Matthew Navo helps districts and schools develop strategies, structures, policies, and practices that assist in closing the achievement gap for all students.
Navo specializes in aligning systems for building capacity and continuous improvement, building collaborative cultures, and establishing coherent and efficient systems for closing the achievement gap.
Navo has extensive history and experience in the field of education, including special education, having been an elementary and secondary teacher, counselor, resource teacher, junior high learning director, high school assistant principal, elementary principal, alternative education principal, director of special education, area administrator, and superintendent.
He was the California Governor’s appointee for the Advisory Commission on Special Education from 2014 through 2016, and the Governor’s appointee to the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, 2016–2017, and is currently the California Governor’s Appointee to the California State Board of Education, and is chair of the California Collaborative in Educational Excellence.
Navo has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences and contributed to a 2015 publication, ONE SYSTEM: Reforming Education to Serve All Students, Report of California’s Statewide Task Force on Special Education. When Navo was a superintendent, his district was highlighted for achievements such as Process and Protest – California: How are Districts Engaging Stakeholders in LCAP Development? and was recognized as a California District of Distinction in 2018.
He received a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in special education from California State University, Fresno. He holds a Professional Administrative Credential, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and a Supplemental Credential with an autism emphasis.