Student Work

  • Transdisciplinary Design (MFA)

    Christopher Lopez

    Instruments of Empowerment and Dialogue

    "Instruments of Empowerment and Dialogue" is an exploration of the current boundaries and possibilities of the student report card. This transdisciplinary design is a systems-level response to challenge the status quo of social promotion and educational inequities by using design to create the conditions necessary for fostering individual student success. This concept examines the report card and its potential to be reimagined as a tool that promotes agency and prompts actionable dialogue for intervention, motivation, and partnership. The goal of the instrument, and the dialogues provoked, is to redraw communication and accountability lines within education systems, activate collaboration, and empower educators and parents to promote student progress. This thesis was featured at the 2017 International Baccalaureate Global Educator Conference in Japan and is continuing to be developed and scaled. The positive insights generated thus far suggest a promising potential for the design to be applied to a range of educational models and contexts. Follow this project at