ERIC Number: ED430762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Quest Elementary and High School Rally, November 1998.
As part of its contract to develop a framework for continuous school improvement in its four-state region (Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia), Appalachia Educational Laboratory staff designed the Quest project. Based upon principles of inquiry, collaboration, and action research, Quest supports and investigates ongoing school improvement efforts through rallies, summer symposia, a Scholars program, visits to participating schools, communication via listserv and mailings, and the creation of a Quest network of schools. This report describes and assesses a combined elementary and high school networks rally, held on November 2-3, 1998, near Daniels, West Virginia. Forty parents, students, teachers, and administrators from 10 elementary, high, and K-12 schools in Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky participated. Evaluation data were generated by evaluator participant observation, unstructured interviews, two feedback forms, and pre-rally and follow-up questionnaires. Data indicate that the rally's six goals--connect with colleagues, create a learning community, connect with concepts related to continuous school improvement, create personal and shared meaning, commit to continue learning with this community, and commit to continue this Quest back home--were met very well. Participants reported that the goal of committing to continue Quest-related efforts at their schools had been best achieved, and many communicated a variety of plans they intended to undertake. Attendees also found the strategies modeled by Quest staff for data collection and needs assessment and the review of the Quest framework for continuous improvement quite useful. Appendices present the pre-rally questionnaire, feedback forms, and the evaluation standards checklist. Contains 17 references. (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.