ERIC Number: ED430764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Interview Evaluation of Leadership To Unify School Improvement Efforts (LUSIE).
The Leadership to Unify School Improvement Efforts (LUSIE) project worked with school leadership teams from 11 schools in 3 West Virginia county districts to create school plans for improvement. The school leadership teams, a total of 66 people representing a cross-section of each school community, accomplished this at four retreats held in Charleston, West Virginia, in 1996 and 1997. At the fourth retreat, LUSIE participants wrote a guide for other West Virginia schools involved in creating state-required Unified School Improvement Plans. Telephone interviews conducted with 23 participants found that most participants seemed pleased with LUSIE and their resultant school plans, although some expressed skepticism concerning implementation of the plans. Many noted their appreciation of the opportunity to communicate with other educators and people concerned about education. Several respondents said they had developed new competence in communicating and organizing change. The three students interviewed felt the proceedings were irrelevant or ineffective. The evaluation resulted in the following recommendations: integrate students more fully into LUSIE activities; initiate follow-up activities to support schools in the implementation of their plans; and address the concerns of those who noted a disjuncture between theoretical considerations and the practical applications of the work accomplished. Two appendices present the interview protocol and the evaluation standards checklist. (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.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia