QuEST provides partner schools and districts professional development at no cost for a period of three years. In 2014-2015 we work with 3rd grade teachers, followed by 4th grade teachers in 2015-2016 and 5th grade teachers in 2016-2017. *At this time, we do not plan to offer workshops in 2017-2018.
In conjunction with our research on the efficacy of our program design, partner schools are randomly assigned to one of three groups.
Workshop Group #1 attends a two-week summer institute and 4 academic year follow-up sessions.
Workshop Group #2 also attends a two-week summer institute and 4 academic year follow-up sessions.
Comparison Group teachers do not participate in the above activities, but are provided a 2-day workshop at the end of the period during which they serve as a comparison group.
All teachers receive a stipend and materials/equipment for use in their classrooms. Housing, meals, and mileage are provided to attend workshops and follow-up sessions at MU.