their applications pay a license fee. This revenue is used to further support our mission to honor the human right to education.
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