ERIC Number: ED438128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Evaluation of Quest Scholars Colloquium, July 1999.
Based upon principles of inquiry, collaboration, and action research, the Quest project supports and investigates ongoing school improvement efforts in a four-state region (Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia). Since 1996, Quest activities have included biannual conferences and summer symposia for school improvement teams, a Scholars program, visits to participating schools, communication via listserv and mailings, and creation of a network of Quest schools. This report describes and assesses the second Scholars colloquium, held in July 1999 at Mountain Lake Resort, Virginia. The colloquium's primary purpose was for Quest staff and Scholars to collaborate in evaluating and writing about the project, ultimately contributing pieces to a book about the Quest network. The 12 Scholars in attendance included 6 principals, 3 teachers, 2 parents, and 1 speech pathologist. Activities during the 4 days of the colloquium are described in detail. These activities were intended to "prime the pump" of creativity and facilitate the collaborative writing process. The colloquium was evaluated in terms of the six Quest goals: connecting with colleagues, creating a learning community, connecting with concepts related to continuous school improvement, creating personal and shared meaning, and committing to continue learning with the Quest community and back home. All goals were achieved quite well. Appendices include the Quest framework of continuous improvement and evaluation forms. (Contains 20 references.) (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: AEL, Inc., Charleston, WV.