Student Voice: Turn Up the Volume 6-12 Activity BooK

  • Title:Student Voice: Turn Up the Volume 6-12 Activity BooK
  • Author:Russell Quaglia, Michael Corso, Julie Hellerstein
  • Publication Date:May 2015
  • Grade Level:6-12
  • ISBN:9781483382746
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

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!

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Author Bio

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. In addition to founding and leading the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations, Dr. Quaglia also founded and currently chairs the Aspirations Academies Trust, a sponsor of primary and secondary academies in England built upon his aspirations research. Most recently he has founded the Teacher Voice and Aspirations International Center, dedicated to amplifying the voice of teachers in order for them to realize their aspirations and reach their fullest potential. Dr. Quaglia earned his bachelor's degree at Assumption College, a masters degree in economics from Boston College, and master of education and doctorate degrees from Columbia University, specializing in the area of organizational theory and behavior. He has been awarded numerous honorary doctorates in humanitarian services for his dedication to students. Dr. Quaglia's work has also led him to serve on several national and international committees, reflecting his passion for ensuring that students' and teacehers’ voices are always heard, honored, and acted upon.

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). While he is still connected to QISA as a special consultant, he has decided to return full-time to the high school classroom. While many in education move from practice to theory or policy, Mickey has chosen to move from consulting back to the classroom. This blog is a weekly window into his journey of trying to practice himself what he has preached to others for over two decades as a researcher and PD provider.

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 pilot program studying the utilization of the iPad in the classroom and presented with a team at the 2013 Ohio Educational Technology Conference. Outside the classroom, she was the advisor for the Diversity Club, a coordinator for a school Unity program, and served as the chairperson of the Aspirations Committee at Northmont High School. Julie graduated from the University of Dayton in 2010 and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Educational Leadership.

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