Student-powered
improvement

Partnering together for change. Imagine the possibilities. Center students. Go farther. Commit to equity. Empathize. Involve. Share.

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The Vision of Student-powered Improvement

Imagine students as active partners and leaders in school improvement. Across the country, schools are moving to center the expertise of students whose voices have been underrepresented in our systems. Partnering with students through empathy, involvement, and shared decision-making is equity. Student-powered Improvement offers a framework of possibilities for how adults and students can engage together in continuous improvement practices.

We need to do things with students, not to students. It is about them.

Network leader

Schools are institutions that reflect systemic racism and historical oppression, and if we are going to dismantle this, then we need to center students and their families.

District student engagement director

Our education system is created by adults but done to kids. We need to put students at the front and center of the conversation.

School leader

People do want to invoke change.

CamilleBaltimore City

Hearing from students directly is the most important part of change.

Stevie and MiaNew Tech Network

Students are capable of doing really great things.

AlejandraOregon

A Framework for Student-powered Improvement

A framework that overlays continuous improvement with student partnership

This framework is designed to help teams situate their strengths and expand the possibilities of how students can be centered in improvement efforts.

What?
See the system Set a goal/build a theory of improvement Create and test change ideas
Empathize

Ambassador Network

A network of student ambassadors works to improve college access.

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Change Agents

Students become partners in re-imagining school culture.

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Change Consultants

Students “stress test” educators’ change ideas about college access.

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Classroom Observers

Students collect, analyze, and report on systematic classroom observation data.

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Feedback Partners

Students provide feedback on student-led assessments.

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Design Camp

To strengthen post-secondary planning, high school graduates and counselors collaborate at design camp.

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Design Collaborative

Students and teachers developed lessons about racial identity through a collaborative on race and racism.

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Empathy Interviews

School teams conduct monthly empathy interviews with students in order to ground their work in student experiences.

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Feedback Loops

Students and families continuously inform improving Black students’ school experience.

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Student Survey

Student survey data about developmental relationships inform the work of network teams.

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Student Voice

Student voice has become embedded in a school’s culture.

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Teacher Fellows

Teachers use multiple feedback methods to center students’ perspectives and test changes to curriculum.

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Youth Ambassadors

A student group uses continuous improvement to solve complex problems they see in their schools.

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Shared Budget Decision-making

Budget decisions are made with students and families.

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Student Network

In a regional student network, students used continuous improvement strategies to identify a problem and test change ideas.

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Involve

Ambassador Network

A network of student ambassadors works to improve college access.

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Change Agents

Students become partners in re-imagining school culture.

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Change Consultants

Students “stress test” educators’ change ideas about college access.

VIEW MORE

Classroom Observers

Students collect, analyze, and report on systematic classroom observation data.

VIEW MORE

Feedback Partners

Students provide feedback on student-led assessments.

VIEW MORE

Design Camp

To strengthen post-secondary planning, high school graduates and counselors collaborate at design camp.

VIEW MORE

Design Collaborative

Students and teachers developed lessons about racial identity through a collaborative on race and racism.

VIEW MORE

Empathy Interviews

School teams conduct monthly empathy interviews with students in order to ground their work in student experiences.

VIEW MORE

Feedback Loops

Students and families continuously inform improving Black students’ school experience.

VIEW MORE

Student Survey

Student survey data about developmental relationships inform the work of network teams.

VIEW MORE

Student Voice

Student voice has become embedded in a school’s culture.

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Teacher Fellows

Teachers use multiple feedback methods to center students’ perspectives and test changes to curriculum.

VIEW MORE

Youth Ambassadors

A student group uses continuous improvement to solve complex problems they see in their schools.

VIEW MORE

Shared Budget Decision-making

Budget decisions are made with students and families.

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Student Network

In a regional student network, students used continuous improvement strategies to identify a problem and test change ideas.

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Share decision-making
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Ambassador Network

A network of student ambassadors works to improve college access.

VIEW MORE

Change Agents

Students become partners in re-imagining school culture.

VIEW MORE

Change Consultants

Students “stress test” educators’ change ideas about college access.

VIEW MORE

Classroom Observers

Students collect, analyze, and report on systematic classroom observation data.

VIEW MORE

Feedback Partners

Students provide feedback on student-led assessments.

VIEW MORE

Design Camp

To strengthen post-secondary planning, high school graduates and counselors collaborate at design camp.

VIEW MORE

Design Collaborative

Students and teachers developed lessons about racial identity through a collaborative on race and racism.

VIEW MORE

Empathy Interviews

School teams conduct monthly empathy interviews with students in order to ground their work in student experiences.

VIEW MORE

Feedback Loops

Students and families continuously inform improving Black students’ school experience.

VIEW MORE

Student Survey

Student survey data about developmental relationships inform the work of network teams.

VIEW MORE

Student Voice

Student voice has become embedded in a school’s culture.

VIEW MORE

Teacher Fellows

Teachers use multiple feedback methods to center students’ perspectives and test changes to curriculum.

VIEW MORE

Youth Ambassadors

A student group uses continuous improvement to solve complex problems they see in their schools.

VIEW MORE

Shared Budget Decision-making

Budget decisions are made with students and families.

VIEW MORE

Student Network

In a regional student network, students used continuous improvement strategies to identify a problem and test change ideas.

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Youth-led improvement efforts

Ambassador Network

A network of student ambassadors works to improve college access.

VIEW MORE

Change Agents

Students become partners in re-imagining school culture.

VIEW MORE

Change Consultants

Students “stress test” educators’ change ideas about college access.

VIEW MORE

Classroom Observers

Students collect, analyze, and report on systematic classroom observation data.

VIEW MORE

Feedback Partners

Students provide feedback on student-led assessments.

VIEW MORE

Design Camp

To strengthen post-secondary planning, high school graduates and counselors collaborate at design camp.

VIEW MORE

Design Collaborative

Students and teachers developed lessons about racial identity through a collaborative on race and racism.

VIEW MORE

Empathy Interviews

School teams conduct monthly empathy interviews with students in order to ground their work in student experiences.

VIEW MORE

Feedback Loops

Students and families continuously inform improving Black students’ school experience.

VIEW MORE

Student Survey

Student survey data about developmental relationships inform the work of network teams.

VIEW MORE

Student Voice

Student voice has become embedded in a school’s culture.

VIEW MORE

Teacher Fellows

Teachers use multiple feedback methods to center students’ perspectives and test changes to curriculum.

VIEW MORE

Youth Ambassadors

A student group uses continuous improvement to solve complex problems they see in their schools.

VIEW MORE

Shared Budget Decision-making

Budget decisions are made with students and families.

VIEW MORE

Student Network

In a regional student network, students used continuous improvement strategies to identify a problem and test change ideas.

VIEW MORE