The Navigate Project
Evidence on students’ college acceptance and graduation rates suggest that college access programs support students with the planning, decision-making, and goal-setting that helps them succeed in college. Evidence also suggests that learning mindsets—students’ beliefs about themselves as learners and the learning environment—are crucial for success in high school, college, careers, and overall well-being. Learning mindsets can be developed through supportive practices, many of which college access programs may already be implementing.
Our goal is to highlight practices that improve students’ learning mindsets and outcomes; determine how they can be optimized, adapted, and scaled; and develop systems for sharing learnings widely among college access programs.
What is the Navigate Project?
A 3-year effort to understand how to support students’ learning mindsets before, during, and after the transition to college.
Our goal is to examine practices that improve outcomes for students, determine how they can be optimized and adapted, and develop a system for sharing these widely among college access programs and leading charter schools.
We will recruit two cohorts of programs to join the network, including a smaller pilot cohort in 2019 and a larger cohort in 2020. Programs will learn from each other through in-person convenings, online collection of resources, and ongoing conversations.
We will also work with a smaller group of programs to prototype and test evidence-based strategies for addressing students’ most pressing learning mindset challenges.
What are the benefits?
Strengthen your program by documenting practices you’re already implementing and understanding how future practices (from other programs and the research literature) can be incorporated into your program.
Collaborate with leading learning mindset researchers with expertise in both K-12 and higher education, who can help you understand how to best support your students.
Interact with other innovative college access programs, charter schools, and K-12 systems across the country to share practices and accelerate learning for all students.
Access all tools developed during the project, including:
Conceptual framework for understanding learning mindsets in college access programs.
Assessment rubric for identifying existing practices that support learning mindsets.
Online collection of resources with practices, rated to the extent that they are evidence-based and suitable for college access programs.
Attend annual in-person convenings to learn about the field’s most promising learning mindset research and how it can be applied to your program (all expenses covered).
Receive $5,000 annual stipend to participate in the network.
What is the time commitment?
Approximately 2-3 hours per month, including:
Information gathering meetings and/or interviews with researchers.
Sharing data and program materials.
Annual in-person convenings (all expenses paid).
School/district approval to access data on student success.
What do I do next?
Applications to join the pilot cohort are now closed. We will begin recruitment for the second cohort in Spring 2020. Please check back at that time if you are interested in joining us!
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
what are learning mindsets?
Learning mindsets are individuals’ beliefs about learning that shape how they interpret difficulty .
what is the evidence for learning mindsets?
A growing body of research suggests that learning mindsets are crucial for success in high school and college. Importantly, learning mindset-supportive practices are effective at reducing equity and opportunity gaps for students from traditionally underrepresented groups.
how will we execute this work?
By combining psychological science with design thinking and leveraging strategic researcher-practitioner partnerships, we seek to instigate positive change in organizations, from the individual to the policy level.