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 Round Rock Student Experience Design Pillars are: Data-Driven Instruction, Transparency in Learning, Dynamic Instructional Grouping, Student Agency, and Rigor and Relevance.
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.
Transparency in Learning refers to the intentional access to and support in analyzing student learning data for teachers, students, administrators, and parents. Students have progress ownership, and understanding of how their long-term goals and aspirations are connected to their daily decisions, actions and behaviors.
Dynamic Instructional Grouping refers to the use of 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.
Student Agency 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.
Rigor & Relevance refers to students having the competence to think in complex ways and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired. Even when confronted with perplexing unknowns, students are able to use their extensive knowledge and skills to create solutions and take action in real-world contexts to further develop their knowledge and skills.