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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 Links

    21st Century Skills and the Workplace

    Microsoft Partners in Learning, Pearson Foundation, and Gallup

    This Gallup report, published in partnership with Microsoft Partners in Learning and Pearson Foundation, explores the relationships between 21st century skills developed in the classroom, student aspiration in schools, and perceived quality of work later in life. QISA research in the field of student aspirations was used to inform their research.

  • Quaglia School Voice National Reports

    This report is rooted in a simple idea: In order for schools to be successful, they must listen to, learn from, and lead with the students and teachers who comprise the very life of the school itself. Whether schools choose to accept our view that the goal of schools should be to support each and every student's aspirations, or not; whether schools believe as we do that the Self-Worth, Engagement, and sense of Purpose of every student and teacher is critical to their academic and professional success in school, or not; whether schools think ensuring each student's sense of Belonging, Fun & Excitement, and Confidence to Take Action are part of the job of teaching, or not; we urge schools to consider the voice of students and teachers in all projects and programs moving forward.

  • The underlying philosophy of the My Voice Survey and the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations is that students have something to teach us. The 2014 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.

  • 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...

  • "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...

  • Video

    The progression of 30 plus years of research and fieldwork on voice and aspirations has led to the School Voice Model, which represents a dynamic process that allows all stakeholders in the school community to develop their voice in a way in which it is heard, respected, and valued.

  • In two sessions using the cutting edge webinar format, Shindig, Dr. Quaglia and Dr. Corso discussed the importance of student voice and how that impacts student aspirations and overall student success in schools. They shared from both the Student Voice and Teacher Voice Surveys and implications for Santa will be evident.

  • 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...

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Student Engagement Video by Rivers Academy West London

    Rivers Academy West London Student Leaders

    April 2013

    Student leaders at Rivers Academy West London (an Aspirations Academy in the U.K.) created this video to raise awareness at about the issue of peer support, as well as present "top tips" for being a supportive student.

  • 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.