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 Mineola Student Experience Design Pillars are: Student Agency, Transparency in Learning, Personalized Instruction, Evidence of Learning, and Data-Driven Instruction.
Student Agency refers to the level of control, autonomy, and power that a student experiences in an educational situation. Student agency can manifest in the choice of learning environment, approach, and/or pace.
Transparency in Learning includes the intentional access to and support in analyzing student learning data for teachers, students, administrators, and parents. Students gain progress ownership, an understanding how their long-term goals are connected to their daily work and decisions.
Personalized Instruction refers to the intentional access to and support in analyzing and acting on student learning data for teachers, students, administrators, and parents. This increased progress and process ownership paves the way for students to play a vital role in pursuing customized learning paths aligned to their needs.
When Evidence of Learning is prioritized, student learning experiences are designed to demonstrate mastery of expected knowledge and skills. Evidence of learning emphasizes process over product, progress towards mastery, and thinking and learning over grades.
Data-Driven Instruction is a precise and systematic approach to improving student learning throughout the year. The cycle includes assessment, analysis, and action for the success of each student, and involves shifting to a data culture versus an accountability culture.