The Instrument of Change
- Russell J. Quaglia - Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, President & Founder
- Michael J. Corso - Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, Chief Academic Officer
Leadership | School Culture | Student Engagement & Motivation
Meaningful school reform starts with your most powerful partner—your students!
Students have plenty of opinions when it comes to school, and they’re not all about free ice cream in the cafeteria. When you take time to listen, you’ll find that students’ aspirations can drive your school toward exciting new goals. And when students know they’re being heard, they develop self-worth, engage meaningfully in their own academic success, and become purposeful in their educations.
This groundbreaking book presents a blueprint for enacting a successful partnership between educators and students. You’ll discover how to
- Ask the right questions—and understand how to build from the answers you get
- Engage students in decision-making and improvement-related processes
- Implement the Aspirations Framework to guide students toward achieving their full potential
Filled with examples drawn from student surveys, focus groups, field observations, and interviews, this unique resource prepares you to lead with the sure knowledge that your students can and will want to join you.
—Raymond J. McNulty, Dean of the School of Education
Southern New Hampshire University
“Words cannot accurately capture my impression. It is simply the best education book I've ever read. I'm blown away by the quality, humility, simplicity and complexity, and call to action.”
—Robert Neu, Superintendent
Oklahoma City Public Schools
"Student Voice reveals the secret to turning schools into vibrant communities of engaged learners – simply and profoundly – giving students a voice in their own learning. It offers a hopeful, poignant and elegant vision for closing the gap for the alarming number of students who are disconnected from school. Quaglia challenges educators to value student voice through intentional listening and responsive action and tells them how to create meaningful partnerships that keep students engaged, excited, and achieving. This is a must-read roadmap for reform-weary educators who will be inspired to take the less traveled path of listening to and responding to the voice of each of their students."
"In this book, Dr. Quaglia and Dr. Corso offer a successfully tested framework designed to empower students by giving them a meaningful voice in the educational process. It starts with a conversation that leads to an understanding of student perceptions of their educational experience and ultimately creates a trusting partnership between students and educators. The partnership guides the educational process, positively influences school climate and creates an environment in which students can successfully achieve their aspirations. Student Voice is a professional investment every school community should make."
"In this magnificent book, Quaglia and Corso have unearthed a deep missing piece in learning. The elephant in the room, ironically turns out to be Student Voice! And now we have it-their aspirations, the 8 conditions of deep learning relating to self-worth, engagement, and purpose. Thanks to the authors we have a whole new set of strategies where change, learning, educators and students merge.This is innovation at its best."
"Deliberate Optimism is what every teacher needs before the start of school, in the midst of the longest months of teaching, and at the end of the academic year. The work of Silver, Berckemeyer and Baenen is insightful, uplifting and engaging! The book is inspiring and reminds all educators they are in control of their own happiness and can transfer that happiness and optimism to students."