Design pillars are used among all RBL sites to identify the essential design elements upon which each site’s student experience is based. The Pasadena design pillars reflect the key tenets of the Summit Learning Program approach to personalized learning: Self-Directed Learning, Personalized Learning Time (PLT), Project-Based Learning (PBL), Mentoring, and Content Progression.
Self-Directed Learning is intended to provide students with choices along their learning pathways and allow them to set a more individualized pace.
During Personalized Learning Time (PLT), students work through online content in the Summit Learning Platform. Students move at their own pace through content-based focus areas, taking on-demand assessments when they believe they have mastered one focus area and are ready to move to the next one. The content knowledge students learn during PLT time is also applied to student projects.
These sessions provide students with access to actionable data and rapid feedback to guide their next lessons. Project-Based Learning (PBL) entails deeper learning experiences that challenge students to develop and apply cognitive skills. Teachers design projects to be authentic representations of projects and challenges found in the workplace. Students are graded based on cognitive skill development.
Weekly Mentoring sessions support in setting goals and developing strategies to accomplish them. These 10-minute, one-on-one sessions are driven by students and designed to develop agency and self-directed learning, while making sure each student is known by a caring adult.
Content Progression is reached when students achieve 80% mastery of their focus areas.
The final pillar of Rigor/Competency Progression builds in intellectually challenging experiences that push students to maintain high academic standards for themselves. Through challenge areas, adaptive software, mastery checks, and advance standards, students are equipped to work through instructional rigor that can maximize their academic growth.
To learn more about the demonstration sites’ areas of progress and challenges, as well as how they define and track success, explore the Year 1 Implementation Report report from FSG.