Education Advising for Elementary, Middle, and High School

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.

Does your preschool, elementary, middle, or high school student need help adjusting to distance or "hybrid" learning?
Introducing: The Kinda Guide

The Kinda Guide is a weekly online resource for navigating family life and remote learning during COVID-19. Developed by EdNavigator's education professionals (and parents), it includes expert tips for learning-at-home, practical parenting hacks, engaging on- and offline activities for kids, simple meal and snack ideas, and more. Visit KindaGuide.org and enter the code MIT44 to create an account at no cost.

Get ongoing guidance from an education expert

The EdNavigator program—available at no cost to current MIT benefits-eligible faculty, staff, and postdocs—connects you with an expert education advisor (a “Navigator") who can guide you along the way.

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 who will work with you to:

  • Develop or refine a personalized education plan for your child in a remote or "hybrid" learning environment
  • Set realistic goals for remote or "hybrid" learning
  • Establish or reset home routines to set up your family for success
  • Support you in identifying how to best meet your child's social and emotional needs at this time

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 educational resources

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 an in-person or online tutor to support your child's learning 
  • Choose educational books, apps, and games that your child will enjoy

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.

 MIT Employees and Postdocs