Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations

The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to studying, promoting, and putting into practice the conditions that foster student aspirations in schools and learning communities around the world.

From the outset, QISA has been guided by the belief that students are the potential, not the problem, in today's educational system. We are driven by the importance of student voice and a conviction that students have something to teach us. They are our partners on this educational journey.

Our work is based on nearly forty years of research in the field of student aspirations. This research shows that students who believe in themselves, are actively engaged in their learning, and feel a sense of purpose in school are more likely to develop high aspirations. Students with high aspirations are in a position to reach their fullest potential, both in school and beyond.

We bring our mission and aspirations research to life in schools where we have on-the-ground partnerships, through professional development, leadership training for students and staff, surveys, and focus groups. Our mission extends into the larger educational community through publications, speaking engagements, state and national policy work, and online learning. Our staff represents a team with diverse expertise in educational leadership and a shared commitment to student aspirations, led by Dr. Russell Quaglia.