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The Navigator Program provides deep implementation and coaching support for schools implementing AF’s curriculum. You will receive one-on-one coaching on a weekly basis to support you in your journey to drive student achievement at your school. We offer several programs:

  • Elementary School Math Stories
  • Elementary School Math Lessons
  • Middle School Math Lessons
  • Middle School ELA Lessons

Our goal is to partner with district and charter schools to adopt and adapt our curriculum and instructional practices to help you support your students to achieve breakthrough results.

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Explore the AF Navigator Program

If you would like to learn more about the AF math program, please read the Program Overview and Fundamentals of Instruction, which guide our approach to elementary math. You can explore the full curriculum and related resources here.

Applications for the 2020-21 school year are due January 31, 2020. They will be available here in Fall 2019. Navigator will work with participants over 1-2 years to implement the curriculum and build instructional capacity in schools.

Learn more by reading our AF Navigator FAQs.

  • Who is eligible to participate in Navigator?

    • District and charter schools around the country are eligible to apply for the program.

    • Our ideal candidates demonstrate:

      • excitement to take on this work. This includes the principal, the lead participant from the school (generally a math coach, dean or assistant principal), and teachers in participating grades.
      • growth mindset and hunger for feedback to improve skill and outcomes.
      • belief that all children can achieve at the highest levels.
      • a record of solid achievement
      • a record of implementing new initiatives successfully
      • a strong desire to dramatically increase student performance
      • eagerness to move an inquiry-based approach and focus on students’ conceptual understanding.
  • What will we receive as participants in the Navigator Program?

    • Daily Lesson Curriculum – extensive Unit Plans with accompanying Daily Lesson Plans and all student-facing materials; this also includes daily lesson and cumulative review homework and weekly cumulative review for students
    • Weekly Quizzes – weekly assessments aligned to Daily Lessons and cumulative review materials to gauge progress toward mastery
    • Intervention support in using Weekly Quiz data to intervene and support students
    • Instructional skill building and support in the following areas:
      • Leader and teacher practices
      • Ongoing intellectual preparation of daily lessons
      • Regular observation and feedback of teaching
      • Weekly analysis of student data
      • Looking at student work protocols to plan for response to data
  • Is it possible to adopt some, but not all of the program components and still participate in the program?

    • We believe that a school needs to implement all of the elements outlined above in order to achieve transformative gains. However, we recognize that making this transition in one year may be too dramatic of a change for most schools. We strongly encourage and will give preference to schools that are looking to adopt all elements of the program. We will work with schools to determine whether the best pace for that adoption will be over the course of 1 or 2 years.
  • How will Navigator support my school in adopting the program?

    • Participants will receive intensive professional development in the summer to learn the core components of the program and will begin working 1:1 with a coach to plan for implementation. This includes support with the change management necessary for a smooth transition. Once the school year begins, your coach will be there to support you as you conduct observations together, troubleshoot and plan for ongoing implementation. You will continue developing core teacher and leader practices and mindsets.
  • What is the time commitment to participate in the program and for whom?

    • The principal and program liaison (instructional coach, assistant principal, dean) must participate in a 3-5 day intensive professional development session during the summer.
    • During the school year:
      • Principals must set a weekly meeting with the program liaison to support implementation.
      • Leaders must commit to weekly observation and coaching of teachers involved in the program (this will often be done in conjunction with your weekly meeting with your coach).
      • Leaders will be part of a national community of schools implementing AF’s curriculum. They will meet virtually or in person monthly to share cohort data problem solve.
  • What options are there for Navigator elementary school math?

    • There are multiple options. You can adopt only Math Stories (20 min daily conceptual math problem) OR Math Lessons (AF’s math curriculum) OR you can adopt both Math Stories AND Math Lessons. Here are the requirements:
    • Math Stories only (schools continue to use their existing math lesson curriculum paired with our 20 minute Math Stories Program) OR
      • Math Stories plus K-1 lessons (with option to add weekly quizzes)
      • Math Stories plus 2-4 lessons (with option to add weekly quizzes)
      • Math Stories plus K-4 lessons (with option to add weekly quizzes)
    • If you are applying to adopt Math Stories AND Math Lessons, you should:
      • Plan to implement Math Lessons and Math Stories in at least K-1 or 2-4 or 3-4
      • Have minimum minutes available in the schedule as follows: K-1: at least four 45 minute blocks per week (plus four 20 minute blocks per week for math stories); 2-4: at least four 55 minute blocks per week (plus four 20 minute blocks per week for math stories) available in the schedule
  • Do I need to change my math curriculum to be able to participate in Navigator?

    • If your school is planning to adopt only Math Stories in Year 1, you may continue to use your current math curriculum as long as it is not a program that is built around direct instruction, such as Saxon Math. If your school is planning to adopt our math lessons, these will become your daily curriculum.
  • Is there a cost to Navigator?

    • There is a fee for each school participating in the program on a sliding scale based on the size of the district or charter school. This fee will cover less than a quarter of the total cost of the program, the remainder of which is supported through philanthropy. Please inquire directly with our staff about the relevant costs for your school.


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