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News and Updates from an Exciting Fall Season at Cotting School

News and Updates from an Exciting Fall Season at Cotting School

Fall 2017 has been an exciting time at Cotting School! Did you know that Cotting hosts a Conference each year in the month of November? We do, and each year is different with new themes and content. Cotting’s fifth annual “Making Things Possible” Conference took place on November 18, 2017. The Conference theme “Educating the Whole Child” was infused in every part of the day! The day began with a powerful Keynote address by Deborah and Patrick Downes, and was followed by four sessions of content-rich workshop selections delivered by workshop leaders sharing evidence-based, practical strategies in hands-on sessions and discussions... Read More

Alum Nick talks MCAS Competency Portfolio!

Alum Nick talks MCAS Competency Portfolio!

We had the pleasure of chatting with Cotting alum, and one time class president, Nick T. recently during his visit to campus! Nick is now a student at Cape Cod Community College, taking four classes and working hard on his degree.  Before college, Nick earned his diploma at Cotting by completing a Competency Determination Portfolio, which is no small task.  This required him to demonstrate competency at a 10th grade level in Math, Science, and English Language Arts.  He spent extra time each week to work on it, and even had to sacrifice participation in after-school activities in order to complete... Read More

Paths to Diploma

Paths to Diploma

Like many things at Cotting School, there are different paths to achievement, paths that are chosen to fit the strengths of the student. These are two paths to diploma that our students have followed: 1.     MCAS test & credit completion Students who pass the MCAS test, with or without accommodations, and fulfill Cotting’s credit requirements will earn a Cotting diploma. Some students, in addition to receiving a Cotting diploma, also earn a diploma from their home district.  87% of students who chose to pursue a high school diploma received one. Other students, however, may require more intensive support to receive a... Read More

Julie’s Blog Inspires & Shares Insights

Julie’s Blog Inspires & Shares Insights

Julie is a student at Cotting School. Like many students, Julie shares her insights through her writing on her own blog. We just read Julie’s latest post “It’s Really Normal to Use AAC” and found it so impactful that we wanted to share it more widely. In her post, Julie describes how she has grown and learned to use her voice, as well as the community of support she has found at Cotting School. Julie enjoys writing to tell her stories and to help inspire others. Recently, our team of Communication Therapists at Cotting School wrote a blog to share... Read More

Cotting School To Make An Impact in Louisiana

Cotting School To Make An Impact in Louisiana

Krista Macari, Chief Academic Officer of Cotting School, will represent Cotting in the evaluation of three schools in Louisiana’s Special School District. The District includes the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and the Louisiana Special Education Center. This is an example of Cotting School’s willingness to share our expertise and to work collaboratively with other non-profit organizations. In this case, we will team up with the Education Development Center (EDC), Perkins School for the Blind and the American School for the Deaf. Krista has extensive experience in program evaluation through her work at... Read More

Cotting Students Share Meaningful Insights in Disability Month Blog Series

Cotting Students Share Meaningful Insights in Disability Month Blog Series

          At the beginning of October, when we began working with a few Cotting School students on a series of student-centered blog posts, we had an idea of how meaningful the project would be, but the project and the reach of the messages our students had to share exceeded our expectations! We are proud of the students who shared “something you might not know about ” in our Disability Awareness Month Blog Series and though we’ve turned our calendars from October to November, we hope you will join us in reflecting on what our students had... Read More

I have epilepsy, lung disease, and a brain tumor, but I don’t let that stop me.

I have epilepsy, lung disease, and a brain tumor, but I don’t let that stop me.

Alexa works hard with her family, her doctors, and the staff at Cotting to understand and take care of her health so she can do all the things she loves to do – riding her bike around her neighborhood, going out to activities with friends, and playing with her sister.  At the top of that list, though, is being a student– the more time she can spend at school, the better she likes it. Even riding the bus to school makes her day. She is proud to say, “I am a really good student, and I love sports, especially basketball.”... Read More