Research Study

Seeking Elementary Teachers
to Implement Future Quest Island-Explorations,

an Innovative Online Curriculum for grades 3-5

Questions about the Curriculum

What is Future Quest Islands-Explorations?

Future Quest Island-Explorations (FQI-E) is an online curriculum focused on students’ self-concept, social and emotional competence, and early college and career awareness. It was designed for students with and without disability in grades 3-5. View FQI-E screenshots.

Can anyone access the FQI-E program?

No, not at this time. Once our study is completed, we will be able to provide educators with access to the curriculum.


*Please review the questions below and fill out the interest form if you would like to be part of our study.


How is the curriculum organized?

The curriculum consists of 6 units with 2-3 lessons that can be implemented completely online as self -paced activities. Lesson content focuses on exploring student’s perceptions of themselves in various roles: Person, Learner, Worker, and Friend.

Teachers are provided with pre-written lesson plans to support implementation. We estimate a total of 8-10 hours to complete the curriculum which can be done over 6-8 weeks. Instructional materials and lesson plans were developed by licensed Massachusetts educators and are aligned with grades 3-5 ELA, ASCA (American School Counselors Association), and ISTE (International Society of Technology Educators) standards.

If I want to preview the curriculum can I see it?

Yes, you will have a chance to preview some of the materials. Here is a sample lesson

Questions About the Research Study

What is this research study about?

We want to determine how effective the curriculum is at supporting student growth in the areas of self-concept, social and emotional competence, and early college and career awareness. We also want to make sure the tools we have created for teachers meet their instructional needs.

What will this research entail?

  • Teachers will implement the online curriculum over a 6-8 week period.

  • Students will participate in short surveys before and after completing the curriculum.

  • Teachers will share feedback on digital resources and activities.

  • All activities will occur remotely.

Who is doing this study?

This study is funded by the US Department of Education. The project is being implemented by the staff from Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at University of Massachusetts Boston, EDC, and FableVision Studios.

Does everyone involved have access to the curriculum at the same time?

Not at first. We will be seeking two groups of teachers/classrooms per grade level. One group will implement the curriculum and one group will not. But both groups will implement the surveys. After we gather data, the second group will have access to the curriculum.

When would it start?

We are currently looking for teachers and classrooms to implement the curriculum in the fall of 2021 and/or spring of 2022.

The start date
can occur at your convenience and once all consent forms have been collected, and participating educators have been trained on using the curriculum.

I’m a teacher. What would I have to do if I wanted to participate?

Step 1: The first step would be for you to fill out the interest form. Then, our team will follow up to ensure that your principal is supportive of your participation and to make sure that your school meets our guidelines as required by the Office of Special Education Programs.

Step 2: We’d ask you to attend a short online meeting to learn more about the study. In this meeting we would describe the following study activities:

  • Sharing research consent forms with families

  • Facilitating 15-minute pre & post survey to students

  • Providing feedback on lesson content and training materials

I’m a teacher. Do I receive anything for participation?

Each teacher participant will receive:

  1. Training on the curriculum

  2. PDPs for training participation

  3. An Amazon gift card

  4. Earbuds for students

I’m a principal or administrator. This study may be of interest to me and my staff. What should I do?

The first step would be for you to fill out the interest form. Then, our team will follow up to ensure that your your school meets our guidelines as required by the Office of Special Education Programs.

You can also share information with teachers* in grades 3-5 instructing students with and without disabilities.

If you want to send your staff a link or a document:

*Please note: We are also interested in afterschool program staff.

FQI-E adheres to the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) rules and standards for websites and apps that provide services to children in the U.S.

Interested in Participating?

Please fill out this form and press SUBMIT when done.

More questions?

If you still have questions, please contact Lori Cooney for information.