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The Vision of Student-Powered Improvement

The vision of Student-Powered Improvement is to design solutions with students rather than for students. Create better schools by meeting students’ real experiences and needs.

What does student-powered improvement mean?


Solutions driven by students

Student-powered improvement makes schools better by inviting students to create solutions that address their needs.

Inclusive school environments

Student-powered improvement creates schools that recognize and value students’ unique identities, strengths, and needs.

Honest shift in power

Student-powered improvement reimagines the hierarchy between adults and students in schools.

Empowered students

Student-powered improvement creates the conditions needed for students to make a difference in school and beyond.

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Guiding Principles

Six guiding principles help ensure that student-powered improvement efforts are authentic and meaningful.

The Student-powered improvement framework

Explore the student-powered improvement framework of possibilities.

We are committed to student-powered improvement

Community Design Partners helps organizations make lasting change in their communities. Student-powered improvement is one way we work with organizations and schools to achieve more equitable outcomes for all people. We’d love to connect. 


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