Design pillars are used among Raising Blended Learners sites to identify the essential design elements upon which each sites’ student experience is based. The Clear Creek design pillars are: Data-Driven Instruction, Flexible Instructional Groupings, Student Agency, Competency Based Education, Differentiation/Individualization without increasing stress for teachers.
Data-Driven Instruction is the backbone of personalization and is comprised of strong assessments, data analysis protocols and data culture routines that support teachers’ use of data to drive instruction.
Using data and a deep understanding of content, the team uses Flexible Instructional Groupings to strategically meet the needs of all students with targeted small group instruction. Groups can change as frequently as daily to remediate the on- or behind-grade-level competencies that students need.
Student Agency refers to the development of students’ ownership of their learning by increasing the personalization of their school experience. This interactive process seeks to increase engagement and motivation through progress and process ownership in the classroom. Student agency can be instilled through ownership over academic and non/academic processes, feedback from teachers, and reflective learning procedures.
The district believes that students need access to the right content at the right time and therefore have built a pilot with foundational elements of Competency-Based Education. The district uses internally-created competencies to break down state standards into rigorous, lifelong skills and strategies that inform instruction and better allow students to advance to the next competency upon mastery.
The final pillar of Differentiation/Individualization without increasing stress for teachers is the district’s way of working toward what is best for students while simultaneously monitoring how the pilot impacts a teacher’s role, including their satisfaction, workflow, and how successful they feel on a day-to-day basis.