About the Center

Founded in 2003, Center for Powerful Public Schools provides services to school districts and individual public schools in Greater Los Angeles and across California. We equip educators to create an equitable classroom experience.

Our learner-centered teaching practices have impacted more than 15,000 students. Our approach improves student preparation for college and career. We believe that powerful public schools are essential to an equitable society, economy, and democracy.

What is a Powerful Public School?

Powerful public schools are essential to an equitable society, economy and democracy.  Our expertise and collaboration with our schools have identified what is a powerful public school that will provide the resources and access that our students need.

Powerful Public School Attributes

  • Equity:  Promote access to opportunity and achievement.
  • Respect: Honor the inherent value of each person and treating all people accordingly.
  • Creativity: Use imagination to generate original ideas and solutions.
  • Competency: Develop the ability to meet and respond to the challenges of school and life.
  • Love of Learning: Foster a passionate interest in understanding the world and one’s place in it.

Powerful Public School Structures

  • The school’s structure supports a professional learning community that includes families, students and industry partners.
  • The school community is autonomous with decision-making power over school budget, curriculum and assessment, governance, schedule and staffing.
  • Distributive leadership and decision-making expands ownership of improved student outcomes and program effectiveness.
  • The school community utilizes its assets and relationships to create a resource-rich learning environment.
  • Teachers enhance leadership skills by reflecting on their practice.
  • Teachers collaborate across grade levels and content areas.

Powerful Public Schools in Action

  • Students and families are well-known and vital members of school community.
  • Classrooms are inviting spaces, arranged to support collaboration, discourse and creative thinking.
  • Teachers are facilitators of student-directed learning.
  • Real-world, rigorous and relevant curriculum.
  • Authentic assessments and quantitative data are used to continually improve student outcomes.
  • Student learning is outcome-focused, providing multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate competency and readiness for college and career.

I have the pleasure of partnering with the Center’s staff--their commitment to improving our schools for all students is clear in their work and their levers for change. Jeanne has extensive knowledge and a strong network. She makes a huge impact that is often understated.

Sara Mooney
Education Program Officer, United Way