Showcasing Schools

See how schools are making a difference with voice!

Student Voice in Los Angeles Unified School District - 3 minute video

This 3 minute video provides highlights from the 8 minute video above. These videos were created in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and Barry Kibrick, host and creator of Between the Lines, to demonstrate the importance and impact of student voice in LAUSD.

"Voice in our schools needs to become a way of being. It can't be a perceived program that I'm taking off the shelf. It's got to compliment, it's got to drive, it's got to allow us to reflect on every single thing we do. From the first bell to the last bell."
~ Dr. Russ Quaglia

Student Voice in Los Angeles Unified School District - 8 minute video

Watch this 8 minute video to learn about the importance and impact of student voice in LAUSD. This collaborative creation between QISVA, LAUSD, and Barry Kibrick, host and creator of Between the Lines, was designed to demonstrate the importance of fostering student voice and aspirations at all ages, as well as the impact it has on the teaching and learning environment.

"Students listen to teachers with great intent. We need to return the favor."
~ Dr. Russ Quaglia

Student Voice - Thank You!

15 Brisbane Catholic Education Student Voice Consultants had a strong desire to show their appreciation to staff, students and parents for their innovation, resilience, and support in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch this video to see how they express their gratitude!

SHOWCASING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

The schools below are a few highlights from the amazing work elementary schools around the world are doing to amplify student voice. A special thank you to these schools for being willing to put their practices on display. Our hope is that these examples will provide a spark of inspiration as we listen to and learn from one another. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to submit evidence of your student voice work to be included in this Showcasing Schools page.

Student Voice at Kihei Elementary School

In support of the Hawaii State Department of Education's strategic plan, teachers and administrators at Kihei Elementary School are implementing strategies to inspire students to use their voices to create positive change in their school community. Watch the video to the left to see why Kihei values student voice and helps students become actively involved in school.

Rosa Parks Learning Center (Elementary School) Legacy Project

Monday Morning Assemblies at Rosa Parks Learning Center were established to allow students to showcase their learning to the entire school on a regular basis and to build a sense of belonging for all students. Students took ownership of their learning and were excited to participate in the assemblies. As a result, student attendance increased. Be sure to watch the three videos in the PowerPoint to view the students in action!

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Chatsworth Park Urban Planning Magnet School (Elementary School) Legacy Project

Teachers at Chatsworth Park Elementary School seek out students' ideas and opinions to truly understand their perspectives and experiences. Student input is valued and supports the learning process within project based learning—it lifts up under-engaged voices, provides time to explore and discuss ideas, allows for creative expression, makes lessons personally relevant, rewards risk, and encourages debate.

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Paul C. Bunn Elementary School

This teacher-created video demonstrates the various ways Paul C. Bunn puts the Quaglia Institute's 8 Conditions into action. Watch to see the voice and aspirations activities the students, teachers, and Q-Team created and participated in!

Student Aspirations Assemblies

The Quaglia Institute presented the 8 Conditions to students in grades 3-5 in Youngstown, Ohio. Check out the video for a recap of the assembly and see if the students remembered all of them!

SHOWCASING SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The schools below are a few amazing highlights from middle and high/secondary schools around the world who are committed to amplifying student voice. A special thank you to these schools for being willing to put their practices on display. Our hope is that these examples will provide a spark of inspiration as we listen to and learn from one another. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to submit evidence of your student voice work to be included in this Showcasing Schools page.

Reseda High School Legacy Project

The Student Aspirations Advocates Program (SAAP) at Reseda High School is designed as an intensive 9th grade support system for students who have been identified as high risk and could benefit from an additional positive support system. The SAAP Mentorship program serves to provide each SAAP member with a role model and "go to" person on campus.

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Northridge Academy High School Legacy Project

It is often said that the best gifts come in small packages. The sentiment expressed in that adage is one of the best ways to describe Northridge Academy High School. The school may be small, but what they exemplify in terms of habits of collaboration, interaction, and instruction as an extended family unit are truly gifts.

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Lawrence Middle School Legacy Project

The Lawrence legacy project provides a summary of accomplishments that the school feels have been most important in guiding their course of action. Their true focus has not been on the accomplishments themselves, but rather on the lasting impact their actions will have on shaping the culture of Lawrence Middle School in years to come.

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A student at Lawrence Middle School created this Student Voice World Cafe video to show their collaborative work with school data.

Castro Middle School Legacy Project

Aspirations Day is Castro's annual career exploration event. This all-school event takes place toward the end of the academic year and is designed to be a culmination of activities from throughout the year that were designed to help students develop a stronger sense of their values, personality traits, skills, and goals.

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Mount Gleason Middle School Legacy Project

Mount Gleason established the Galloping Gatherings so that students could engage and share their voices with their peers. Making connections across grade levels has helped Mount Gleason students establish cross-age mentors who help younger students better prepare for school academically, socially, and emotionally.

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Edison Middle School Legacy Project

Students at Edison can get the motivation and support they need to tackle any obstacle, be proud of their accomplishments, and establish a great sense of purpose that will last a lifetime. This PowerPoint presentation shows the myriad ways Edison Middle School is committed to creating a connected community and fostering student voice and aspirations.

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Check out the activities at Thomas Edison Middle School's Eco Fair!

Sutter Middle School Legacy Project

Sutter Middle School created a Youth Empowerment Council (Y.E.C.) where two students from every advisory/homeroom class gather feedback from their classmates and bring the concerns and suggestions to a roundtable of representatives including teachers, support staff, and administrators.

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This Sutter Middle School video showcases student voice in action! Students were asked to help the school decide which science textbooks to purchase.

Gompers Middle School Legacy Project

After identifying that 6th grade students were struggling with the transition to middle school, the 6th grade team of teachers spent four weeks working with students to help them develop the habits necessary to arrive at class ready and willing to learn. Their work is reflected in "The Impact and Power of Student Voice" slide show they created, which includes a video presenting students' perspectives on student/teacher relationships and what adults can do to improve those relationships.

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View the collective celebration that students earned in the video created by the Gompers 6th grade department.

Chatsworth Charter High School Legacy Project

Chatsworth Charter High School is using their Legacy Project to:

  • Strengthen meaningful relationships between alumni and current students and staff.
  • Create a student-built library containing short videos to share Tips for Success with other students.
  • Develop an online Professional Corner for specific achievement goals.

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Huntington Park High School Legacy Project

The School Engagement Task Force at Huntington Park High met biweekly to brainstorm school-wide initiatives that would increase student engagement. Adults and students worked together and conducted a World Café activity to analyze their Quaglia Student Voice data. Students provided recommendations that influenced actions taken over the course of the year.

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Woodside High School

Woodside High School is committed to embedding student voice and aspirations into the fabric of their school so that it becomes a natural way of being! Read this winning graduation speech by Linnea Lyssand which incorporates all of QISA's 8 Conditions.
  • Watch this video from Woodside High School's Compass program. This program was created to support incoming 9th graders who have been identified as at-risk for dropping out. The video highlights Spirit of Adventure and shows students engaging in a number of Quaglia Institute activities.
  • Watch I Am Woodside to see the school of these Wildcats!
  • In this Curiosity & Creativity video, students discuss and demonstrate the importance of curiosity and creativity—in learning and in life.

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Peer Support Scenarios by Rivers Academy West London

Student leaders at Rivers Academy West London, an Aspirations Academy Trust school in the UK, created this video to raise awareness about the importance of effective peer support. This video includes "How To" and "How Not To" scenarios, as well "top tips" for being a supportive peer.

Student Voice: Lizeth, Redwood High School

In this student voice video, Lizeth talks about what inspired her to stop skipping school and become a more confident, motivated student. Her openness and insights reflect the importance of building trusting and respectful relationships between teachers and students.

Student Voice: Gabriel, Redwood High School

In this student voice video, Gabriel shares his wisdom on belonging and how teachers can bring out students' unique talents to help them thrive. He articulates the importance of taking time to consider what it may be like to stand in someone else's shoes—of truly understanding and connecting with each other.

Student Voice: Steven, Somerville High School

In this student voice video, Steven shares his perspective on student voice and why it is essential to improving a school. He also talks about his experience with a teacher who promoted Self-Worth for everyone in her class and how that impacted students' investment in class and growth as individuals.

Student Voice: Kellie, Somerville High School

In this student voice video, Kellie talks about why she loves her school and what it means to promote a sense of Belonging for all students. As a member of the Culture Committee, Kellie recognizes the importance of including others and working together to create a better school environment.

Student Voice: Vince, Redwood High School

In this student voice video, Vince reflects on a positive experience with a math teacher and offers his advice for how educators can show students that they care. Vince recognizes the importance is creating an environment where students feel comfortable in class and cared about as individuals.

Student Voice: Bethany and Noah

Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership (REAL) students, Noah and Bethany, traveled to Thailand with their local Rotary Club to help set up drinking wells in two rural villages. In this interview, they share their amazing stories and the impact of this transformational experience.