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 several books are available through Corwin.

  • 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?

  • 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.

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  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • A Lesson in Listening

    Russ Quaglia; Kristine Fox

    May 2016

    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.

  • A principal with true voice is characterized as having the ability to speak openly and honestly in an environment that is driven by trust and responsibility. Using your voice is not only about sharing your own thoughts, but also eliciting and supporting the voice of others in the organization. Principal voice is about leading with purpose in a manner that motivates action: listen to the people around you, learn from what is being said, and lead with everyone's best interests in mind.

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

  • 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!

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  • 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: 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.

  • 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.

  • Two articles on 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.

  • 21st Century Skills and the Workplace

    Microsoft Partners in Learning, Pearson Foundation, and Gallup

    May 2013

    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.

  • 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.