As a parent, you know the education your child gets today will shape their opportunities tomorrow. Yet the path to graduation is long, and there are so many choices to make. Now, you don’t have to do it alone. The EdNavigator program—available at no cost to current MIT benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and postdoc associates—connects you with an expert education advisor (a “Navigator") who can guide you along the way.
Get ongoing guidance from an education expert
Navigators include award-winning teachers, principals, and experienced guidance counselors with deep knowledge of the greater Boston area school systems. These education experts specialize in supporting families with children in elementary, middle and high school, in public, private and charter schools – and children who have not been successful in the general education classroom. Whether your child is struggling or excelling in school, your Navigator will get to know you and your family, and provide ongoing, expert help.
All Navigators support families of students in special education and have experience in direct instruction in special education; complex social work cases; and holistic student advising in high school and college. If your child has an IEP, a Navigator can help you understand the intricacies of your child’s plan, and ensure that it is aligned with your goals for your child.
You can meet with your Navigator one-on-one by phone, video conference, or through the EdNavigator app. Your Navigator can help you interpret information from your child's school, and answer questions, such as:
- Is my child reading at the right level?
- What skills or subjects does my child need to focus on?
- What courses does my high schooler need to take to be ready for college?
- How can I get more instructional support for my child at school? And what can I do at home?
- What do my child's test scores really mean?
- How can I make sure my child gets a strong start in kindergarten?
- Which elementary, middle or high school would be the best fit for my child?
To help you get a better understanding of how your child is doing in school, your Navigator can:
- Analyze your child’s academic history
- Interpret your child’s report cards and test score reports
- Help you determine what questions to ask your child's teachers
- Work with you to set short- and long-term educational goals for your child
- Provide annual “Educational Health Reports” that help you see the "full picture" of your child’s progress
Find and access affordable resources
From finding a tutor to searching for afterschool programs or summer camps, ensuring your child gets the best educational resources can be complicated and stressful. Your Navigator will be able to tap into a vast local network to help you:
- Find affordable afterschool and summer programs
- Choose educational books, apps and games that your child will enjoy
- Arrange additional support for your child in or out of school
- Find useful resources to promote your child’s learning at home
- Set up a home routine that makes school days less stressful
With EdNavigator, you’ll get a personal education advisor who can recommend resources based on a deep understanding of what you and your family need.
Get started with the EdNavigator program
- Use of the EdNavigator program is restricted to current benefits-eligible MIT employees and postdocs.
- You will need an MIT certificate or Kerberos username and password.
- In addition, you will need to download the free EdNavigator app to access this program.