“This has been a life-changing experience as an educator. We are able to give our students higher quality teaching because of the support from Navigator.” - Navigator Participant

“This is the best professional development I've ever received. The clarity and support has been unreal.” - Navigator Participant

Rigorous, grade-level work for ALL students IS equity work.

Our commitment To centering equity

We believe equity work starts with us. We look at ourselves first and talk about the role race and identity plays in our work, experiences, and decisions. We strive to be constantly anti-racist in everything we do, and that includes our support of our partners, our program design and every interaction we have with you.

100% of our partners agree that “Navigator PD brings an equity lens.”

“The support is deep and rigorous, and equity for kids is front and center.” - Navigator Participant

what we PROVIDE

“There is a level of comfort where I can actually reach out to my coach. I don’t feel judged and she brings this incredible experience to our relationship where we are able to constantly ask together, ‘What did you see? How can we make this better?' It’s always about improving on behalf of our students - and that’s a prize within itself." - Navigator Participant 

expert coaches & community

Our expert coaches work with you to develop transformational leader skills, practices, and mindsets in the following areas:

  • Leading change

  • Looking at student work

  • Intellectual preparation protocols

  • Unit unpacking

  • Observation and feedback

  • Action planning based on data

What you receive as part of the Navigator Program:

  • Access to Achievement First’s complete program, including all curricula, assessments, and related resources.

  • Deep instructional coaching and implementation support with a three-day summer kick-off training, turnkey materials for teacher training, weekly coaching calls, monthly in–person or virtual site visits from your coach, weekly video observation reviews, and support with data action planning.

  • Connections within a community of educators also implementing AF curriculum and instructional practices.

Our focus on helping you meet the needs of this moment for students with unfinished learning:

  • Updated protocols and pacing calendars

  • Self directed unit modules

  • Unit pre-tests and formative assessments

  • Other student and teacher-facing resources

Our coach is very highly invested in the success of our students, in the success of our teachers, and in the success of our school.” - Navigator Participant

options for participation

We have adapted all of our resources for a hybrid learning environment. We have fully digitized curriculum so you can move seamlessly through the coaching experience, whether your school is in person or virtual or a hybrid, saving countless hours for educators.

We offer several options for participation:

  • Elementary School Math Stories

    • Math stories are rigorous 20 minute daily conceptual math problems. Math stories can be adopted alongside your current math curriculum or as the first step to adopting the full AF math program, with math lessons added in year two or three. See this video for a sample. We offer math stories for grades K-5.

  • Elementary School Math Lessons

    • Separate from math stories, math lessons are Achievement First’s full daily math block. You can implement Math Lessons with or without math stories.

  • Middle School Math Lessons

  • Middle School ELA Lessons

Applications to participate in Navigator for the 2021-22 school year are closed. Thank you for your interest in our program. Please contact LainaVlasnikYip@achievementfirst.org to be notified when applications are released for the 2022-23 school year.

Questions? Check the FAQs tab.

“I love the focus on student success and equity. The rubrics for observation, video exemplars, lesson plan resources and coaching all work together.” - Navigator Participant

Impact: 120+ Schools in 19 states

50,000+ students

featured partners

Click the dropdown to see all of our partners

Aspen Public Schools

Barack Obama Elementary School

Blackstone Valley Prep


Brilla College Prep

Brilla Veritas

Bronx Charter School for the Arts

Chattanooga Prep

Circle City Prep

Clara Barton Primary School



East End Prep

Education for Change Public Schools

Elan Academy

Equitas Academy Charter Schools

Explore Schools

Fortune School

Gestalt Community Schools

Great Oaks

Hawthorn School

Henderson Collegiate

International Charter School of NYC

Intrepid College Prep

Kansas City Girls Prep Academy

KIPP St. Louis

LEAD Public Schools

Leadership Preparatory Charter School

Lucas Crossing Elementary

MAS Charter School

Memphis Business Academy

Merrick Academy

Nashville Classical Charter School

Neighborhood House

Normandy Schools

North Side Community School

NYC Department of Education District Schools

Premier Charter School

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts

RePublic Schools

Rocky Mountain Prep

Solare Collegiate


Tulsa Legacy Charter School

UP Education Network

Valor Collegiate Academies

Village of Excellence Academy

Vista College Prep

Voices College-Bound Language Academies

Wayside Schools