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"This is a must read for every educator, stakeholder, and politician. With so much focus on school reform, teachers are usually not even in the same room when decisions are made. This book reminds everyone that if you want to reform education, you need the teacher’s voice to do it correctly!"
"The missing link for most quality education models has been the absence of an essential keystone – the voice of those closest to the frontline. Teacher Voice: Amplifying Success by Russell Qualia and Lisa Lande supports the work of teachers and gives them specific steps for increasing their power and their influence towards improving education. It provides a blueprint for restoring collaboration, trust, and positive action among teachers.
"Teacher Voice speaks to every teacher that has ever felt undervalued, silenced or unmotivated because they felt their voices were not heard or did not matter.
"It is not how much you talk, is how you talk. Quaglia does it again and shows the 'how,' the importance of actively listening to teacher talk, how to value your voice, and how to converse, create and contribute."
"Russ Quaglia, more than anyone, has taught us about the importance of student voice. Now, in this extremely important book, he turns his attention to teacher voice. To create the schools our children need, we need to hear from everyone in our schools, not just a few. Quaglia and Lande tell us why teacher voice is important, explain how teachers can find their voice, and describe what leaders can do to hear what teachers have to say."
“There is no successful profession that doesn’t own its professional practice and that doesn’t carefully listen to its practitioners. And yet, in teaching that still seems rather the exception than the norm. Sure, teachers can share their opinions in the hallways, in staff meetings or through social media, but school systems don’t have the eyes and ears to listen to this voice.
"Research tells us that teachers with a low level of self-efficacy do not think they have an impact on the students in their room. Can you imagine that? Entering into classrooms each day believing that their teaching doesn’t matter? The good news is that this is not fixed, and those teachers can be inspired to think differently, which is why Teacher Voice: Amplifying Success is so vitally important.
"Quaglia and Lande have produced a treasure trove of new and high leverage ideas. Teacher Voice contains two powerful messages. One is that teacher voice contains the seeds of widespread transformation of learning. The other main message, alas, is that teacher voice is vastly under-utilized—and teachers know it! This book is a call and guide to action to leverage a resource that is under our noses. Read it and act."
"Amid the growing focus on student agency and personalized learning, this work uncovers an essential ingredient for the success of new education models. All teachers must become deep collaborators in school decision-making, meaningfully engaging in the leadership conversation, to enable the breakthroughs in student learning we know are possible. Quaglia and Lande provide an accessible, research-based guide on what it takes to develop a culture of teacher leadership.
"In Teacher Voice: Amplifying Success, Quaglia and Lande capture the essence of teacher voice in engagement, motivation and leadership. They have shown how it is a 'yes—and' complement to student voice in a healthy balanced school, district or national education system. Teacher Voice: Amplifying Success provides excellent examples, thoughtful questions and supporting research on which each of us can build our own approach to teacher voice, as well as our underpinning rationale.
"Teaching and fishing? Only a couple very imaginative educators would pair these two topics in a book. But that is just what Russell Quaglia and Lisa Lande have done, and that is just what they are—imaginative, optimistic, and deep-thinking educators. Their triadic epigram—Listen, Learn, Lead—would have saved many a frustrated school administrator who thought they should start with 'lead.' Ultimately, schooling reduces to a student with a textbook in hand, in a classroom with a teacher. Or maybe it is a keyboard and mouse instead of a textbook, but you get the point.
"The overarching metaphor for the book is drawing parallel to the art, the science and the joy of fishing. It may well be a hobby or pastime for many but I can assure you that this book makes teacher voice a calling. Quaglia and Lande have 'landed' a big one indeed. Following on the success of Student Voice, this edition, with a focus on the teacher, baits our hook to such an extent that time, patience, knowledge, preparation, persistence, and satisfaction are indeed the ingredients one should devote to this exciting edition of the 'voice' literature.
"Teacher Voice: Amplifying Success ignites a transformation for teachers by moving them away from the objects of change in our schools, to becoming the agents of change! Quaglia and Lande use years of research to support actions that are focused on improving self-worth, engagement and purpose for all teachers."
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