What is Navigation 101?
How is Navigation 101 funded?
What are the Elements of Navigation 101?
Is Navigation 101 based on standards?
How is Navigation 101 taught?
How do I access the Navigation 101 curriculum?
What topics does Navigation 101 cover?
How does Navigation 101 focus students on the future?
How does Navigation 101 organize student work?
Does Navigation 101 meet graduation requirements?
How does Navigation 101 focus on academics?
How and why does Navigation 101 focus on community?
How does Navigation 101 focus on careers?
Navigation 101 is a guidance and life planning program for students in grades 6 through 12. It is designed to help students be what they dream. Specifically, Navigation has been designed to help students:
- Develop clear plans for what they would like to do with their lives after high school; and
- Learn what they need to accomplish today—while they are still in school—to reach those dreams.
Navigation 101 operates on the premise that every student deserves help and attention, not just those who are high risk or high achieving. With Navigation 101, no student is invisible: every student has the support of a caring adult at school. The curriculum can be accessed at Washington.Navigation101.com, which is free to all public middle and high schools in our state.
Navigation 101 was first developed by the Franklin Pierce School District. Because of its success there, it has now been adopted by hundreds of schools around Washington State, and is supported by funding from the Washington State Legislature.
Navigation 101 is composed of Elements that work together to engage students, teachers, and families alike.
- Student Advisory
Students meet regularly in a small group with an educator-advisor (a teacher or other school staff member). Students typically stay with the same advisor and group until the transition to a new school or graduate. To keep advisories structured and easy to implement, the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI) has developed a full curriculum for grades 6-12 that is based on academic and guidance standards.
- Student Portfolio
Students in Navigation 101 save samples of their work and their post-high school plans in electronic or paper portfolios. The portfolios help them reflect on their progress and make plans to improve. It is their High School and Beyond Plan.
- Student-Led Conference
Each year, students share their achievements, dreams, and plans with their advisors and families at a conference the student leads. The conference is tied to course registration, involving families in their students’ academic plans.
- Student-Driven Scheduling
Students who take advanced, dual credit, or Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses in high school do better after graduation. Navigation encourages students to take the challenging courses they need for their postsecondary plans, and then offers the resources to help them succeed.
- Data Collection
Navigation schools collect data on a number of different indicators to measure student success. Early results show that Navigation students take more advanced courses, graduate at higher rates, and are more likely to pursue a college degree or industry certification.
- Program Management
Implementation of the Navigation 101 program is central to the career and college readiness mission of the school and is recommended as a component of the school improvement plan (SIP). Program leadership team should include administrator, counselor, and teacher(s) who meet on a regular basis to collaborate program planning and implementation using data analysis.
- Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling
Navigation 101 emerged from the efforts of a single school district to develop a comprehensive
guidance and counseling program (CGCP). Such programs provide sound context for the
development and management of this career guidance model. The majority of Navigation 101
grantees have identified the integration of Navigation 101 and CGCP as their goal for full
development and integration.
Yes. Navigation 101 is based on both academic and guidance standards. Each lesson plan is based on:
- Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) with Grade Level Expectation level of specificity; and
- American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model Standards in the areas of personal and social, career, and/or academic development; and
- Common Core Standards for career and college readiness.
Navigation 101 has been designed to be taught in regular “advisory” sessions. Advisory sessions usually meet two or more times a month for 25–45 minutes. An advisory consists of a teacher or other school staff member and a small group of students. Students stay with the same advisory group until they transition to another school or graduate. Schools typically operate on an assembly schedule on advisory days to allow time for the advisory session. The Navigation curriculum provides 20+ lesson plans for each grade level from 6 through 12. These lesson plans provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for advisory sessions. Each lesson packet includes:
- A one-page lesson plan, with lesson goals, a list of needed materials, a summary of classroom activities, and information about students’ work products; and
- Ready-to-copy student handout(s).
In addition, the Navigation 101 curriculum includes a Resource Guide for each grade level. The Resource Guide provides a complete “Scope & Sequence” for that year’s lessons, information on the outcomes students will achieve through the Navigation lessons, and suggestions for advisors on supplemental activities and resources for students and their families.
OSPI has a contract partnership with the Envictus Corporation to provide all public Washington middle and high schools the opportunity for Navigation 101 accessed through Navigation101.com at no local cost. Navigation 101 teaches students to discover and explore their unique strengths and talents. Navigation 101 elements feature curriculum of 15 classroom and 5 online lessons, automated High School and Beyond Plan with tools, online student portfolio, a school implementation plan, and initial training. The Navigation 101 Portal at Washington.navigation101.com gives a general overview of the curriculum and tools, along with other resources. Further information, including how to access this resource can be viewed at:
http://washington.navigation101.com/ or at
The Career Guidance Washington curriculum, developed by OSPI, is a series of 23 supplemental lessons for the Navigation 101 program that was specifically designed to address resources from Washington State for educational and career planning. These lessons reflect the most recent information around topics such as STEM, apprenticeships, College Bound Scholarship, CADRS, HSBP, and Programs of Study. Included with eight of the lessons are PowerPoint presentations, which can also be customized as slide shows by staff in their schools. The OSPI link can be found at:
The Sparking the Future curriculum, originally designed for students who are the first in their family to attend college, has been updated and revised. These lessons provide guidance for middle and high school students for postsecondary options. The link on the OSPI Web site is:
Each Navigation 101 advisory session is based around a theme. These themes repeat each year to help organize the curriculum and to help students retain and build on what they are learning. Navigation themes include:
- Setting Goals. At the beginning of each school year, students are supported to set goals for themselves in three areas: for what they will achieve academically that year; for how they will make progress in exploring careers and their dreams for the future; and for how they will grow personally, as an involved member of their school and community.
- Improving Academically. Each year, students have a number of opportunities to review their academic performance, reflect on the factors that have affected their performance (for good or bad), and then make plans to improve.
- Building Community. Research shows that students who are engaged in school do better academically and are less likely to drop out. Therefore, Navigation devotes time to helping students exhibit citizenship by joining activities at school, participating in volunteer service at school and in the community, and becoming leaders within their schools. The advisory group gives students a “home base” at school, in which they can feel that people know and care about them.
- Planning for Life After High School. Students have a number of opportunities through Navigation 101 advisories to assess their interests and skills and learn about careers that might be interesting to them.
- Exploring Careers. Students learn about different careers and identify the career clusters that seem right for them. The Navigation 101 curriculum is integrated with Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses and programs, so that students can learn about the resources and opportunities available in middle school and high school to help them prepare for the future.
- Using Money. One of the biggest reasons young people have to drop out of college is because they run out of money. Navigation 101 helps middle and high school students learn the basics of managing money and how to develop a financial plan for how they will afford their college and career choices for life after high school.
- Planning for Next Year. Students in middle school create a “High School Plan” about what they hope to achieve during high school. And students who are already in high school create and update a “Four-year course Plan” each year to plan for the courses they should be take – focusing on advanced, dual credit, and CTE opportunities – to be prepared for their dream career.
As part of their Navigation 101 advisory sessions, students are asked to develop a number of different plans for the future each year. By thinking carefully about different aspects of their goals for the future, students learn how to connect what they are doing now to what they hope to achieve… and then have the incentive to do better in school. Navigation 101 plans include:
- Goals for each grade level, prepared at the beginning of the school year for the year ahead.
- Plans for contributing citizenship by joining activities at school, exhibiting leadership at school, and participating in volunteer service opportunities.
- An “academic inventory,” which is a plan for academic improvement, prepared after reviewing first quarter grades.
- Postsecondary and career plans based on students’ goals and dreams.
- Financial plans, focused on how to budget, use, and save money.
- A course plan to help guide the student in terms of the classes they need to take in high school, and focused around high school graduation requirements and college admission requirements.
- A High School & Beyond Plan, which allows students to think carefully about what they will do after graduation. (Note that this plan is required to graduate from high school in Washington State and that the Navigation 101 High School & Beyond Plan meets state graduation requirements, as well as the CTE Program of Study.)
Each Navigation 101 advisory session refers students to their portfolios, which are their records of their accomplishments and self-reflection in school. Portfolios can be paper or online collections of student work. They include samples of students’ work, grades, test and assessment results, educational and career plans, community service records, honors or awards they’ve received, and notes from their student-led conferences.
Each Navigation 101 advisory lesson includes time for students to review and update their portfolios. To help students organize their work, each Navigation portfolio has three sections:
- Academic Development. This section of the portfolio includes students’ grades and transcript information, test and assessment results, and samples of work from each of their classes. It also includes the plans students develop for their academic performance each year.
- Career Development. This section of the portfolio includes research students do on careers that interest them, as well as their resumes and information about any summer or part-time jobs they hold while they’re in school.
- Personal and Social Development. This section documents students’ involvement in activities at school and their volunteer service at school and in the community. It includes information on school clubs and sports students are part of, volunteer service they’ve completed either individually or as part of a group, and other extracurricular activities, such as select sports teams, music or drama ensembles, or clubs. It also includes information about the student-led conference each student is asked to organize each year for his or her family and advisor.
Yes. Navigation 101 can help your students meet the Washington State graduation requirements for graduation from high school. Students’ work throughout the years (and particularly during high school) will be saved and organized in their portfolios. The end result will help students meet their graduation requirements as follows:
- High School & Beyond Plan. Each year, as part of the Navigation curriculum, students complete a worksheet on their accomplishments to date and their plans for life after high school. These worksheets help students prepare a full High School & Beyond Plan during senior year. This plan, which is required for graduation, helps students think carefully about what they want to do after high school and what they are doing right now to prepare. By the time they are seniors, students’ High School & Beyond Plans are clear descriptions of their plans and include a financial plan, as well as an academic and career plan. The Navigation 101 High School and Beyond Plan meets the State of Washington’s high school graduation requirements, as well as the CTE Program of Study requirements.
- Culminating Project. The Navigation 101 lesson plans include everything seniors need to organize a culminating project based on their Navigation 101 portfolios and a senior presentation. The Navigation 101 culminating project/portfolio will meet Washington’s graduation requirements.
- Credit Requirements. Navigation 101 helps students regularly check their credits and plan the courses they must take—not just to meet the requirements to graduate from high school, but also to be prepared for the admissions requirements of their postsecondary choice.
- Certificate of Academic Achievement. Navigation 101’s annual Academic Inventories will help alert schools to students’ needs, ensure that students who need help with core courses or exam requirements receive help.
A significant part of each year in Navigation 101 is focused on academics: keeping portfolios, reviewing grades and exam results, developing plans for academic improvement, and planning to take advanced, dual credit, and CTE courses in middle school, high school, and beyond. One key difference between Navigation 101 and students’ other classes is that Navigation 101 doesn’t necessarily teach new academic content. Instead, Navigation helps students reflect on their academic performance and then plan for the future. Students are encouraged to improve their academic performance based on their strengths and weaknesses. They’re given information about the coursework required for four-year or community college and then urged to enroll in advanced, dual credit, and CTE courses that are vital to postsecondary success. And they’re frequently asked to make connections between what they’re currently learning and how they will use those skills after high school.
A significant part of each year in Navigation 101 is focused on community-building: getting involved in sports, clubs, and leadership activities at school; engaging in volunteer service in the community; helping younger students; and participating in activities as a member of an advisory group. Becoming involved in a community, learning to be of service, and learning how to lead are all lifelong skills that will benefit students no matter what their chosen academic or career paths. In addition, research shows that students who are engaged in school activities do better academically and are less likely to drop out. The Navigation 101 curriculum helps students become involved in school activities and exhibit good citizenship at school and in the community.
The Navigation 101 curriculum is fully integrated with Career & Technical Education (CTE) and includes time each year to help students investigate career options. Each year, the Navigation 101 curriculum features a number of advisory lessons that are focused on exploring careers. These sessions help students learn more about their interests and skills and then help them learn about career opportunities and the education and training they’ll need to pursue these opportunities. The Navigation 101 lesson plans suggest that each student take an interest or skills assessment once a year. The lesson plans also suggest career interviews and job shadows for older students, to give them firsthand experience in a career area that interests them. Students also learn about the CTE courses and programs available at their school or within their district, including classes, skills centers, Tech Prep, Running Start for the Trades, and other opportunities.