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 Spring Branch design pillars are: Anytime Anywhere Learning; Rigorous and Individualized Instruction; Holistic, Actionable Data; and Student Voice and Agency.
Anytime, Anywhere Learning increases students’ access to academic content while at school and while at home. By giving students opportunities to practice skills at home, review videos of in-class lessons and access data through technology platforms outside of class, they are more able to own and drive their own learning at any time.
Rigorous and Individualized Instruction offers instructional approaches and learning experiences that teach to the level of rigor of the standards, encourage critical thinking, and support each individual learner in targeted areas of need. These deeper learning and academic skills are developed through small group learning, 1:1 teacher time, collaborative group work, teacher-created content and playlists, and adaptive software programs.
The use of Holistic, Actionable Data is the backbone for all the other pillars. Through a strong data-driven i process of effective assessment, thoughtful analysis, and timely action, students receive the instruction and support that they need when they need it. The systematic use of data informs flexible instructional groupings, student choice in work stations, and the progress monitoring that students do to track their progress toward academic and non-academic goals.
Student Voice and Agency is designed to support students to have a say in their educational experience, and give them data that helps them understand and then make decisions about their learning activities and goals. These strategies work together to develop students’ authentic engagement and advocacy for their own learning.