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.

Dream Bigger

This piece, written by Dr. Quaglia, challenges us all to Dream Bigger as we look towards the future. 

Why Student Voice Matters More Now Than Ever

ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio
Dr. Quaglia believes that we often view student voice as important but not a priority. Join him to explore why student voice may be more important than ever in these trying times.

The Power of Voice in Schools

For nearly four decades, Russ Quaglia has been laying the groundwork to inform, reform, and transform schools through student voice.

This inspirational book deftly synthesizes the thoughts and feelings of hundreds of thousands of stakeholders and offers a vision for schools where everyone's voice matters. The authors posit that students, teachers, administrators, and parents must work and learn together in ways that promote deep understanding and creativity.

Pose Reflective Questions: Teachers and Students Must Unite to Build a 'New Normal'

As we prepare to welcome students back to brick and mortar classrooms, we can pool our most creative thinking, learn together, and move forward with a celebratory and strong spirit.

Practical Tips to Make Student Voice the Cornerstone of Your Online Classes

Educators who are committed to amplifying student voice know that voice thrives in a classroom built upon trust, respect, and a sense of community.

Teachers, your voice is your most powerful tool for success in online learning

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic it is important to recognise which aspects of teaching and learning you can control and which you cannot.

Students aren't victims: it's critical we harness their voice to drive online learning

Rather than "fix" things for students, we need to engage them in decision making. We need to learn with them what will work for them as they navigate through this transition to online learning.

10 steps to incorporating student voice into remote learning

While everything feels different these days, student voice remains as important as ever. This article shares ten pieces of advice on how to infuse student voice into online learning, give students some control during this chaotic and seemingly uncontrollable time, and keep students meaningfully engaged.

COVID-19: An opportunity to listen, learn, and lead with our children

As educators and families consider new approaches to learning during prolonged school closures, an intentional effort must be made to listen to our children, learn from what they have to say, and lead together to help heal the world.

Not Finding Their Voice

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.

Student Voice: A Way of Being

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.

Five Reasons to Nurture Student Voice As Early As Possible

Listen as Cali Quaglia and Dr. Russell Quaglia, authors of Cay and Adlee Find Their Voice, make a strong case for helping students find and use their voice as early as possible.

Cay and Adlee Find Their Voice

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.

Parent Voice: Being in Tune With Your Kids and Their School

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

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?

Young Voice, Big Impact

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.

Aspire High

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.

Teacher Voice

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!

Cut Through the Noise & Embrace Parent Voice

Parents and families provide unique perspectives about their children. They experience their child's fears, joys, excitements and disappointments on a daily and sometimes even hourly basis. As educators who advocate for School Voice work, we should welcome these insights into the life of our schools.

Principal Voice

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?

Make An Impact

Hone your principal voice by listening, learning, and leading, as well as speaking for yourself.

A Lesson in Listening

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.

Please note you will need to download the PDF version of the journal - this article is on page 46.

Teacher Voice: Problem or Potential?

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

Turn Up the Volume

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 K-8 Activity Book

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


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

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

Teacher Voice: Myth? Or Long Overdue?

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

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

Student Voice: Pump It Up!

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.

Student Voice: The Instrument of Change

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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Student Voice and Resilience in Learning

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.

American School Board Journal Q&A with Russell Quaglia, expert on student engagement

Q&A with QISA's President and Founder, Dr. Russell Quaglia, featured in the American School Board Journal.

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

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.

Living the Mission

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.

The Active Voice: The Role of Student Voice in Promoting Students' Engagement in School

This is a commentary draft of the paper presented by Dr. Matthew J. Bundick at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2012 Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Student Voice

This look at getting elementary school students involved in their learning, published as a Web Exclusive in NAESP's January/February 2012 Principal, includes analysis of My Voice student survey data with subsequent actions educators can take to encourage student voice in their schools.

Focused on Student Success: A Five-Year Research Study on Models, Networks, and Policies to Support and Sustain Rigor and Relevance for ALL Students

The Successful Practices Network, the International Center for Leadership in Education, and the Council of Chief State School Officers, with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, embarked on a five-year high school initiative to identify, analyze, enrich, and disseminate the nation's most successful schoolwide practices and policies as a way to achieve a rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students, with a particular focus on classroom instruction and effective learning. The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations partnered with this group in 2009-10 to provide research support for the initiative, as presented in this report.

Got Opportunity?

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.

Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships

How can students meet high academic standards if they don't believe in their ability to do so? This article, featured in AASA's The School Administrator, promotes an instructional framework for unlocking the door to engage high school students to learn at appropriate levels.

Eight Ways to Motivate Your Staff

Published in NAESP's Principal (January/February 2005), this article describes eight conditions that principals can support to motivate faculty and staff to achieve their fullest potential.

Creating a Classroom Culture that Inspires Student Learning

This article, published in The Teaching Professor, provides an overview of how the 8 Conditions can inspire student learning in the classroom.

The Student Aspirations Survey: Assessing Student Effort and Goals

Published in Educational and Psychological Measurement, this article presents theory and research on intellectual achievement that suggests a seldom-examined factor, student aspirations, plays an integral role in students' educational accomplishments.

Making an Impact on Student Aspirations: A Positive Approach to School Violence

Published in the NASSP Bulletin, this article shares an approach to make schools safer places for students using the 8 Conditions.

A Study of Underlying Variables Affecting Aspirations of Rural Adolescents

This paper, published in Adolescence (Vol. 30, No. 117), examines aspirations in a different light by analyzing variables which can be directly influenced by the student, family, and/or school personnel. Aspirations are comprised of two major components - inspiration and ambitions.

Raising Student Aspirations- The Need to Share a Vision Quaglia & Breen 1991

This article, published in School Counselor (Vol. 38, No. 3) presents selected data comparing aspirations of rural youths with those of suburban and urban youths; discusses the roles of the school counselor and of the principal to examine how these roles relate to the fostering of student aspirations; and offers workable solutions for the principal and school counselor to work collaboratively in the school to enhance student aspiration.

Toward a Theory of Student Aspirations

Student aspirations is a term that is used frequently in education, yet there is little understanding and agreement as to what it means and even less understanding about its origin. The purpose of this paper, published in the Journal of Research in Rural Education (Vol. 12, No. 3) is to trace some of the key historical perspectives of the construct of aspirations, and from this backdrop introduce a new manner in which to view student aspirations.

Student Aspirations: Reading Recovery May Influence More than Literacy Development

This paper, published in the Reading Recovery Council of North America's Literacy Teaching and Learning (Volume 3, Number 1), represents an effort to connect practices of the Reading Recovery (RR) program with known conditions for student aspirations. The implications of this work suggest that investing effort in RR may affect not only children's literacy development, but also their aspirations, which are generalizable to other areas of the children's lives.