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Posted on: February 10th 2016

Quaglia Update

Update from Dr. Quaglia and the work of the Quaglia Dr russellInstitute (@DrRussQ):


It has been an extremely busy first half of the academic year.  The Aspirations Academy Trust is building relationship with schools in countries like United Arab Emirate, Sweden, and of course the United States. 

The Quaglia Institute is currently involved in a major research study entitled Age 3 to Grade 3 with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).   The study is designed to examine the conditions in school that impact student voice and aspirations at very early ages.  The initial report will be out in the Spring. 

This winter I had the honor to do the opening keynote at the Annual SSAT Conference in Manchester.  The keynote addressed closing the Achievement Gap through Self-Worth, Engagement, and Purpose.  The following day, Dr. Lisa Lande, (Aspirations Academy Trust board member) presented her work on Teacher Voice and the implications that has on student success. 

The student voice and aspirations work continues to grow and has most recently been introduced into the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  It is the second largest school district in North America with over 100,000 employees and serving close to 700,000 students.  It is a multi-year project and I am excited about building partnerships between our schools in England and the schools in LAUSD. 

The book, Student Voice: The Instrument of Change coauthored with Dr. Mickey Corso (Aspirations Academy Trust board member), has become a best-seller and being translated in multiple languages. 

Finally, I am incredibly proud to share that our primary principals have been invited to present in Washington, DC this July at the Annual National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference.  It is a very prestigious conference and one that will expose the wonderful work of the Aspirations Academies Trust to an even broader audience.