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Listening, Learning, and Leading Together

For nearly four decades, Russ Quaglia has been laying the groundwork to inform, reform, and transform schools through student voice. That deep commitment is reflected in this inspirational book.

Quaglia and his coauthors at the Quaglia Institute for School Voice & Aspirations deftly synthesize the thoughts and feelings of hundreds of thousands of stakeholders and offer a vision for schools where everyone’s voice matters. They posit that students, teachers, administrators, and parents must work and learn together in ways that promote deep understanding and creativity.

Making this collaborative effort successful, however, requires widespread recognition that all stakeholders have something to teach, and they all have a role to play in moving the entire school forward.

We must abandon the “us versus them” fallacy in education; there is only “us.” To that end,¬†The Power of Voice in Schools¬†offers a way forward that can be used in any school and

  • Addresses the importance of everyone’s voice in the school community.
  • Articulates the lessons learned from listening to these voices over the past decade.
  • Suggests concrete, practical strategies for combined teams of students, teachers, parents, and administrators to make a difference¬†together.

This book reflects the dream of a true partnership in listening, learning, and leading together. When the potential of voice is fully realized, schools will look and feel different. Cooperation will replace competition and conflict, collaboration will replace isolation, and confidence will replace insecurity. Most important, the entire school community will work in partnership with one another for the well-being of students and teachers.