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The Think College Transition Model Project

Think College at the Institute on Disability, University of Massachusetts Boston received funding from the US Department of Education, Investing In Innovation Fund in January, 2014 to develop and implement the Think College Transition (TCT) Model, an inclusive dual-enrollment transition model designed to improve achievement and post-school outcomes for youth with intellectual disabilities and autism. This project will operate through December, 2017.

This model offers an innovative approach to transition services for students with intellectual disabilities and autism by providing participation in the inclusive academic and social environments of a college campus with same-aged peers rather than continuing to receive transition services in typical high school environments. Researchers at Education Development Center will conduct the external evaluation of the TCT Model.

Project matching funds have been provided by the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

Press Releases related to the project:

Announcement of Investing in Innovation Fund grant funding 1/9/14

Key Project Staff:

Meg Grigal
Principal Investigator
Meg Grigal
Debra Hart
Co-Principal Investigator
Maria Paiewonsky
Maria Paiewonsky
Project Coordinator
Maria Paiewonsky
Carole Carlson
Training Associate

For more information about this project, contact Maria Paiewonsky.

Project Partners

Think College Transition Model project is partnering with institutions of higher education and local school districts that are involved in the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



Project Evaluation

The external evaluation for the Think College Transition Model project is being conducted by:



The Think College Transition Model project is funded by an Investing in Innovation Development Grant # U411C130149 from the Office of Innovation and Improvement with matching funds provided by the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation.

The Investing in Innovation Fund, established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs) and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The purpose of this program is to provide competitive grants to applicants with a record of improving student achievement and attainment in order to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing achievement gaps, decreasing dropout rates, increasing high school graduation rates, or increasing college enrollment and completion rates.

For more information about the i3 grants:

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation supports community programming that helps children, adolescents, and young adults affected by substance abuse, learning disabilities, mental illness, and intellectual disabilities achieve their full potential. Through its intellectual disabilities focus area, it advances the goal of engaging young people with intellectual disabilities in meaningful social, vocational, and educational pursuits.