3T Academy Syllabus 2023-2024

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Program Description

Earning post-secondary education is an important step in ensuring opportunity, independence and stability for blind, low vision, and deafblind students. 3T Academy is an eight-month program designed to promote college preparation and success, self-advocacy development and workplace readiness.  The program will provide a comprehensive, strengths-based curriculum to increase self-efficacy and confidence as student’s transition into post-secondary programs. 

Delivery Method

Virtual sessions will be offered on the second and forth Wednesday of each month beginning on October 11, 2023 and ending May 22, 2024 for a total of 17 unique lessons.  Each lesson will be interactive and offered via the Zoom platform from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  

3T is open enrollment. This means students can chose which sessions they enroll in from week to week. However, it is highly recommended that students plan to attend all sessions in order to receive the most benefit.  Incentives will be provided for attendance. 

Required Materials

Computer with working microphone and camera and, if possible, cell phone to be used for interactive activities.  Optional:  note taking tools

Instructor Contact Information

Holly Edwards


Transform = Transform your mindset and approach to learning in order to be successful

Module 1:  Developing an Academic Mindset

  • October 11 - Growth Mindset
  • October 25 - Intellectual Curiosity
  • November 8 - Active Engagement

Module 2:  Communication & Advocacy

  • November 21 - Communication Techniques
  • December 5 - Communication Activities


Transition = Transition using new skills to become college and career ready.

Module 1:  Executive Functioning Skills

  • January 4 - Planning and Organization
  • January 17 - Working Memory and Metacognition
  • January 31 - Time Management

Module 2:  Technology 

  • February 14 - Tech Tools Overview
  • February 28 - Tech Tools Implementation

Module 3:  Practical Academic Success Skills

  • March 13 - Textbooks and Note Taking
  • March 27 - Organization and Test Taking


Thrive = Putting it all together to thrive in college and career

Module 1:  Implementation

  • April 10 - College and Career Resources 
  • April 25 - Advocacy in Practice
  • May 8 - Support Network 
  • May 22 - Wrap up 


In addition to the monthly online workshops, students will gain access to virtual office hours with Academy staff to discuss their college pathway, 3T Academy content, workshop materials, and other questions that come up during the transition from high school to the next step in education and training.


Registration Information

For more information on how the 3T Academy can support the transition from high school into higher education and training, please contact Ryan Scott, 3T Academy Program Lead, at 509-407-7136 or ryan.scott@dsb.wa.gov.

Students interested in accessing DSB services and participating in our youth-based programming, please reach out to us by telephone at 800-552-7103 or through our Online Referral Form