Woodward SMARTSStudent-Driven Improvement at TPS: Students Making Achievements Right This Second

Toledo Public Schools leadership established the Students Making Achievements Right This Second or “SMARTS” program as a way to engage high school students by empowering students to identify and improve their schools and communities.

SMARTS students are often asked to participate in surveys and focus groups, attend conferences, speak at Board meetings, represent the district at events, and more. For example, SMARTS students were integral to the development of the district’s new strategic plan! SMARTS students from all over the district attend fun but educational team-building events at venues across Lucas County like the Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Zoo. While together they devote time surfacing improvement ideas, brainstorming possible solutions, implementing the chosen solutions, and evaluating impact. TPS loves that SMARTS students drive improvement at TPS and make the community a better place for everyone to live and learn!

During 2022-2023, SMARTS students were asked to present at the Ohio School Boards Association Conference at the Columbus Convention Center. There they answered the questions of many sitting school board members from across the state about their experiences with SMARTS!