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How are student voice and student aspirations connected?

Student Voice

“When we start to connect [students’] efforts in school to their dreams, they excel and they achieve that academic, personal, and social success that we want all our students to have.”

—Michael J. Corso


To learn more about how students’ aspirations can drive school reform and improve achievement, refer to Student Voice: The Instrument of Change (Corwin 2014). Learn more about the work of Dr. Russell J. Quaglia and Dr. Michael J. Corso at the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations homepage.

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Dr. Russell J. Quaglia is a globally recognized pioneer in the field of education, known for his unwavering dedication to student voice and aspirations. Dr. Quaglia has been described by news media as America’s foremost authority on the development and achievement of student voice and aspirations. His innovative work is evidenced by an extensive library of research-based publications, prominent international speaking appearances, and a successfully growing list of aspirations ventures.

Among these ventures, Dr. Quaglia authored the School Voice suite of surveys, including Student Voice, Teacher Voice, Parent Voice, and iKnow My Class. His recent book, Student Voice: The Instrument of Change published by Corwin is already receiving international acclaim.

In addition to founding and leading the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, Dr. Quaglia also founded and currently chairs the Aspirations Academies Trust, a sponsor of primary and secondary academies in England built upon his aspirations research. Most recently he has founded the Teacher Voice and Aspirations International Center, dedicated to amplifying the voice of teachers in order for them to realize their aspirations and reach their fullest potential.

Dr. Quaglia earned his bachelor’s degree at Assumption College, a masters degree in economics from Boston College, and master of education and doctorate degrees from Columbia University, specializing in the area of organizational theory and behavior. He has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates in humanitarian services for his dedication to students. Dr. Quaglia’s work has also led him to serve on several national and international committees, reflecting his passion for ensuring that students’ and teacehers’ voices are always heard, honored, and acted upon.

Dr. Michael Corso is the Chief Academic Officer for the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations. He has a doctorate in Education from Boston College, has been an educator for over thirty years, and has taught at every grade level kindergarten through graduate school. He is deeply committed to the belief that students are the agents of their own learning. This passion makes him a natural fit for work in the area of student aspirations. Dr. Corso has worked throughout his career to improve teaching and learning through teacher training and education. In his role at QISA, Dr. Corso combines research on student perceptions of their schools with educational theory and the living, breathing practice of students, teachers and administrators.

Russ and Michael are the authors of Student Voice: The Instrument of Change and Aspire High: Imagining Tomorrow’s Schools Today.

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