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 Georgetown Student Experience Design Pillars are: Flexible Instructional Groupings, Clarity of Learning/Data Transparency, Student Agency, Data-Driven Instruction, and Deeper Learning.
Flexible Instructional Grouping refers to utilizing a variety of instructional groupings (small group, whole group, partner, 1:1) to maximize student performance. Grouping arrangements are made in response to individual student data indicating the appropriate instructional level and pace.
Clarity of Learning/Data Transparency ensures learning data is transparent and accessible to students and teachers through the use of student-facing progress monitoring tools and efforts to connect the daily learning tasks of students with short- and long-term goals.
Student Agency/Ownership refers to the level of control, autonomy, and power that a student experiences in an educational situation. Student ownership can manifest in the choice of learning environment, approach, and/or pace.
Data-Driven Instruction is a systematic approach to assessing, analyzing and acting that gives both students and teachers an understanding of where students are and what they need most. This method supports flexible, personalized instruction that uses data to develop purposeful progression for students.
The final design pillar, Deeper Learning, was added in year two based on a recognition of the need to design and facilitate learning experiences which demand an appropriate level of cognitive engagement that leads to a high level of learning for all students.