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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



© 2017 | 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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ISBN: 9781506311371

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