Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston is excited to announce it has been awarded a $2.5 million dollar Stepping Up Technology Implementation Grant from the US Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. The project will fund the development of Future Quest Island - Explorations: Advancing College and Career Awareness for Elementary Students with and without Disability. Project staff from the ICI (Debra Hart, PI; Meg Grigal, Co-PI; and Lori Cooney, Project Coordinator) will work with partners at FableVision Studios and Education Development Center, Inc. to develop, implement, and evaluate Future Quest Island-Explorations (FQI-E).
This online curriculum will use an evidenced-based “Possible Selves” framework to support improved self-concept, and social and emotional competence and early college and career awareness for elementary students with and without disabilities. FQI-E will be universally designed and responsive to the diverse learning needs of students with a wide arrange of disabilities and will include key accessibility features (i.e., text-to-speech, graphic organizers, image response) embedded throughout the website to meet needs of learners. The FQI-E curriculum and digital teaching toolkit will better prepare elementary students for subsequent self-discovery, and career and college exploration activities.
FQI-E will be expanding on the current Future Quest Island program which promotes college and career readiness, self-determination and social-emotional skills for middle school students with and without disabilities in high-needs districts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.