UPGRADE is a research-based curriculum focusing on student employment goals in high school, a post-secondary program, or on the job. UPGRADE provides students with strategies for self-evaluation, like self-monitoring and goal setting. There are six units of instruction emphasizing soft skills necessary for school, work, and community success. These units are Attitude and Cooperation, Reliability, Productivity and On Task, Teamwork and Communication, and Quality of Work. After instruction, 10 UPGRADE lessons teach both the professional and the student to evaluate performance in each soft skill category. The UPGRADE STRATEGY is outlined above. Currently, three studies have been conducted examining the effects of UPGRADE on the acquisition of soft skills for students with disabilities (Clark, Konrad, & Test, 2018; Clark, Test, & Konrad, 2019; Clark & Test, under review).
The Instructor’s Guide provides scripted lessons, clear learning objectives, PowerPoints, role plays, and data collection forms. In addition, extensive video resources support student comprehension.
A consumable Student Workbook outlines activities for each lesson, notes for PowerPoint lessons, student data collection forms, video rating charts, and a U-GRADE Performance Instruction Sheet.
UPGRADE also includes Response Cards, Ticket-Out-The-Door Cards, Graphic Organizers, Vocabulary Flashcards, reproducible content, and the GoWorksheet Maker and Assessment Plus Apps to digitized data collection and graphing.
|Author||Kelly Clark, PhD; Moira Konrad, PhD; and David Test, PhD|