Staff Publications

Since 1989, the Quaglia Institute staff has published widely on the topics of student voice and aspirations and voice. Many of the articles listed here are available for download, and books are available through Corwin and ASCD.

  • Not Finding Their Voice

    Dr. Russell Quaglia, Michelle Brait

    Students feeling they have a voice is a key indicator of emotional safety. Surveys show there's not enough of either in schools.

    What would happen if all students felt valued and had a powerful voice in school? Might it create a safer environment? Our research at the Quaglia Institute for School Voice and Aspirations suggests that it would. When students have a "voice" in school, they feel more known, valued, and cared about and have a stronger sense of self-worth.

  • The world is a noisy place. It's full of voices, but what are they all for? How are they different, and how do people use their voices to be heard?

    Created by Dr. Russ Quaglia and his daughter Cali—along with award-winning illustrator Daniel Minter—Cay and Adlee Find Their Voice supports the Quaglia Institute's work around the importance of student voice. For ages 4-7.

  • Find your best voice to inspire your child to reach their aspirations: With no single or right formula to teach, reassure, or help a child, no precise age gauge for first experiences, and blurry lines between clear, obvious, and gut decisions, how can a parent know what is best or right in the course of their child's education?

  • Engagement by Design

    September 2017

    Engaging Students for Success Through Purposeful Design: Every teacher wants engaged students. No student wants to be bored. So why isn't every classroom teeming with discussion and activity centered on the day's learning expectations?

  • School Administrator

    Scott LaFee

    Student opinions as part of teacher evaluations referencing iKnow My Class--QISA's classroom level survey. iKnow My Class measures student engagement in the teaching-learning environment.

  • The world's best high school may be a dream, but it's not out of reach. It's a model drawn from research, observations, focus groups, and interviews, and each aspect of its success exists in a real school today.

  • Student Voice: The Instrument of Change

    Russell J. Quaglia and Michael J. Corso

    Students should be central to any educational reform agenda. Student Voice: The Instrument of Change shows how you can achieve this with the Listen, Learn, and Lead approach: ask young people their thoughts and truly listen, learn from what students say, and utilize what you learn to be an effective leader of change.

    Order Student Voice: The Instrument of Change

  • A report on the Spring 2016 ASCD Whole Child Symposium. "The Engagement Gap: Making each school and every classroom an all-engaging learning environment."

  • Lead article, written by Dr. Quaglia and Dr. Fox, published in the Australian Educational Leader, Vol 40 Term 1 2018. You can read the full article on the AEL website. Please note this article can only be viewed as part of a paid membership to AEL.

  • Teacher Voice

    Dr. Russell Quaglia and Dr. Lisa Lande

    Help teachers find their voice and positively influence meaningful school change with this inspiring guide from student aspirations pioneers Russell Quaglia and Lisa Lande. You'll discover practical action steps, teacher interviews, in-depth research, and more. Improve retention, innovation, professional development, and student achievement with this breakthrough guide!

  • A Lesson in Listening

    Dr. Russell Quaglia, Dr. Kris Fox

    Published in RSA Journal Issue 1 2016.
    Dr. Russ Quaglia and Dr. Kristine Fox discuss why empowering students to find - and use - their voice is the first step on the road to creativity in education.

  • For decades, special educators have recorded post-secondary education goals identified by students and their families on the Individualized Education Program (IEP). This process of listening to students and supporting their ideas is just one example of the larger concept of student voice.

  • Principal Voice

    Dr. Russell Quaglia

    Good principals know that empowering student voices is essential. But what about their own voice? If principal voice is not articulate, trustworthy and strong, how can the school achieve progress?

  • Young Voice, Big Impact

    Kristine Fox

    November 2016

    Students want to be heard. They perceive asking questions as the primary avenue for being heard. Provide students with opportunities beyond asking questions to express their ideas, opinions, and concerns.

  • Biggest ever survey of young people finds that they want to "matter". Teachers should give students a far greater say in how schools are run and focus as much on relationships as they do on subjects, according to the largest survey of young people ever undertaken.

  • Based on a decade of research conducted at the Stanford University Center on Adolescence, Heather Malin explores how educators and schools can promote purpose through attention to school culture, curriculum, project learning, service learning, and other opportunities. This book includes profiles of six organizations working in schools across the US that have made purpose development a priority, including the Quaglia Institute.

  • Take steps to enrich the voice of your vocal and not-so-vocal teachers.

  • Juggling It All to Achieve Systemic Change

    Dr. Kwame Morton and Ms. Allison Staffin

    April 2019

    The job of the modern day school administrator is an extremely challenging one. Cherry Hill High School West has established an all-encompassing approach to certify that the focus is on student achievement while ensuring that students feel a sense of value, acceptance, belonging, and ultimately Self-Worth. The school has named this approach No Child Left Invisible.

  • Turn Up the Volume

    Russell Quaglia, Michael Corso

    January 2016

    Russell Quaglia and Michael Corso share the three steps to turn up the volume on student voice. Are you ready to listen to, learn from and lead with your students?

  • Student Voice: Turn Up The Volume 6-12 Activity Book

    Russell J. Quaglia, Michael J. Corso and Julie Hellerstein

    August 2015

    A companion piece to the K-8 guide, this extraordinary activity book by internationally acclaimed experts Dr. Russell Quaglia, Dr. Michael Corso and Julie Hellerstein implements the 3 Guiding Principles and 8 Behaviors and Conditions that will help your students soar to success!

    Order Student Voice: Turn Up The Volume 6-12 Activity Book

  • Student Voice: Turn Up The Volume K-8 Activity Book

    Russell J. Quaglia, Michael J. Corso and Julie Hellerstein

    August 2015

    Help your students reach their fullest potential. Create unique learning experiences adaptable to their needs and aspirations. Based on hundreds of teacher and student interviews, the authors implement the 3 Guiding Principles and 8 Behaviors and Conditions that profoundly affect student success in grades K-8.

    Order Student Voice: Turn Up the Volume K-8 Activity Book




  • Teacher Voice: Developing Sounds of Success

    Russell J. Quaglia and Lisa L. Lande

    July 2015

    This workbook has been developed as a work tool or guide for educators attending Quaglia Trainings for developing Teacher Voice and Aspirations. Trainees will have read the Quaglia/Corso book: Student Voice and will use the workbook as a write-in guide to work through the training under the guidance of a certified trainer.

    Contact Corwin.com to order Teacher Voice: Developing Sounds of Success

  • Teacher Voice: Myth? Or Long Overdue?

    Dr. Russell J. Quaglia; and Dr. Lisa L. Lande

    June 2015

    Education Week: Finding Common Ground.
    A guest post co-authored by Lisa Lande and Russell Quaglia from the Teacher Voice and Aspiration International Center. "Now is the time to amplify teacher voice as a valuable resource in school change efforts".

  • The Word on Voice

    June 2015

    Russell Quaglia explains why it's time to start listening to students and teachers.
    Principal, May/June 2015

  • Student Voice: Pump It Up!

    Russ Quaglia & Michael Corso

    September 2014

    The importance of strong relationships is a common denominator in the thousands of books and articles about principalship. Relationships with peers, teachers, parents, community members, and even politicians are paramount for the survival and success of most school leaders. In this article in Principal Leadership magazine (September 2014) the importance of building relationships with students addressed.

  • Where Student, Teacher, and Content Meet: Student Engagement in the Secondary School Classroom

    Michael J. Corso, Matthew J. Bundick, Russell J. Quaglia, and Dawn E. Haywood

    Student engagement is a much discussed topic in schools today. Engaged students are more likely to be academically motivated and to enjoy success in their classes. Published in the American Secondary Education Journal (Volume 41, Number 3, Summer 2013), this article focuses specifically on how engagement works in the classroom as a function of the interactions between students, teachers, and the class content.

  • 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.

  • 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.