Lori Cooney

Lori is a Program Director of Inclusive Education & Curriculum Design for the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at UMass Boston.  She has over 25 years of extensive experience in designing and delivering professional development on universal design for learning, inclusive design, curriculum development, course design, technology integration, academic and career portfolios, early transition, college and career readiness, and assessment strategies. She coordinates a Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) grant for Future Quest Island-Explorations, a fully accessible career awareness gaming adventure for elementary school students and teachers. She serves as a technical training advisor for the Education Transition Team at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she provides regular support and training on UDL and inclusive technology practices for transition inclusion.

Prior to her tenure at ICI/UMB, Lori was an instructional designer at Bristol Community College where she collaborated with teams of faculty members on 26 course redesigns on a Title III grant. From 2005-2011, she was the technology coordinator for Bishop Stang High School where she designed and implemented cutting-edge technology initiatives across the curriculum.

Over Lori’s career, she has been honored with several awards, including the 2012 MassCUE Pathfinder Award, a Technology Humanist Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and is recognized as a Christa McAuliffe Teacher by the Challenger Learning Center at Framingham State University for her dedication to education.

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