Case Studies

These case studies were compiled to highlight the impact of the Aspirations Framework in schools.

Woodside High School, CA

In 2010 Woodside High School forged a partnership with the Quaglia Institute, and in the spring of 2011, WHS adopted the 8 Conditions as its revised Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLR's) and as a framework to amplify student voice in their school community. Since then, student voice has truly become a way of being at Woodside High.

LAUSD June 2020 Addendum

This document is an addendum to the May 2020 report, providing an overview of results from the Student Voice surveys that were not yet available in May. During the fall of 2019, a total of 8,423 Student Voice surveys were completed by students in LAUSD Quaglia Schools of Action. Despite school closures as a result of COVID-19, all but three of these schools provided their students the opportunity to complete the survey again during the spring of 2020, at which time 2,353 surveys were completed.

LAUSD Update May 2020

The 2019-20 school year has indeed been an academic year unlike any other. We are proud to report that despite the interruption COVID-19 brought to the typical flow of a school year, the LAUSD Quaglia Schools of Action have risen to the occasion! Efforts to amplify students’ voices and aspirations are not only surviving, but thriving. Aspirations Teams were able to quickly mobilize and leverage previous work in the area of student voice to drive support for students and families as they collectively transitioned to emergency remote learning. While this has not been an ideal way to conclude the final round of professional development sessions, we are incredibly impressed with the commitment of administrators and teachers. 

LAUSD Update January 2020

This midyear report highlights the Quaglia Institute's partnership with LAUSD, including onsite sessions with 15 Schools of Action, Student Voice survey use and application, as well as training a group of educators to become certified as Student Voice & Aspirations Facilitators in order to build internal capacity and sustainability.We are incredibly proud of the commitment these schools have made to amplify student voice and the actions they are taking to truly create sustainable change. 

Youngstown City School District, OH

In 2011, the Youngstown City School District (YCSD)—made up of 14 schools—became the first Local Educational Authority (LEA) in Ohio to be designated "in Academic Distress." As part of a comprehensive turnaround effort, initiated and supported by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) through a state appointed Academic Distress Commission (ADC), the Quaglia Institute was brought in to work with administrators, teachers, students, and the community to improve the teaching and learning environment in YCSD schools.

Conway Elementary School, SC

Conway Elementary School (CES) is located in the Horry County School District, South Carolina. The school is comprised of grades Pre K–grade 5 and has a student body of 700 and a staff of 100. The Conway Elementary community has used their School Voice survey and focus group results to plot a course of action that supports school and district goals.