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.

Get ongoing guidance from an education expert

The EdNavigator program—available at no cost to current MIT benefits-eligible staff, faculty, 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 experience across a wide range of grade levels, subjects, and schools. 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, Navigators will get to know you and your family, and provide ongoing, expert help.

Navigators also 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 a Navigator  one-on-one by phone or video conference  who will work with you to:

  • Develop or refine a personalized education plan and realistic goals for your child
  • 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, a 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. EdNavigator's new resource, The Busy Family's Guide to School, is here to answer your questions about your child's educational journey — from grade school to graduation. When you visit the Guide, be sure to sign up for emails so you can get personalized content for your family, early access to new resources, and invitations to subscribers-only webinars.

Additionally, Navigators can tap into vast networks 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 staff, faculty, and postdocs.
  • You will need an MIT certificate or Kerberos username and password to access this program.

 MIT Employees & Postdocs