ERIC Number: ED421502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of the I Have a Dream Project.
"I Have a Dream" (IHAD) is a program designed to enhance the educational opportunities of disadvantaged youth by providing them with sustained care, personal support, and guidance to ensure that they graduate and have the opportunity to pursue postsecondary education. The IHAD project in Dade County (Florida) is based in an elementary school, where the participants, approximately 100 "Dreamers," were in the fourth grade in 1996-97. At the request of the IHAD sponsors, a local family, an evaluation of the IHAD was undertaken, primarily to provide baseline data. The evaluation focused on project activities, the Dreamers' academic performance, attendance, self-esteem, and parent involvement. Perceptions and experiences of Dreamers, their parents, teachers, and the principals were sought. The Dade County IHAD was implemented in accordance with the IHAD program model, and it provided a number of activities for Dreamers and their families, including tutoring and enrichment activities. Dreamers and their parents were aware of the project, and interacted with the project staff. Assessment indicated that Dreamers' self-esteem improved, although there were no documented improvements in attendance or academic achievement. Parent participation in school activities increased for Dreamers' families. Recommendations are made for program improvement. Five appendixes contain project documents, the parent, student, and the teacher surveys, and the action plan to address evaluation findings. (Contains three figures and six references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Dade County Public Schools, Miami, FL.