Design pillars are used among all Raising Blended Learners sites to identify the essential design elements upon which each site’s student experience in based. The Ysleta design pillars are: Data-Driven Instruction/Flexible Instructional Grouping, Rigor, Student Agency, and Competency-Based Learning.
Data-Driven Instruction is the backbone of the entire Blended Learning Model and drives the use of Flexible Instructional Grouping to remediate individual standards for students on a daily basis. Data also drives the creation of stations that students choose in order to fill in gaps from previous grade levels or to move on to content that they are ready to master.
In order for small group instruction and independent to be effective, all work must be aligned to the Rigor of the standards and be relevant so that students see the purpose in the work.
Student agency refers to the level of control, autonomy, and power that learners have in their experience at school. To foster choice and develop ownership, pilot teachers develop systems, and strategies to build students’ capacity be responsible for the learning process, monitor their progress, and set learning goals.
Competency-Based Learning ensures appropriately challenging experiences that push students to practice standards and skills when they need them. Through stations, adaptive software, and formative assessments, students are provided with work that maximizes their academic growth.