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 Temple ISD Student Experience Design Pillars are: Student Agency, Flexible Learning Environments, Positive Relationships, and Rigor and Relevance (focused on student growth).
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.
Flexible Learning Environments refers to the use of a variety of instructional groupings and learning modalities to maximize student performance and increase student progress ownership. Teacher and student learning choices are made in response to individual student data indicating the appropriate instructional level and pace.
Positive Relationships refers to prioritizing the time, care, and focus needed to ensure learners are known and supported by adults and peers.
Rigor and Relevance (focused on student growth) 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 extensive knowledge and skills to create solutions and take actions within real-world contexts that further develop their knowledge and skills.