Design pillars are used among all RBL sites to identify the essential design elements upon which each site’s student experience is based. The Cisco design pillars are: Data-Driven Instruction (DDI), Student Agency/Engagement, Personalized Learning Experiences, and Rigor/Competency Progression.
The district’s first pillar of Data Driven Instruction entails a process of reflection and action around data assessment. Teachers use data to determine instructional groupings, develop learning activities, help students choose appropriate learning activities, and track student progress toward academic goals.
Student Agency/Engagement, the second pillar, is designed to give pupils ownership over learning to create a more personalized experience. This interactive process seeks to increase engagement through intellectual, physical, and behavioral participation. Student agency can be instilled through ownership over academic and non/academic processes, feedback from teachers, and reflective learning procedures.
Personalized Learning Experiences offers instructional approaches and learning experiences based on students’ individual learning needs, interests and passions. Cisco has made steps toward personalization through station rotations and features of other models, where students in the same classroom have different concurrent learning experiences. Instructional offerings to facilitate this differentiation include small learning groups, 1:1 teacher time, peer collaboration, software interaction/adaptive software applications and teacher created playlists.
The final pillar of Rigor/Competency Progression builds in intellectually challenging experiences that push students to maintain high academic standards for themselves. Through challenge areas, adaptive software, mastery checks, and advance standards, students should work through instructional tasks that maximize their academic growth.
To learn more about the demonstration sites’ areas of progress and challenges, as well as how they define and track success, explore the reports from FSG.