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Student Voice
Turn Up the Volume 6-12 Activity Book

  • Russell J. Quaglia - Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, President & Founder
  • Michael J. Corso - Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, Chief Academic Officer
  • Julie Hellerstein - Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, Director of Student Support

May 2015 | 160 pages | Corwin

Promote student self worth and engagement with these one-of-a-kind activities!

Help your students reach their fullest potential. Create unique learning experiences adaptable to their needs and aspirations with this extraordinary activity book from internationally acclaimed experts Dr. Russell Quaglia, Michael Corso and Julie Hellerstein. A companion piece to Quaglia’s K-8 guide, the authors implement 3 Guiding Principles and 8 Behaviors and Conditions that profoundly affect student success in grades 6 - 12. 

You’ll discover student-centric ideas and activities that powerfully engage 6th-12th grade students in important content areas. Timesaving and easy-to-implement activities help you to:

  • Promote student self expression, values, hopes and dreams
  • Foster student engagement, sense of purpose and self worth
  • Provide a creative and challenging learning environment for all ability levels
  • Align activities with Common Core and ISTE Standards (NETS) and 21st Century Skills 
  • Promote student leadership and responsibility
  • Capitalize on technology and promote interdisciplinary connections 

Includes a handy correlation chart and group discussions, personal reflections, and extended learning opportunities for each stand-alone lesson. An inspiring resource for any educator, use these fun, extensively researched activities to help your students reach their full potential!

The authors have once again designed an extraordinary roadmap for teachers to use in guiding students to find their true voice.  A research-based roadmap yes, but more importantly, a map teachers can use to guide students to find their voice through their experiences. The wonderful activities herein are inspiring, engaging and interactive and ultimately lead students to discover their own unique voice and aspirations!”

Rich McBride, Ed.D., Superintendent
2014 AESA National President

Preface: No Ordinary Activity Book
About the Authors
Chapter 1: Belonging
Grades 9–12 Belonging Activities

Grades 6–8 Belonging Activities

Chapter 2: Heroes
Grades 9–12 Heroes Activities

Grades 6–8 Heroes Activities

Chapter 3: Sense of Accomplishment
Grades 9–12 Sense of Accomplishment Activities

Grades 6–8 Sense of Accomplishment Activities

Chapter 4: Fun & Excitement
Grades 9–12 Fun & Excitement Activities

Grades 6–8 Fun & Excitement Activities

Chapter 5: Curiosity & Creativity
Grades 9–12 Curiosity & Creativity Activities

Grades 6–8 Curiosity & Creativity Activities

Chapter 6: Spirit of Adventure
Grades 9–12 Spirit of Adventure Activities

Grades 6–8 Spirit of Adventure Activities

Chapter 7: Leadership & Responsibility
Grades 9–12 Leadership & Responsibility Activities

Grades 6–8 Leadership & Responsibility Activities

Chapter 8: Confidence to Take Action
Grades 9–12 Confidence to Take Action Activities

Grades 6–8 Confidence to Take Action Activities

Appendix A: Common Core State Standards, Grades 6–12
Appendix B: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Grades 6–12
Appendix C: ISTE Standards, Grades 6–12

“This activity book is a teacher’s dream!  It is more than clear that the authors actually talked to teachers in the creation of this resource which has it all: data driven content, group discussions, engaging student activities, personal reflection and extension opportunities, connections to technology, AND designed for flexible use to meet the needs of individual teachers.  Incredible, and a MUST HAVE for every secondary teacher!”   

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

“Drs. Quaglia and Corso have once again designed an extraordinary roadmap for teachers to use in guiding students to find their true voice.  A research-based roadmap yes, but more importantly, a map teachers can use to guide students to find their voice through their experiences. The wonderful activities herein are inspiring, engaging and interactive and ultimately lead students to discover their own unique voice and aspirations!”


Rich McBride, President and Executive Director

“Partner the Student Voice: Turn Up the Volume K-8 and 6-12 Activity Books with Student Voice: The Instrument of Change, and the secret to turning schools and classrooms into vibrant communities of engaged learners is revealed. Quaglia, Corso, and Hellerstein have masterfully woven together a practical and relevant fabric of activities—NO EXPERIENCES—teachers can immediately use or adapt that reinforces for students the importance of relationships, active and engaging teaching and learning, and exercising a sense of responsibility over one’s own goals. Thanks to these authors we now have a compendium of strategies designed to give students a meaningful voice in the educational process.”

Dr. Raymond L. Smith, Author of Improvement for the Next Generation and Evaluating Instructional Leadership

“Two of the few books on education in the last several decades that have a touch of genius, Student Voice: Turn Up the Volume K-8 and 6-12 Activity Books give teachers at all levels strategies that help them build and nurture relationships with their students and make learning more engaging and relevant to students’ lives, resulting in higher levels of student achievement. Quaglia, Corso, and Hellerstein provide proven strategies and impart skills, which are connected to Common Core Standards, 21st Century, and International Society for Technology requirements that can be practically and immediately applied to positively impact every student, teacher, and school leader in America.”

Dr. Julie R. Smith, Author of Evaluating Instructional Leadership: Recognized Practices for Success

"Teachers are not the only leaders in the classroom. Quaglia, Corso, and Hellerstein emphasize that any person who participates in the process of learning has a voice that should be engaged in schools. This book provides a plethora of opportunities for students to influence learning, take ownership, and develop a sense of worth and belonging in the classroom. Each activity was created and designed to guide students to be determined and goal oriented, while inspiring them to establish and work toward their future goals in school and life. This brilliant book showcases what seemed to be the impossible - A collaborative connection between students’ active engagement and emotional involvement in their schoolwork, while  linked to the Common Core Standards, 21st Century Skills, and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) requirements."

Tiffany Lewis, 1st Grade Teacher
Harding Elementary , Youngstown, OH

"This activity book will captivate your students through meaningful and exciting social building events. It will not be gathering dust in your resource collection. It will be one of the first you grab to develop excitement and the voice of your students. It puts fun in building life skills while meeting the ASCA standards."

Don Acker Sr., School Counselor
Bodine Elementary, Oklahoma City School District, Oklahoma City, OK

"Engaging, insightful, and creative, this activity book provides rich tools through which students and teachers can learn about, practice, and apply the authors’ principles in meaningful ways. Embedded with standards-based best practice strategies and a variety of technology applications, the activities offer an array of deeper learning experiences in a format that can be personalized for any classroom or group of students. Turn Up the Volume ensures a classroom environment in which student voice is valued and student aspirations are the focus."

Beth Havens, Educational Consultant for Special Projects
Horry County Schools, Myrtle Beach, SC

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

Julie A. Hellerstein Smigel

Julie Hellerstein is the Director of Student Services for The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA). She plans and executes “Student Q-Team” workshops to increase student voice and aspirations at QISA’s demonstration site schools. Julie has hosted innovative student leadership conferences in Ohio, Idaho, and South Carolina. Prior to accepting a position at the Quaglia Institute, Julie taught Social Studies at Northmont High School in Clayton, Ohio. She taught World History, American History, and Link Crew, a class in which upper classmen students are trained in helping freshman transition to high school. Julie was part of a... More About Author

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