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Preface: No Ordinary Activity Book Acknowledgments About the Authors Chapter 1: Belonging Grades 9-12 Belonging Activities Grades 6-8 Belonging Activities Chapter 2: Heroes Grades 9-12 Heroes Activities Grades 6-8 Heroes Activities Chapter 3: Sense of Accomplishment Grades 9-12 Sense of Accomplishment Activities Grades 6-8 Sense of Accomplishment Activities Chapter 4: Fun & Excitement Grades 9-12 Fun & Excitement Activities Grades 6-8 Fun & Excitement Activities Chapter 5: Curiosity & Creativity Grades 9-12 Curiosity & Creativity Activities Grades 6-8 Curiosity & Creativity Activities Chapter 6: Spirit of Adventure Grades 9-12 Spirit of Adventure Activities Grades 6-8 Spirit of Adventure Activities Chapter 7: Leadership & Responsibility Grades 9-12 Leadership & Responsibility Activities Grades 6-8 Leadership & Responsibility Activities Chapter 8: Confidence to Take Action Grades 9-12 Confidence to Take Action Activities Grades 6-8 Confidence to Take Action Activities Appendix A: Common Core State Standards, Grades 6-12 Appendix B: Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Grades 6-12 Appendix C: ISTE Standards, Grades 6-12 Index

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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. Among these ventures, Dr. Quaglia authored the School Voice suite of surveys, including Student Voice, Teacher Voice, Parent Voice, and iKnow My Class. His recent book, Student Voice: The Instrument of Change published by Corwin is already receiving international acclaim. 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. ? See Russell's Presenter Profile Listen to Russ Quaglia's Interactive EdChat on Student Voice 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.


"This activity book is a teacher's dream! It is more than clear that the authors actually talked to teachers in the creation of this resource which has it all: data driven content, group discussions, engaging student activities, personal reflection and extension opportunities, connections to technology, AND designed for flexible use to meet the needs of individual teachers. Incredible, and a MUST HAVE for every secondary teacher!"

-- Dr. Lisa Kinnaman, Executive Director

"Drs. Quaglia and Corso have once again designed an extraordinary roadmap for teachers to use in guiding students to find their true voice. A research-based roadmap yes, but more importantly, a map teachers can use to guide students to find their voice through their experiences. The wonderful activities herein are inspiring, engaging and interactive and ultimately lead students to discover their own unique voice and aspirations!"

-- Rich McBride, President and Executive Director

"Partner the Student Voice: Turn Up the Volume K-8 and 6-12 Activity Books with Student Voice: The Instrument of Change, and the secret to turning schools and classrooms into vibrant communities of engaged learners is revealed. Quaglia, Corso, and Hellerstein have masterfully woven together a practical and relevant fabric of activities-NO EXPERIENCES-teachers can immediately use or adapt that reinforces for students the importance of relationships, active and engaging teaching and learning, and exercising a sense of responsibility over one's own goals. Thanks to these authors we now have a compendium of strategies designed to give students a meaningful voice in the educational process."

-- Dr. Raymond L. Smith, Author of Improvement for the Next Generation and Evaluating Instructional Leadership

"Two of the few books on education in the last several decades that have a touch of genius, Student Voice: Turn Up the Volume K-8 and 6-12 Activity Books give teachers at all levels strategies that help them build and nurture relationships with their students and make learning more engaging and relevant to students' lives, resulting in higher levels of student achievement. Quaglia, Corso, and Hellerstein provide proven strategies and impart skills, which are connected to Common Core Standards, 21st Century, and International Society for Technology requirements that can be practically and immediately applied to positively impact every student, teacher, and school leader in America."

-- Dr. Julie R. Smith, Author of Evaluating Instructional Leadership: Recognized Practices for Success

"Teachers are not the only leaders in the classroom. Quaglia, Corso, and Hellerstein emphasize that any person who participates in the process of learning has a voice that should be engaged in schools. This book provides a plethora of opportunities for students to influence learning, take ownership, and develop a sense of worth and belonging in the classroom. Each activity was created and designed to guide students to be determined and goal oriented, while inspiring them to establish and work toward their future goals in school and life. This brilliant book showcases what seemed to be the impossible - A collaborative connection between students' active engagement and emotional involvement in their schoolwork, while linked to the Common Core Standards, 21st Century Skills, and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) requirements."

-- Tiffany Lewis, 1st Grade Teacher

"This activity book will captivate your students through meaningful and exciting social building events. It will not be gathering dust in your resource collection. It will be one of the first you grab to develop excitement and the voice of your students. It puts fun in building life skills while meeting the ASCA standards."

-- Don Acker Sr., School Counselor
"Engaging, insightful, and creative, this activity book provides rich tools through which students and teachers can learn about, practice, and apply the authors' principles in meaningful ways. Embedded with standards-based best practice strategies and a variety of technology applications, the activities offer an array of deeper learning experiences in a format that can be personalized for any classroom or group of students. Turn Up the Volume ensures a classroom environment in which student voice is valued and student aspirations are the focus." -- Beth Havens, Educational Consultant for Special Projects

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