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Student Voice
The Instrument of Change



© 2014 | 216 pages | Corwin

Meaningful school reform starts with your most powerful partner—your students!

Students have plenty of opinions when it comes to school, and they’re not all about free ice cream in the cafeteria. When you take time to listen, you’ll find that students’ aspirations can drive your school toward exciting new goals. And when students know they’re being heard, they develop self-worth, engage meaningfully in their own academic success, and become purposeful in their educations.

This groundbreaking book presents a blueprint for enacting a successful partnership between educators and students. You’ll discover how to

  • Ask the right questions—and understand how to build from the answers you get
  • Engage students in decision-making and improvement-related processes
  • Implement the Aspirations Framework to guide students toward achieving their full potential

Filled with examples drawn from student surveys, focus groups, field observations, and interviews, this unique resource prepares you to lead with the sure knowledge that your students can and will want to join you.

“This book speaks to a movement that many people talk about but few act upon, Student Voice. Quaglia and Corso have lived their professional careers listening to students and acting on what they have heard. Now they share what it takes for education to truly become student-centered.”
—Raymond J. McNulty, Dean of the School of Education
Southern New Hampshire University


“Words cannot accurately capture my impression. It is simply the best education book I've ever read. I'm blown away by the quality, humility, simplicity and complexity, and call to action.”
—Robert Neu, Superintendent
Oklahoma City Public Schools


 
Preface
 
Introduction: It's Time to Listen
 
I. Listening
 
1. Student Aspirations
Dreaming and Doing  
The Aspirations Profile  
 
2. The Aspirations Framework
 
Guiding Principles
 
Conditions in Schools
 
Learning to Listen
 
II. Learning
 
3. Reality is Not the Enemy
Listening to Learn  
Ignorance of Reality is the Enemy  
Listening Broadly  
 
4. Students Speak About Self-Worth
Condition 1: Belonging  
Condition 2: Heroes  
Condition 3: Sense of Accomplishment  
 
5. Students Speak About Engagement
Condition 4: Fun & Excitement  
Condition 5: Curiosity & Creativity  
Condition 6: Spirit of Adventure  
 
6. Students Speak About Purpose
Condition 7: Leadership & Responsibility  
Condition 8: Confidence to Take Action  
 
III. Leading
 
7. Students as Co-Leaders
The Current Cacophony  
 
8. The Context of Leadership
Aspirations and the Whole Child  
Aspirations and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs  
Aspirations as Curriculum  
Aspirations in the 21st Century  
 
9. From Student Voice to Our Choice

"Student voice is an often missed element of promoting a positive school climate, where students take ownership of their learning experience. This books sheds light on the importance of this topic and provides practical advice on how to let student voice take a central role in promoting learning at school."

Pablo Zoido, Analyst
Programme for International Student Assessment, Paris, France

"This book speaks to a movement that many people talk about but few act upon, Student Voice. Russell Quaglia and Michael Corso have lived their professional careers listening to students and acting on what they have heard. Now they share what it takes for education to truly become student-centered."

Raymond J. McNulty, Dean of the School of Education
Southern New Hampshire University

"I just finished reading Student Voice. Words cannot accurately capture my impression. It is simply the best education book I've ever read. I'm blown away by the quality, humility, simplicity and complexity, and call to action."

Robert Neu, Superintendent
Oklahoma City Public Schools

"Schools have long told students to have goals and aspirations. But when it comes down to it, test scores and Adequate Yearly Progress stand in the paths of schools and students. This book lays out clearly that what students desire and what states require do not have to be mutually exclusive. I can’t wait to share Student Voice with my colleagues."

Lisa Brewster-Cook, English Teacher
Somerville High School, Somerville, MA

"Students routinely achieving their full potential, high performing schools becoming the new normal – Student Voice makes the compelling case that we can’t get there from here without fundamentally changing the culture of schools to listen and act on what students say about their schools, their lives, and their aspirations. Refreshingly straightforward, this book provides a unique mix of profound truths and practical guidance for transforming education."

Anthony Jackson, Vice President for Education
Asia Society, New York, NY
Key features

Part 1: Listening we present the Aspirations Framework that has emerged from listening to students.

In order to truly teach our students, we must be willing learn from them. Only they can tell us where they would like their journey to take them beyond school, and that is essential information if we are to do the important work of successfully inspiring and equipping them for what lies ahead. By inviting and encouraging their voices, and being open to what they have to say, educators create a community of collaborative learners.

 

In Part 2: Learning we share what we have come to understand about the principles and conditions that support students' aspirations, based on what students have told us about their experiences in school.

 


In Part 3: Leading,
we discuss how, given the present circumstances in education, we can move forward in partnership with students. Whatever the past (Open Class Room, Back to Basics, Ed Reform, etc.) or future (twenty-first century skills, online learning, flipped classrooms, blended instruction, etc.), we know we will not get there in our father's Oldsmobile! We need a hybrid, one that keeps the best of what has fueled effective education until now and combines it with the energy and enthusiasm of our students' hopes and dreams.


Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Introduction

2016 School Voice Report


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