ERIC Number: ED396846
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Maupin MegaSkills School-Wide Program. Final Evaluation Report [and] Executive Summary.
This report presents the final evaluation of the MegaSkills School Program pilot adoption at Maupin Elementary School in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1994-95. The MegaSkills programs are designed to help students develop skills and attitudes related to school success, confidence, motivation, effort, responsibility, initiative, caring, teamwork, common sense, and problem solving. Included are parent workshops, a classroom curriculum, and parent-school linkage materials. Maupin School is a inner city elementary magnet school with 80 percent of school enrollment qualifying for free/reduced lunch. A MegaSkills School Committee was responsible for planning and coordinating all program activities. Sources of evaluation data included on-going observations and meetings with the MegaSkills committee and the evaluator; year-end focus group questions for the committee; year-end surveys of professional staff, parent workshop leaders and support staff; pre- and post-program surveys of about 50 percent of students and a convenience sample of parents; and internal records and documents. The key findings of the evaluation included the following: (1) there were consistent positive changes in student attitudes and behavior, reflected in teachers' ratings, parents' reports, and students' self reports; (2) the program had school-wide positive effects on school climate, student behavioral expectations, parent involvement, and the development of a common language about student behaviors for school/home communication; and (3) workshop leaders and parents reported enhanced parental understanding of what children do at school, increased parental confidence, and willingness and ability to discuss their own children with teachers. (A fact sheet on the MegaSkills Education Center and the Executive Summary are appended.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. School of Education.; Home and School Inst., Washington, DC.