The Navigator Model
After studying high preforming public schools all over the United States, Navigator noticed that the most successful schools had a few common ingredients. Much like when baking cookies with the staple ingredients flour, sugar and butter, these schools had strong school culture, data driven instruction, differentiated centers, and a growth mindset that relied heavily on coaching. After implementing these components ourselves, we discovered that the key to a successful rollout of these ingredients is the meaningful development of the incredible people working within our schools, beginning with the leadership team.
Inspiration for our Model & Professional Development
Finding inspiration is easy when there are so many innovative practitioners in the world. Below are links to some of our most influential collaborators, and you will find adaptations of their practices throughout our schools.
As you can see in the figure below, the combination of elements that make up our model have helped to close the achievement gap with economically disadvantaged students. Similarly, in 2017, California's English Learners (EL) scored 13% meeting or exceeding the standard for reading while Navigator EL students scored 63% meeting or exceeding the standard.
We believe that our strategies, which our are a collection of best practices from across the country, can be replicated in any public school setting to close the achievement gap.
The Model In Action
The Navigator model consists of many moving parts, but most importantly small group, differentiated instruction. These centers are designed to target the highest leverage standards and include extensive interventions to get students to grade level expediently. The videos below made by the Christensen Institute highlight both the teacher and student experience.