Leadership Public Schools (LPS) is a nonprofit network of public charter high schools located in Richmond, Oakland, and Hayward, California. These non-selective schools serve over 1,500 students, whom LPS seeks to provide with a combination of “college-ready” curriculum, supports, and culture that gives them the course-eligibility, habits of success, and knowledge to be successful in higher education.
LPS believes that algebra is a “gatekeeper” course for achieving this vision. However, the vast majority of students (80%) entering the LPS high school system are below grade level in mathematics, with a diverse set of needs. LPS teachers needed to find a way to teach up to 8 years of math in 4 years of high school.
Navigate Math (formerly known within LPS as “Academic Numeracy”) was developed to meet this need. The approach combines direct instruction with self-paced resources, real-time assessments, and features to build growth mindset and peer collaboration. It is a blended program that addresses students’ gaps in pre-algebra skills while also building strong non-cognitive skills to help them succeed as they persevere through high-school level work. LPS initially built the program using Google Apps (the prototype system’s student and teacher dashboards are available via these links for reference). The LPS team later partnered with Gooru to further develop a tool called learning navigator to allow other educators to use the blended and personalized approach they developed across any content area. As part of this project, they made the math course content, rebranded as Navigate Math, available broadly online in the summer of 2016.
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