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Aspire High
Imagining Tomorrow's School Today

  • Russell J. Quaglia - Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, President & Founder
  • Michael J. Corso - Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, Chief Academic Officer
  • Kristine Fox - Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, Senior Field Specialist
  • Gavin Dykes - Education World Forum

Foreword by Deb DeLisle



October 2016 | 232 pages | Corwin

The ideal school is closer than you think.

Welcome to 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.          

In this book, you’ll discover what makes Aspire High’s culture of aspiration work. Whether you’re a policymaker or district leader who can build a school from the ground up or an educator aiming for incremental change, you’ll find your next steps, including:

  • A whole new way to work with all stakeholders                         
  • Research and action for best practices, from physical layout to curriculum
  • Principles for designing practices that encourage student aspirations
  • Messages from thought leaders inside and outside the field of education

Aspirational culture is good for the whole school community—and beyond. Make your school a dynamic place that promotes aspirations and meaningful learning for all.

 
 
Foreword
 
Preface
The Journey  
 
Acknowledgements
Publisher’s Acknowledgements  
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Imagining Tomorrow’s School Today
Time for a Revolution  
The Mission and Plan of Aspire High  
The Challenge  
Students as Key Stakeholders in the Conversation  
Now Is the Time  
 
Chapter 1: Students as Teachers
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD  
 
Chapter 2: Teachers as Learners
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD  
 
Chapter 3: A Dynamic Role for School Leadership
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD  
 
Chapter 4: Involving Parents in Meaningful and Productive Ways
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD  
 
Chapter 5: Policies That Advance the Mission
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD  
 
Chapter 6: A Pedagogy With Purpose
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD  
 
Chapter 7: Technology as the Amplifier of Learning
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD  
 
Chapter 8: Beyond Bricks and Mortar
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD  
 
Chapter 9: The Challenges and Rewards of Being Bold!
LISTEN  
LEARN  
LEAD!  
 
References
 
Index

"My passion and belief is that all schools CAN be places that effectively meet the needs of ALL students; allowing them to thrive and reach their fullest potential has been revived!  Quaglia and his colleagues paint a picture of the school that every teacher wants to teach in, and that every parent wants their children to learn in.  This beautifully articulated narrative infused with powerful data and realistic strategies has inspired me to sprint towards the Aspire High vision for schools.  Without doubt, readers will be challenged to measure their own choices and actions against the author’s quest for “amazingness” and the dream for all schools to Aspire High!"

Dr. Lisa Lande, Executive Director
Teacher Voice & Aspirations International Center

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Russell Joseph Quaglia

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... More About Author

Michael J. Corso

Michael J. Corso, Ph.D., former high school teacher turned adjunct professor of education and administrator, has been the Chief Academic Officer for the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) for 15 years. In that role he provided professional development and training in Aspirations and Student Voice theories and frameworks to thousands of educators and students in hundreds of schools. Out of those experiences he co-authored numerous books and articles on the subject of School Voice, including Student Voice: The Instrument of Change (Corwin 2014) and Aspire High: Imagining Tomorrow's School Today (Corwin 2016).... More About Author

Kristine Fox Quaglia

Dr. Kristine Fox is a Senior Field Specialist/Research Associate for the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations. Dr. Fox received her doctorate from The University of Maine in Educational Leader, Ed.M from Harvard University and B.A. from The University of Michigan. She co-authored with Dr. Quaglia 8 Conditions that Make a Difference and has been published Educational Leadership, American School Board Journal, ASCD Express and Principal Magazine. For over a decade she has worked diligently with students, teachers, and administrators to incorporate student voice as a fundamental necessity in school improvement efforts.... More About Author

Gavin A. Dykes

Gavin Dykes began working life as a civil engineer before changing his focus and moving to teach in colleges and universities, then working to develop education with governments, international agencies and commercial companies. From the early stages he focused on innovation in policy and practice and the development of the use of technology to support learning, and the parts that students and teachers can play in co-designing their work. He gained his international experience and reputation through working with education’s stakeholders from students and teachers to ministers and policy makers. Gavin now holds a range of long term... More About Author

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