Principal Voice
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Principal Voice
Listen, Learn, Lead

Impact Leadership Series



© 2016 | 72 pages | Corwin

Develop Your Most Powerful Tool For Influencing And Leading Change

Good principals know that empowering student voices is essential. But what about their own voice? If principal voice is not articulate, trustworthy and strong, how can the school achieve progress?

Student voice authority Russell Quaglia brings his nuanced understanding of communication, listening, and leadership to this definitive guide to principal voice. Content includes:

  • How to apply the Listen-Learn-Lead model for student voice to principal voice. 
  • Contrasting examples of good and bad ways to address students, teachers, parents and community. 
  • Prompts for reflection that enable principals to apply the book’s teachings to their unique situation.  

This series has been developed to bring the best thinking from the leading education change experts in the field. Experts have been asked to reflect upon their collected experience and wisdom to highlight the very best advice they would offer today’ school leaders. This vibrant addition to Corwin’s Impact Leadership series belongs on every forward-thinking educator’s bookshelf alongside other series titles written by well-known authors:

  • Michael Fullan
  • Avis Glaze
  • Andy Hargreaves
  • Viviane Robinson
  • Pasi Sahlberg
  • Yong Zhao

 

“Listen, learn and lead sounds simple, but Quaglia’s wisdom is rich and his authentic voice guides principals through the model. This book should be used as the Voice Model for any principal who wishes to influence their states’ plans for Every Student Succeeds Act. A must read for every principal!”
—Joan E. Auchter, Director of Professional Development
National Association of Secondary School Principals



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"With a perfect blend of wit and wisdom, Russ Quaglia expands upon his compelling research related to student and teacher voice to reveal the value and importance of principal voice in leading and supporting growth schoolwide.  Alternately encouraging and challenging, Quaglia beseeches principals to listen carefully to student and teacher voice in finding and leveraging their own voice to influence policy and practice.  Principal Voice is a must read for principals and anyone who is involved with educating our nation’s children–it provides a blueprint for utilizing 'voice' in leading through collaboration to achieve better results for students."
—Gail Connelly, Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals


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"Dr. Quaglia calls upon principals to prioritize listening as the core strategy toward building authentic engagement among students, staff, parents, and community members, thereby transforming schools into vibrant communities where all voices are heard, valued and empowered. Dr. Quaglia's personal and inspiring words are an uplifting and timely message for all principals: let every voice—including the principal's—be in the lead!"
—Sandra A. Trach, Principal
Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington, MA


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"Russell Quaglia has hit it out of the ballpark with his excellent and inspiring read, Principal Voice: Listen, Learn, Lead. This short but essential book is a must-read for every practicing and/or prospective school leader. The author provides real and relevant advice -- reminding readers to listen to improve the message and thus lead by creating a caring, collaborative, and enthusiastic learning community. Read this book so your voice can be effectively and readily heard as a means of becoming an instrument of critical change!"
—Dr. Richard Sorenson, Professor Emeritus
The University of Texas at El Paso

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1. Principal Voice: Are You Being Heard?
 
2. Principal Voice and Students: Using Your Ears to Improve Your Voice
 
3. Principal Voice and Teachers: Less is More
 
4. Principal Voice and Parents: Be Proactive and Create Partnerships
 
5. Principal Voice and Community: Create Enthusiasm, Understanding, and Collaboration
 
6. Let Your Voice Be Heard!

"Principal voice? Some people think principals have all of the power and too loud of a voice, when the reality is often much different than that. Principals are typically caught between central office initiatives and teacher, parent and student needs. Too often they feel the need to be reactive instead of proactive. In his new book Principal Voice, Russ Quaglia offers important insights based in research and practical tips on how principals can find their own voice, foster the voices of others and be more proactive."

Peter DeWitt, Author and Consultant
Finding Common Ground Blog (Education Week)

"Pragmatic, poignant, and positively student-centered... Principal Voice packs a punch! Quaglia succinctly outlines how to lead with greater impact and influence by incorporating the sage advice of his grandmother along with a plethora of supporting ideas from principals around the world. I dare any principal to try and read this book only one time!"

Brad Gustafson, Elementary Principal and Author of Renegade Leadership

"Dr. Quaglia calls upon principals to prioritize listening as the core strategy toward building authentic engagement among students, staff, parents, and community members, thereby transforming schools into vibrant communities where all voices are heard, valued and empowered. Dr. Quaglia's personal and inspiring words are an uplifting and timely message for all principals: let every voice—including the principal's—be in the lead!"

Sandra A. Trach, Principal
Estabrook Elementary School, Lexington, MA

“It’s exciting to see Russ Quaglia use his work on Student Voice to help principals and other leaders find their voice by being good listeners first. This is an excellent read for all leaders in education.”

Chris Minnich, Executive Director
Council of Chief State School Officers

"Russell Quaglia has hit it out of the ballpark with his excellent and inspiring read, Principal Voice: Listen, Learn, Lead. This short but essential book is a must-read for every practicing and/or prospective school leader. The author provides real and relevant advice -- reminding readers to listen to improve the message and thus lead by creating a caring, collaborative, and enthusiastic learning community. Read this book so your voice can be effectively and readily heard as a means of becoming an instrument of critical change!"

Dr. Richard Sorenson, Professor Emeritus
The University of Texas at El Paso

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

2016 School Voice Report


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