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Matthew Navo

As the Center for Prevention & Early Intervention’s Director of System Transformation services, 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 experience as a special education 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 Governor’s appointee for the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) from 2014–2016, and the Governor’s appointee to the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, 2016–2017.

Navo has been a keynote speaker at numerous conferences on system improvement across the state, and was a contributor to ONE SYSTEM: Reforming Education to Serve All Students, Report of California’s Statewide Task Force on Special Education published in 2015. As Superintendent, Navo’s school district was highlighted for various achievements such as Process and Protest – California: How are Districts Engaging Stakeholders in LCAP Development? and 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.