Design pillars are used among all Raising Blended Learners sites to identify the essential design elements upon which each site’s student experience is based. The Crocket County CCSD design pillars include: Student Agency, Data-Driven Learning, Personalized Learning Experiences, Competency-Based Learning, and Positive Adult Relationships.
The school district believes Student Agency is critical to increasing student engagement and aspires to offer students meaningful choices related to their pace of learning, resources and learning activities utilized to master standards, and options related to their preferred learning environment.
Data-Driven Learning brings students directly into conversations about how they are progressing and makes them active partners in the learning process. The district’s students are provided with ongoing opportunities to complete various types of formative and summative assessments, and analyze and act on the results.
Crocket County CCSD offers Personalized Learning Experiences through various classroom strategies. These include grouping students for small group and individual instruction based on data, leveraging online and teacher-curated content relevant to students’ learning needs for students to work through at their own pace, and providing opportunities for frequent student collaboration.
Through Competency-Based Learning the school district is introducing new assessments (including pre-tests), and changing data-driven instruction and classroom practices to allow students to move to more challenging work tasks once they demonstrate mastery of requisite knowledge and skills. Students are no longer bound to only grade-level standards. Instead, they are afforded opportunities to circle back to previous standards to fill academic gaps or accelerate to more advanced standards.
The district aspires for all students to develop Positive, Collaborative Relationships with their teachers and other adults/mentors. Teachers are improving relationships with students through more small group and individual instruction, and introducing coaching sessions, during which students connect with teachers to celebrate progress and work on practices of self-directed learning, including goal setting, learning strategies, and reflection.