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 Austin High School design pillars are: Student Agency and Mentoring/Goal Setting, Rigor & Relevance, Data-Driven Instruction/Flexible Instructional Grouping, and Competency-Based Learning.
Student Agency and Mentoring/Goal Setting is the backbone of the Austin High model. The trusting relationships developed between student and teacher allows the students to set goals and drive their own learning throughout the day in all of their classes.
In order for instruction to support students to master the content, Rigor & Relevance is essential. The work needs to be engaging, relevant, and at a level that students can access in order to keep them invested in the work and simultaneously set them up to be successful.
Data-Driven Instruction/Flexible Instructional Grouping 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 pillar of Competency-Based Learning includes systems of ongoing assessment, grading, academic reporting, and instruction based on students demonstrating that they are meeting learning expectations based on the important academic milestones.