Scaling-Up EnvisionIT: An Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Academic and Transition Outcomes


pdf File Scaling-Up EnvisionIT 12.16.13 Final v2.0.pdf (461KB) [download]

pdf File Binder EnvisionIT RFP 12 20 13.pdf (1,106KB) [download]

Archived Recording
In order to view the webinar presentation, please click on the webinar icon below.

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Webinar from AUCD's Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE)

Scaling-Up EnvisionIT: An Evidence-Based Practice to Improve Academic and Transition Outcomes

Monday, December 16, 2013


Despite the emphasis of higher academic standards and enhanced transition services, many students with disabilities are leaving high school without the college and career readiness skills needed to participate fully in postsecondary education and employment. Students from low achieving high schools experience even higher rates of school dropout, unemployment, and underemployment than their peers without disabilities. The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is recruiting partners to scale-up EnvisionIT, an online curriculum that is aligned with national standards, prepares students for common core assessments, and assists students with developing transition plans to reach their self-determined postsecondary goals. This evidence-based transition curriculum has been designed to enhance the key 21st Century literacy skills both students with and without disabilities need for competitive employment. Through a Request for Proposals (RFP) grant process, we are recruiting schools and districts across the nation to implement, refine, and sustain EnvisionIT. To build capacity for a sustainable model, we request that teachers and administrators from Title 1 and/or historically low achieving middle or high schools collaborate with their state department of education and researchers to scale-up EnvisionIT.

Webinar Objectives:

1.    Introduce the EnvisionIT curriculum, a web-based curriculum that is aligned with the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English/Language Arts as well as transition and information technology standards

2.    Summarize the research methods used to pilot and refine EnvisionIT thus far, including single-subject methods, experimental/quasi-experimental designs, and qualitative data collected from students and teachers

3.    Recruit applicants who agree to implement, refine, and scale-up EnvisionIT within and across school districts in their state through a RFP process that will award up to $99,000 to each successful applicant. Each applicant is encouraged to involve local districts, researchers at their UCEDD or partnering university, and their state department of education


a)    Margo Vreeburg Izzo, PhD, Program Director, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

Margo Vreeburg Izzo is program director for the Special Education and Transition area at the Nisonger Center, a UCEDD at the Ohio State University. She is also a Professor in the OSU Department of Psychiatry. With more than 34 years of experience in the special education field, Dr. Izzo has extensive experience with transition to college and careers for students with disabilities. She has won nearly $14 million in grant funds since 1997 to help students. Currently, Dr. Vreeburg Izzo is the Principal Investigator of three federally funded education grants designed to improve the academic and transition outcomes of students with disabilities at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. Dr. Izzo completed her Ph.D. in Special Education, Rehabilitation and Research at OSU in 1998. She is also a recipient of a Mary E. Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

b)    Alexa Murray, MGS, Program Manager, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center

Ms. Murray is program manager for Scaling-Up EnvisionIT in the Special Education and Transition Services area at the Nisonger Center. She has 12 years of experience in special and general education research and project management. With Dr. Izzo, Ms. Murray has co-authored 7 state and federal grants totaling more than $5 million in awards to the Nisonger Center, including the federally funded Scaling-Up EnvisionIT grant. She has served in a program evaluation role for several grants, including a National Science Foundation award focused on recruiting and retaining students with disabilities in STEM fields. She has a MGS (master in gerontological studies) degree from Miami University of Ohio and a MA in clinical mental health counseling from OSU.

c)    Andrew Buck, MA, Project Coordinator, The Ohio State University Nisonger Center, and Former Teacher Participant

Andrew Buck is a project coordinator in the Special Education and Transition Services area at the Nisonger Center. He is the lead curriculum developer on the Scaling-Up EnvisionIT federal grant. He also served as a teacher at a school for students with ASD where he taught a sister curriculum to EnvisionIT called E-Mentoring developed through the Nisonger Center. In addition, Mr. Buck was a Peace Corp Volunteer where he analyzed instructional data and trained more than 300 teachers, administrators, and college students on ESL curriculum design. In addition to curriculum development and teaching, Mr. Buck has worked as an athletic director for 3 years and a varsity and junior varsity lacrosse coach for 7 years. He has a MA degree in Educational Policy Leadership from OSU.


New RFP Announced for National Scale-Up of Innovative Transition Curriculum

 Scaling-Up EnvisionIT RFP (see attached document)

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Grant Award H327S120022), the Scaling-Up EnvisionIT project has announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for state teams nationwide to develop plans to scale-up EnvisionIT.  EnvisionIT is an online curriculum designed for students with and without disabilities in grades 8-12. The curriculum is aligned to national standards in English Language Arts, technology, transition, and financial literacy. Teams should ideally consist of a state agency, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) or Institution of Higher Education (IHE), and partnering local schools or districts where EnvisionIT can be implemented and hopefully sustained. Due date for applying is February 28, 2014. For more information, please see the RFP. If you have any questions, please contact Program Manager Alexa Murray ([email protected]). You may also contact Project Director Margo Izzo ([email protected]).

Purpose of this RFP: To solicit applications from state teams to scale-up and sustain a web-based curriculum for students with and without disabilities in grades 8-12. Called EnvisionIT, this curriculum is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and national standards in transition, Information Technology (IT) literacy, and financial literacy. The subcontract is part of the Scaling-Up EnvisionIT grant awarded to The Ohio State University Nisonger Center from the U.S. Department of Education (Grant Award H327S120022). The Scaling-Up EnvisionIT funding period is 2012-2017 depending on federal renewal.

Number of awards to be given: This is a one-time RFP. Awards will be given to 3 states (no more than 1 per state). Administered as subcontracts, these awards are renewable up to 3 years (2014-2017) provided that an award recipient satisfactorily performs their scope of work and funding for the federal grant is maintained. NOTE: Depending on the number and quality of applications received, an applicant not initially selected for funding may be designated as an alternate should an initial awardee withdraw.

 Amount of award: $99,000 to be dispersed across 3 years depending on awardee performance and funding ($33,000 per year). Applicants need to submit a budget and detailed scope of work for the first year of funding (Year 1: 2014-2015). Applicants also need to include a plan for scaling-up and sustaining EnvisionIT during and beyond the subcontract. NOTE: Applicants awarded funding will be required to submit a budget and scope of work for Year 2 (2015-2016) and Year 3 (2016-2017) at the time of subcontract renewal. A maximum indirect rate of 10% is allowed in the budget.

Application due date: February 28, 2014.