ERIC Number: ED430772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Quest Elementary 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 an elementary school network rally and a Quest Scholars meeting held in February 1999 in Lexington, Kentucky. Teams of students, teachers, parents, and administrators from each of six elementary schools attended the rally, for a total of 28 participants, and 5 Quest Scholars attended their meeting. Rally activities included a demonstration of the California Protocol, an interactive process to engage the entire school in the school improvement process; a session on brain-based learning; and alignment of teams' school improvement plans with Quest support activities. 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; connecting with colleagues and commitment to the Quest learning community were achieved best. Appendices include the Quest brochure and framework for continuous improvement, feedback forms, information on the Protocol process, and the evaluation standards checklist. Contains 19 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.