ERIC Number: ED430763
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Quest High School Rally, February 1999.
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 high school network rally, held on February 15-16, 1999, and a Quest Scholars meeting held on February 14, 1999, in Roanoke, Virginia. Teams consisting of students, teachers, parents, and administrators from six high schools attended, for a total of 36 participants. At the Scholars' meeting, five participants and Quest staff planned a summer symposium and discussed how schools might collect data to document their Quest journey. Rally evaluation data were generated by evaluator participant observation, unstructured interviews, and three feedback forms. 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. The goal concerning connecting with colleagues was best met; the two goals concerning the creation of and commitment to the Quest learning community were the least well achieved, perhaps because of the high number of attendees new to Quest events. Participants also rated specific sessions or activities concerning the California Protocol process, brain-based learning, student voice and involvement, and review of school improvement plans. Appendices present feedback forms and the evaluation standards checklist. Contains 18 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.