Unique Summer Curriculum Institute at Cotting School

These four members of the Cotting teaching faculty dedicated their summer to developing literacy curriculum for students at Cotting with complex communication disorders.

This summer four members of the Cotting teaching faculty dedicated their summer to developing literacy curriculum for students at Cotting with complex communication disorders.

Cotting’s Summer Curriculum Institute, first launched in 2010, gives faculty members the opportunity to be paid through the summer session to work solely on curriculum development. In school settings more typical than Cotting, the school district formats a comprehensive curriculum that corresponds to the state framework and meets the needs of a majority of students in the district who are performing at or near grade-level. Our student population is so diverse in age and ability that we cannot rely on the standard available curricula to meet all our students’ diverse learning styles. We have found that we need to create our own.

Based on faculty proposals, the Summer Curriculum Institute involves educators working together to explore long term projects, assess current students’ learning needs, research strategies for instruction, and develop curriculum materials specifically for all Cotting teachers to use for the upcoming year.

Faculty members participating in the Summer Curriculum Institute for the summer of 2015 are (pictured above from left to right): Meghan Wilkers, Megan McGoldrick, Lola Piscopo, and Stephanie Soule. They will focus their work specifically on building literacy curriculum.

Here are just a few of the goals that have been identified as part of Summer Curriculum Institute for 2015:

  • Assess students who are either new to Cotting or need updated literacy scores in their files
  • Create alternative books for the SIPPS program that are of higher interest/personally relevant
  • Find/create a comprehension program for students who are experiencing difficulty with Achieve3000
  • Adapt the PCI Reading Program for AAC users to incorporate language group activities

Ms. Piscopo explained: “The Summer Curriculum Institute gives us the time and focus needed to explore curriculum solutions that would be impossible to research and implement during the school year, or while teaching a summer school class.”

Everyone at Cotting is thankful for the funding from the Peabody Foundation that has made this program available to our faculty members.