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Future Quest Island: Promoting College and Career Readiness for All Middle School Students

Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston was awarded a Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities Stepping Up grant from US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The grant funding period is December 1, 2012 through November 30, 2017.

Future Quest is designed around national and state college and career readiness standards to assist all middle school students to prepare for high school and postsecondary education and employment after high school. Future Quest provides online activities that promote student self-discovery, self-advocacy, self-exploration, organization, and technology literacy skills. Project personnel from the Institute for Community Inclusion are working closely with middle school teachers, students, administrators and families in Massachussetts to embed these college and career readiness skills into the middle school curriculum. 

The Future Quest (FQ) website is universally designed and therefore accessible to a wide range of users with and without disabilities and will feature standards-based lesson plans highlighting specific college and career objectives and outcomes. Project personnel also partner with middle school teachers to create a ‘Teacher Toolkit’ to implement Future Quest effectively in middle school classrooms using college and career readiness and common core standards.


Key Project Staff:

Lori Cooney, Project Coordinator

Debra Hart, Principal Investigator 

Meg Grigal, Co-Principal Investigator 

Future Quest Island - www.futurequestisland.org - This site is currently being piloted and should be available for dissemination in 2017. 

Funding

Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston was awarded a Technology and Media Services for Individuals with Disabilities Stepping Up grant from US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The grant-funding period is December 1, 2012 through November 30, 2017.

About Future Quest

Future Quest, is designed around national and state college and career readiness standards to assist all middle school students to prepare for high school and postsecondary education and employment after high school. Future Quest provides online activities that promote student self-discovery, self-advocacy, self-exploration, organization and technology literacy skills. Project personnel from the Institute for Community Inclusion are working closely with middle school teachers, students, administrators, and families to embed these college and career readiness skills into the middle school curriculum.


The Future Quest (FQ) website is universally designed and accessible to a wide range of users with and without disabilities that will features standards-based lesson plans highlighting specific college and career objectives and outcomes. Project personnel have partnered with middle school teachers to create a ‘Teacher Toolkit’ to implement Future Quest effectively in all middle school classrooms using college and career readiness & common core standards.

 

Student Outcomes

  • Recognize and identify academic strengths and desires
  • Explore and prioritize college and career options
  • Develop increased social skills
  • Access digital educational resources
  • Collect and organize digital materials to construct an electronic portfolio (ePortfolio), including an ILP and/or IEP 

Teacher Activities

  • Pre/post assessment of technology readiness
  • Teacher focus groups
  • Develop rubrics
  • Partner with FQI staff to develop the Teacher Toolkit 
  • Integrate FQI into middle school curriculum
  • Assist students in building an e-portfolio including elements for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Meet face-to-face with a ‘Coach’ every other week to review successes and challenges with implementation (e.g. utility, function, format, ease of use of tool)
  • Meet monthly with learning community members (e.g. special education and general education teachers, instructional technology specialist)
  • Participate regularly using the Teaching Toolkit on Weebly - including note-taking, discussions, etc.
  • Communicate via email, phone and blogs/wiki’s/forums
  • Participate in professional development and receive Professional Development Points (PDPs) for MA education licensure renewal