Virginia Beach City Public Schools, Virginia

Operation GRIT, 2015-2020

SEG evaluated this project that provided social emotional support activities for students and opportunities for STEM integration in instruction. SEG is responsible for assessing project fidelity, conducting formative evaluation to support continuous program improvement, and evaluating project outcomes. Data collection methods include interviews with project staff and teachers, staff implementation logs, feedback forms, and student pre/post assessments. Project funding was provided by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). 

Strategic Foreign Languages Expansion Program, 2014-2016

The primary objective of this initiative was to expand the success of the school district's STARTALK Elementary Summer Chinese Program into a completely articulated Mandarin Chinese language program. SEG conducted an evaluation study that assessed the school district's fidelity of implementation, collected formative data to support continuous program improvement, and determined the degree to which the project met its objectives. Data collection methods included interviews with school administrators, classroom observations, and analysis of Teacher Effectiveness for Language Learning (TELL) assessment data. Funding for this project was provided by the Department of Defense.

Operation PRIDE, 2013-2017

This project sought to improve the social emotional well-being and mathematics achievement of military-connected students. Strategies included teacher professional development, peer support clubs, and AVID elementary. The comprehensive evaluation design includes professional development observations and participant feedback, lesson plan reviews using a standardized rubric, an annual survey, and stakeholder focus groups with administrators, teachers, parents, students, and school liaison officers (SLOs). Summative outcomes were measured using the VBCPS climate survey and standardized state assessments (VA SOL). Each year, three semester reports were provided to project leadership, and an annual report prepared and submitted to the funder. Project funding was provided by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

Operation MCASP, 2012-2016

The project sought to improve the social emotional well-being and mathematics achievement of military-connected students through teacher professional development, peer support clubs, and the recruitment of two military support counselors. The evaluation design includes professional development observations and participant feedback,  an annual survey, and stakeholder focus groups with administrators, teachers, parents, students. Summative outcomes were measured using the district climate survey, the CWRA+ assessment, and standardized state assessments. Each year, three semester reports are provided to project leadership, and an annual report prepared and submitted to the funder. Project funding was provided by the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).  

Strategic Planning Support, 2014

SEG was contracted by the school district's Research and Accountability Office to facilitate 19 focus group discussions with internal and external stakeholders to collect feedback on the district's new strategic framework. SEG audio-recorded and transcribed each focus group discussion; analyzed the transcripts using qualitative analytic methods; prepared brief summaries of each discussion that documented the major themes; and produced a cross-group analytical report that responded to the original protocol questions, identifying major cross-group themes and sub-themes evident within stakeholder groups (e.g., recent graduates).