The Navigate Project

The Navigate Project partners learning mindset researchers and college access programs to understand how to support students’ learning mindsets before, during, and after the transition to college. Over the next three years, our goal is to examine postsecondary advising 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.

We will recruit two cohorts of college access programs to join the network, including a pilot cohort of 5 programs in 2019 and a larger cohort of 10-20 programs in 2020.


An exciting opportunity to…

  • Collaborate with leading learning mindset researchers

  • Interact with innovative college access programs across the country

  • Strengthen your program through identifying practices you’re already using and understanding how future evidence-based practices can be incorporated into your work

  • Access all tools developed during this project, including:

    • Conceptual framework for understanding the role of learning mindsets in college access programs

    • Assessment rubric for identifying existing learning mindset supportive practices

    • Online repository of learning mindset-supportive practices, rated to the extent that they are evidence-based and suitable for college access programs

  • Attend annual in-person convenings to learn about cutting-edge learning mindset research and existing practices in other programs (all expenses paid)

  • Receive $5,000 stipend to participate in the network

  • Option to participate in future cohort testing new learning mindset-supportive practices

Ready to partner with us?

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Learn more

what are learning mindsets?

Learning mindsets are individuals’ beliefs about learning that shape how they interpret difficulty .


who is motivate Lab?

Our team is comprised of psychology and sociology researchers, practitioners from K-12 and higher education systems, and policy makers.

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.