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  • Case Studies

    Produced by the Pearson Foundation, this case study shares the story of Dayton Early College Academy, a charter high school in Dayton, Ohio, that began using the My Voice Survey in 2006, and working with QISA as a Demonstration Site in 2010.

  • This case study profiles Selma City Schools' (Selma, Alabama) impressive reduction of their dropout rate from 35% to 4.47% under the leadership of Superintendent, Dr. James Carter, and using the Aspirations Framework.

  • Newsletter Archive

    In this issue: Insights on Student Voice, Student Voice U.S. by Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership at Redwood High School (Redwood City, CA), Student Voice U.K. by Aspirations Heroes at Harriers Banbury Academy (Banbury, England), An Educator Speaks Out by Dr. Dana L. Mitra and Dr. Stephanie Serriere of Pennsylvania State University, and AAT Insider's Voice by Chris McNab of Rivers Academy West London.

  • In this issue: Insights on Spirit of Adventure, Student Voice U.S. by the Student Aspirations Team at Maysville Elementary School (Zanesville, OH), Student Voice U.K. by Dorsa, Willow, Samiha, Priscilla, Kane, Ali, and Mehdi at Rivers Academy West London, An Educator Speaks Out by Norma Wright at O.R. Edgington Elementary School (Englewood, OH), and AAT Insider's Voice by Rachel Gallyot at Dashwood Banbury Academy.

  • Quaglia Quoted

    My Education

    October 2013

    The My Education Report was made for young people, by young people. Led by nine Youth Ambassadors from the U.K., My Education was produced with Pearson Foundation and Teach First, and uses My Voice data to present key issues for today's youth.

  • Quaglia School Voice National Reports

    A visually rich summary of the findings of the most recent My Voice National report. This summary includes the voices of actual students, highlighting the importance of Self-Worth, Engagement, and Purpose to their academic motivation.

  • The underlying philosophy of the My Voice Survey and the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations is that students have something to teach us. The 2013 My Voice National Student Report (Grades 6-12) reveals the voices of students from across the United States and demonstrates the vital importance of listening to them. The My Voice Survey comprises 63 statements that address the 8 Conditions, as well...

  • "Impacting Academic Motivation in Students" displays the connection between Academic Motivation and the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspiration's 3 Guiding Principles - Self-Worth, Engagement, and Purpose - and two important variables related to relationships - teacher support and peer support. The purpose of this Impact Index is to help educators focus energy on variables that could most significantly improve student academic motivation. Data was compiled by the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations and are based...

  • The underlying philosophy of the My Voice Survey and the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations is that students have something to teach us. The 2012 My Voice National Student Report (Grades 6-12) reveals the voices of students from across the United States and demonstrates the vital importance of listening to them. The My Voice Survey comprises 63 statements that address the 8 Conditions, as well as a set of demographic questions. For the present report,...

  • This report summarizes findings from the 2012 My Voice National Student Report (Grades 6-12), which was completed by 94,248 students in grades 6-12 during the 2011-2012 academic year, representing 355 schools from across the United States.

  • The 2011 My Voice National Student Report provides students an opportunity for their voices to be heard and demonstrates the vital importance of listening to them. The My Voice Survey comprises 63 statements that address the 8 Conditions, as well as a set of demographic questions. For the present report, the My Voice Survey was completed by 57,883 students in grades 6-12 during 2010-11 academic year, representing 203 schools from across the United States.

  • The 2011 My Voice National Student Report summary of results, produced by Pearson Foundation, highlights major conclusions from this internationally recognized survey. These results measuring student perceptions in schools - from small rural schools to large urban districts - can be used to create a student-centered environment where children feel safe, valued and supported.

  • The My Voice Student Aspirations Survey assesses various aspects of student aspirations by asking students to respond to 63 statements about the 8 Conditions, as well as a set of demographic questions. For the present report, the My Voice Survey was completed by 19,444 students in grades 6-12 during the spring of 2010. Forty-three schools from six different states (from the South, Midwest, and Northeast regions of the United States) representing various sizes and socioeconomic...

  • This report summarizes findings from the 2012 My Voice National Student Report (Grades 6-12), which was completed by 19,444 students in grades 6-12 during the spring of 2010. Forty-three schools from six different states (from the South, Midwest, and Northeast regions of the United States) representing various sizes and socioeconomic backgrounds were included.

  • Between fall 2006 and spring 2008, 414,243 students in grades 6-12 completed the My Voice Student Aspirations Survey at 569 schools in 32 states representing various sizes and socioeconomic backgrounds. This survey asked students to respond to 57 statements about the 8 Conditions to better understand what motivates and inspires students to achieve, and how well students believe their school is meeting those objectives.

  • The My Voice Staff Aspirations Survey assesses staff aspirations by asking questions based on the 8 Conditions. By asking how staff perceive the school environment, My Voice provides educators and those that support them with a powerful tool for understanding both what motivates and inspires every person to achieve, and how well the staff believes their school is meeting those objectives. Between fall 2006 and spring 2008, 20,913 staff members completed this survey; 63% were...

  • Staff Publications

    Q&A with QISA's President and Founder, Dr. Russell Quaglia, featured in the American School Board Journal.

  • Student Voice and Resilience in Learning

    Kristine Fox, Megan Bedford, and Brian Connelly

    September 2013

    Although research has a lot to say about how to foster academic resilience, encouraging student voice - which an abundance of research shows to have a positive effect on school success - has been largely overlooked (Mager & Nowak, 2012; McNulty & Quaglia, 2007; Mitra, 2004). This ASCD Express article looks at how student voice and academic success are inextricably linked - even among students from challenged backgrounds.

  • Living the Mission

    Michael Corso, Linda Lucey, and Kristine Fox

    October 2012

    This look at successful schools whose mission statements drive all decisions was featured in the October 2012 American School Board Journal. Includes case studies and the top three steps schools can take to start living out their own mission statements.

  • This is a commentary draft of the paper presented by Dr. Matthew J. Bundick at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2012 Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  • The Successful Practices Network, the International Center for Leadership in Education, and the Council of Chief State School Officers, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, embarked on a five-year high school initiative to identify, analyze, enrich, and disseminate the nation's most successful schoolwide practices and policies as a way to achieve a rigorous and relevant curriculum for all...

  • Got Opportunity?

    Russell J. Quaglia, Kristine M. Fox, and Michael J. Corso

    November 2010

    This article, published in ASCD's Educational Leadership, examines how students' views about their opportunities in school and about student-teacher relationships correlate with students' levels of motivation, effort, and achievement. After analyzing survey responses, the authors conclude that the "opportunity gap" some students face has three key elements: the expectations gap, the relationships gap, and the participation gap.

  • Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

    Raymond J. McNulty and Russell J. Quaglia

    September 2007

    How can students meet high academic standards if they don't believe in their ability to do so? This article, featured in AASA's The School Administrator, promotes an instructional framework for unlocking the door to engage high school students to learn at appropriate levels.

  • Creating a Classroom Culture that Inspires Student Learning

    Sara E. Quay and Russell J. Quaglia

    February 2004

    This article, published in The Teaching Professor, provides an overview of how the 8 Conditions can inspire student learning in the classroom.

  • This paper, published in the Reading Recovery Council of North America's Literacy Teaching and Learning (Volume 3, Number 1), represents an effort to connect practices of the Reading Recovery (RR) program with known conditions for student aspirations. The implications of this work suggest that investing effort in RR may affect not only children's literacy development, but also their aspirations, which are generalizable to other areas of the children's lives.

  • The Student Aspirations Survey: Assessing Student Effort and Goals

    Jonathan A. Plucker and Russell J. Quaglia

    April 1998

    Published in Educational and Psychological Measurement, this article presents theory and research on intellectual achievement that suggests a seldom-examined factor, student aspirations, plays an integral role in students' educational accomplishments.

  • Published in the NASSP Bulletin, this article shares an approach to make schools safer places for students using the 8 Conditions.

  • Toward a Theory of Student Aspirations

    Russell J. Quaglia and Casey D. Cobb

    Student aspirations is a term that is used frequently in education, yet there is little understanding and agreement as to what it means and even less understanding about its origin. The purpose of this paper, published in the Journal of Research in Rural Education (Vol. 12, No. 3) is to trace some of the key historical perspectives of the construct of aspirations, and from this backdrop introduce a new manner in which to view student aspirations.

  • This paper, published in Adolescence (Vol. 30, No. 117), examines aspirations in a different light by analyzing variables which can be directly influenced by the student, family, and/or school personnel. Aspirations are comprised of two major components - inspiration and ambitions.

  • This paper describes the various types of school-business partnerships that exist in rural America. Data were derived from an extensive review of literature and limited field observations and interviews. Findings indicate that little formal research has been conducted on reform-model, school-business partnerships. Two strands of thought regarding the organizational and personal interactions between schools and businesses are identified--the partnership domain and the relationship domain. The partnership domain is characterized by a static process, a well-defined...

  • This paper, published in Education (Vol. 113, No. 4) describes the components of the University of Maine's Aspirations School Improvement Project (ASIP) which is designed to raise student and staff aspirations as a strategy for school improvement.

  • This paper, published in Rural Educator (Vol. 13, No. 2) highlights the importance of increasing student and staff aspirations as a component of effective schools and describes a rural school improvement project developed at the University of Maine. The Aspirations Project involves university school partnerships with four rural Maine school systems.

  • Raising Student Aspirations: The Need to Share a Vision

    Dorothy Tysse Breen and Russell J. Quaglia

    January 1991

    This article, published in School Counselor (Vol. 38, No. 3) presents selected data comparing aspirations of rural youths with those of suburban and urban youths; discusses the roles of the school counselor and of the principal to examine how these roles relate to the fostering of student aspirations; and offers workable solutions for the principal and school counselor to work collaboratively in the school to enhance student aspiration.

  • The roles of state boards of education, state education agencies, and chief state school officers are examined in this paper, distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse. A review of governance models beginning with colonial days and ending with consideration of recent research on the functioning of state boards of education is provided, and it is concluded that state boards have wide discretionary powers, but are constrained by a lack of financial and political influence. This finding contradicts...

  • Published in Research in Rural Education (Vol. 6, No. 2), this paper argues that high student aspirations are part of a positive school climate and an important component of school effectiveness strategies. Outlines research needed to clarify these relationships and to examine the impact of teacher and staff behavior on student aspirations.

  • An experiential course in administrative practice was designed at the University of Maine to address public and professional demands for competency-centered preparation courses. The course employs a predesigned case study replicating a school setting to move students beyond theory and into the interpersonal relationships and personal dimensions of school leadership practices. The underlying conceptual framework that guided course development is presented in three sections: (1) a description of the laboratory course design and structure; (2)...

  • Video

    EFF11: Mobile learning for the Masses? Mobile learning has triggered again the discussions about the unfulfilled potential of technology in education. With quite different meanings according to contexts, m-learning has recently emerged as a major opportunity to transform school education, bring more learning opportunities at home or even to reach marginalized populations, be that from a geographical or social perspective. In short, one would think that mobile learning is here...

  • A short video interview with Russell Quaglia and Michael Corso filmed at Corwin Press.

  • Dr. Russ Quaglia believes students must be partners in decision making if we are serious about wanting schools to improve. This was part of his message at ASCD14 @EveryLearner Someday is Now!

  • Dr. Russ Quaglia shares his concern about the multiple goals schools have. He suggests schools should prepare students to just be ready (period). This was part of his message at ASCD14 @EveryLearner Someday is Now!

  • A preview of Dr. Russ Quaglia's presentation at ASCD14 @EveryLearner.

  • Dr. Rhonda Talford Knight asks, "How do we address the 'Relationship Gap' that exists between culturally diverse students and teachers?" This webinar explores three main topics: how we define culture, the role culture plays in teaching and learning, and cultural competency.

  • Why Learner Voice

    Gavin Dykes, Education World Forum; Dr. Russell Quaglia & Dr. Michael Corso, QISA

    February 2014

    International leader in educational innovation and technology, Gavin Dykes, joins QISA President & Founder, Dr. Russell Quaglia for a discussion of how personalization can increasingly lead to learning that is better-tuned to student aspirations, enthusiasms, and ambitions.

  • Program Evaluation: How to Count What Really Counts

    Sarah Rawlings, Director of Research and Evaluation, QISA

    January 2014

    With a focus on professional educators who drive decisions based on data, rather than "data-driven decision-making," this webinar will help educators evaluate programs in a way that leads to action.

  • Student Voice: Are We Ready?

    Dr. Russell Quaglia & Dr. Michael Corso, QISA

    December 2013

    Despite a growing fan base, student voice has not yet been meaningfully integrated within our schools; this webinar features a discussion between QISA leaders, Dr. Russell Quaglia and Dr. Michael Corso, about the readiness factors that must be assessed and revisited in schools seeking to foster purposeful dialogue with students.

  • Engaging Students: From Responsibility for Self to National Leaders

    Dawn Haywood, Chief Executive, Student Engagement Trust & Director, Aspirations Academies Trust

    November 2013

    This webinar explores an approach to student voice and leadership that provides a pathway for students to take responsibility for themselves and their own learning.

  • This visionary webinar presents a conceptual architectural design in which to infuse the heart of student aspirations: a product-based, community-focused curriculum that provides students with the ability and opportunity to transform their communities.

  • iKnow My Class: Seeing Your Classroom From the Other Side of the Desk

    Dr. Michael Corso & Julie Hellerstein, QISA

    October 2013

    This ACTION Center webinar provides an overview of how iKnow My Class captures the real issues that impact student learning beyond content - relevance, meaningful engagement, and positive relationships.

  • New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

    Dr. Maria Langworthy, Chief Research Officer, Michael Fullan Enterprises

    October 2013

    This ACTION Center webinar introduces the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Global Partnership, and discusses how this initiative is working to mobilize learning to help students achieve their aspirations.

  • Being on a Student Aspirations Team

    Julie Hellerstein, QISA Director of Student Support

    September 2013

    This informative video gives students an idea of what being on a Student Aspirations Team is all about!

  • The New Normal in Education: Vision for a New Learner

    Raymond J. McNulty, Dean of Education, SNHU

    September 2013

    The once passive role of the student is transforming into that of a learner - a more active, independent, and self-empowered role. This ACTION Center webinar considers this monumental shift and the implications it has for the professional educator.

  • Race to the Top & My Voice

    Dr. Russell Quaglia, QISA President & Founder

    September 2011

    Dr. Russell Quaglia speaks about My Voice Ohio in the Race to the Top effort.