Web Design & Development For Education Agencies

Navigation North has extensive knowledge of Content Management System (CMS) platform structure, design, and accessibility unique to district, state, and federal education agencies. Quite frequently, our clients’ needs can be met by leveraging the power of WordPress or Drupal. We elevate web development projects with content and messaging strategy support, partnered with technical expertise spanning over two decades.

Our team is made up of more than just web developers. Our backgrounds include teaching students in classrooms, leading professional development initiatives for educators and agencies, assisting communication specialists from higher ed institutions with their online messaging, and working with educational leadership to create new ways to share their stories.

Here are just some of the ways Navigation North has helped other agencies in the past.

In-Depth User Experience (UX) Testing, Content & Messaging Strategy

Usability testing administered by Navigation North provides insight into your website users, what they’re looking for, and how they get there. The practice of watching and listening to actual people navigate your website presents invaluable insights.

Our team digs deep with teachers, school administrators, and students to receive direct feedback from the end-users who matter most for education websites.

User Experience

Content Messaging Strategy

Paralleled with a stellar UX design, content and messaging strategy aligns your website assets to the needs of your constituents. Overwhelming visitors with too much information often leads to confusion and increased drop off rates. Keeping information easy to find and understand benefits everyone!

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Branding, Graphic Design, Search Engine Optimization

Branding is one of the most important facets of educational agency recognition. An effective brand strategy gives an edge when it comes to credibility. Brand is not just a logo. Integration into other visual assets, copy, email signatures, social media voice, and the list goes on. Our team provides design templates and brand standards for our clients for them to remain consistent in their look and feel. Consistency matters!


Search Engine Optimization

It’s important for schools or agencies to be found by your audience. Search engine optimization (SEO) is not a practice limited to ecommerce and news websites.

SEO consists of efforts to increase relevancy in organic (non-paid) search engine results. From the written copy of your content to including appropriate metadata on images and other assets, there are many ways to get your organization found. Structure of your website and proper implementation of site-search and plugins are always on the development list when partnering with Navigation North.

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Flexible, Agile Development Model

No two projects are the same, which is why we approach every project differently. In general, our build process includes adaptive planning, evolutionary development, delivery, testing, and improvements. Our team customizes our development process to the staff needs of any educational institution.

EdTech Dev Ops

EdTech Web Development

We strongly advocate for a Project Discovery Phase, a process essential for any successful website build. During this time, we familiarize ourselves with your agency or school, audience, and goals. Our team will work with you to establish final requirements needed for your new website and will craft a formal build plan to meet these goals.

Often, this process includes functional wireframes allowing both clients and Navigation North developers to visualize information architecture and general website layout. Getting on the same page, so to speak, during this process will save time and money down the road by determining fundamental elements up front.

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Educational Agency CMS Development Highlights

Below are examples of education website development projects and educational agency web builds our team has completed in the past. We also provide ongoing support.

Not only are we specialists in open source development, but we also build custom systems.

U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology

The U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology (OET) develops national educational technology policy and establishes the vision for how technology can be used to transform teaching and learning and how to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible for early learners through K-12, higher education, and adult education.


Office of Educational Technology

U.S. Department of Education Office of Innovation & Improvement

The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII) supports educators across the country to develop, learn from, and scale new and effective approaches to serving our nation’s highest-need students. These teachers, school leaders, and their partners in school districts and nonprofit organizations are at the forefront of building the tools and strategies that enable all our students to succeed.


Office of Innovation & Improvement

U.S. Department of Education Learning Registry

The learning registry is a new approach to capturing, connecting and sharing data about learning resources available online with the goal of making it easier for educators and students to access the rich content available in our ever-expanding digital universe.


Learning Registry

CTE Online

Navigation North built a large, custom system for CTE Online. Along with this, our team implemented specific content management features so administrators could easily publish content publicly and on the dashboard. Today, there are over 3,400 lesson plans aligned to Common Core, NGSS and CTE Standards, as well as integrated STEM pathways projects.


CTE Online

Teach to Lead

Teach to Lead® is an initiative jointly convened by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, ASCD and the U.S. Department of Education. The program’s mission is to advance student outcomes by expanding opportunities for teacher leadership. This is achieved by providing resources, facilitating stakeholder consultation, and encouraging professional collaborations to develop and amplify the work of teacher leaders.


Teach to Lead

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Read our reviews on Clutch or reach out to our team. We’re happy to have an initial consultation to discuss your needs and determine if our team would be a good fit moving forward.

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