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FAL-WIN 2018

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12 PIERCE FALL / WINTER 2018 E arlier this year, Franklin Pierce's Teagan Comeau '20 and Tyler Comeau '20 joined Dr. Jacqueline Kelleher, professor and certification officer, at the 16th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education. e conference is an opportunity for academic professionals from around the world to network about education issues. The FPU trio presented "Dungeons and Distractions," a film created by the Comeau twins. It is a first-person perspective on what it is like to have autism and be in a general education middle school classroom. Kelleher also presented a curriculum g uide with activities and problem-based learning on autism spectrum disorders. Their session was packed, and the team said they had multiple requests for copies of the g uide from attendees from across the U.S., Canada and Denmark. e twins collaborated with Kelleher on the guide, which offers activities that teach critical thinking , perspective taking and dialogue skills. ese were piloted with hundreds of pre-service teachers, teachers, related service staff and parents of children with disabilities. "It was such a privilege to share this work," said Kelleher. "We were honored our peers selected our work for presentation, and the experience inspired us to create more projects that raise awareness of individuals with disabilities." Kelleher and the twins plan to continue their work in advocacy. Kelleher said she hopes to create a film series of shorts that depicts the experience of persons with disabilities identified under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. — Alexa Wallace '16 MBA '19 F ranklin Pierce was awarded a $233,800 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, which will support the University's Initiative for Digital Education for Accelerated Learning (IDEAL). The funds will be awarded over three years to assist with the new program's launch and implementation. "We are deeply appreciative for the validation and confidence this sizeable award conveys about our institution," said President Kim Mooney '83. "The Davis Educational Foundation has a strong reputation in higher education for funding projects with partner institutions like Pierce where vision and strategy come together seamlessly to benefit students. I'm grateful for their continued investment in the University." IDEAL will improve student learning outcomes through a comprehensive, integrated program of skills development for both faculty and students. At the conclusion of the three-year timeline, the program will have trained 25 faculty, integrated digital literacy outcomes into the general and liberal education curriculum, and the University will have developed a solid financial strategy to ensure that the results of this initiative are sustainable going forward. Established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis' retirement as chairman of Shaw's Supermarkets, Inc., the Davis Educational Foundation supports the undergraduate programs of public and private, regionally accredited baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities throughout the six New England states. This grant follows awards totaling more than $1.1 million from organizations, including the National Science Foundation, George I. Alden Trust and the N.H.-INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research). — Matthew Barone SUPPORTING INITIATIVES Grant Will Fund Digital Learning ADVOCACY ON FILM Pierce Students Present at Education Conference RAVENINGS Teagan Comeau '20 and Tyler Comeau '20 with FPU professor Jacqueline Kelleher

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