Local Corporations Support Cotting in a Time of Social Distancing

Local Corporations Support Cotting in a Time of Social Distancing

Cotting School is honored and delighted to report two recent gifts from local corporations which will promote student learning going forward. In April Takeda Pharmaceutical Company supported Cotting School with a gift of $25,000 to assist with needs related to the Coronavirus pandemic. The School has used the gift to assist families with unforeseen and technology needs due to recent events. On May 4, Cotting School learned of a gift of $50,000 from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation toward its capital campaign. Nancy Stager, the President and CEO of the Foundation, wrote, “We are honored to support your efforts to build... Read More

Celebrating Accreditation and Teacher Appreciation

Celebrating Accreditation and Teacher Appreciation

At Cotting School accreditation and appreciation go hand in hand. In honor of teacher appreciation week please join us in celebrating the standard of excellence our highly specialized program has achieved thanks to our teachers, therapists, nurses, and staff serving our students and their families. “The deep expertise of the Cotting School staff is obvious from the first moment when one enters the school’s lobby. Faculty deliver attention to each child with such a caring, unwavering commitment to the success of each student.” -NEASC Visiting Committee “Cotting parents herald the social engagement that their children experience in classrooms, lunch, after... Read More

Cotting School Educators Round Up – Online!

Cotting School Educators Round Up – Online!

Online Resources for Families and Educators of Students with Special Needs In the spirit of learning and supporting families of students with special needs during this unexpected pause in the school year, Cotting School educators have been working (remotely) to communicate with families of our students to facilitate enrichment and continued learning. Teams at Cotting School have also assembled a top-notch list of online resources to share widely. Take a look at the list below, share this post with a friend or colleague, and hey – let’s collaborate! If you know of a resource we should add, let us know.... Read More

Special Education Program Learning Opportunities

Special Education Program Learning Opportunities

Please join us for two special education learning opportunities at Cotting School, open to all. Puberty: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities Friday, March 6, 2020 9:30 am – 11:00 am Join us for a free panel presentation at Cotting School. Learn how the topic of puberty is addressed with students and families by professionals at Cotting School, and from Boston Children’s Hospital. Full details at: https://conta.cc/2v5ZPfH       Transition Fair Wednesday, April 8, 2020 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm Students and families are invited to join us for an evening of information sharing and discussion about the transition process. Let... Read More

Get Stumped! Support an Amazing School

Get Stumped! Support an Amazing School

JOIN US FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th! How does a night of Stump! Trivia, great food and drink, raffle prizes, and a silent auction sound? Great, of course…and even better when you’re playing for the students at Cotting School! Grab your co-workers! Come to Game On! Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 6pm.     Cotting School serves students ages 3-22 with moderate to severe physical and cognitive disabilities.  Our students come from over 70 towns around Boston to take advantage of our outstanding faculty, differentiated curriculum, comprehensive therapies, and boundless co-curricular opportunities.  For many of our students, making friends and joining the... Read More

Making Things Possible: The Continuum of Inclusion

Making Things Possible: The Continuum of Inclusion

If you are a Parent, educator, or professional supporting students with special needs and you are interested in a FREE day of learning focused on the continuum of inclusion, please save the date and plan to join us! Cotting’s Burr Family Conference & EdCamp, 2019 November 16, 2019 The Continuum of Inclusion Whether you’re familiar with Cotting School’s Annual Burr Family Conference or are planning to attend for the first time, you’ll find content and networking especially for you!   What to Expect We will launch the conference with a keynote address by recently retired Robert Crabtree, Esq., who will discuss... Read More

Diversity Education Expands at Cotting

Diversity Education Expands at Cotting

Thorndike Fellowship Winner Focuses on Expanding Diversity Education A teacher at Cotting School is putting his passion to work this summer as the winner of Cotting School’s Augustus Thorndike Fellowship for the summer of 2019. Mr. Robert Mitropoulos’ Fellowship work focuses on diversity research, training, and curriculum and was selected from a group of outstanding proposals from a number of Cotting School faculty and staff applicants. “As an educator I strive to present students with accurate lenses to view the world in its current form,” says Robert. “The population of students we serve at Cotting School is quite diverse. We... Read More

Special Education Curriculum Expertise at Work

Special Education Curriculum Expertise at Work

Cotting School’s Unique Summer Curriculum Institute Meet Cotting School educators Lizzy Abel, Mary Curtin, Megan Hennessey, and Lola Piscopo. Collectively they’ve taught at Cotting School for 23 years. This summer they are putting their years of special education expertise to work in a way that most teachers only dream of. They aren’t teaching a classroom of students, but instead are focused on the research and development of specialized curriculum and instruction methods. Their summer work, funded by The Peabody Foundation will focus on advancing the repertoire of literacy lessons and activities as well as broadening the cross-curricular ties to create... Read More

Summer is a Time for Building Independence

Summer is a Time for Building Independence

Summer is a Time for Building Independence Did you know that students at Cotting enrolled in our Extended Year Program have the to opportunity to choose among several different program options in the summer, each aimed at building independence? They do! Get to know one of our most sought after options by name (or acronym!): SALSE (Summer Adaptive Living Skills Experience)  This summer option has been a consistent, popular choice for Cotting students each summer.  The SALSE experience is an opportunity aimed at helping students with social and communication skills, personal care, mobility, home living skills, money management, nutrition and... Read More

A Remembrance of Elise “Butch” Wallace

A Remembrance of Elise “Butch” Wallace

A Remembrance of Elise “Butch” Wallace Cotting School Trustee Emerita Butch Wallace welcomed me to the Cotting School community 15 years ago, when I was named the “new” President. Upon meeting this wonderful, kind lady, whose rich history with our school dated to 1971, I wondered, how can I ever address her by her nickname? It was soon very easy to call her Butch, for she made me feel at ease. Like everyone she met at Cotting School – student, staff, parent or fellow Cotting School Trustee – Butch greeted us as her special friends with warmth and dignity. Her... Read More

125 Years of Excellence in Special Education

125 Years of Excellence in Special Education

Celebrate Special Education and the 125th Anniversary of Cotting School! At Cotting School we are celebrating 125 years of excellence in Special Education. That means 125 years of specialized experience in breaking down barriers to education by providing highly individualized special education curriculum as well as coordinated and integrated therapies and medical services to support students in achieving their goals. Check out the stories in our NEW Annual Report of Cotting Stories or watch this video featuring one area of our curriculum in action. Read the Lexington Minuteman Newspaper’s coverage of our proud history and 125 year anniversary! In honor... Read More

Apple Adaptive Technology Seminar at Cotting School

Apple Adaptive Technology Seminar at Cotting School

Are you interested in making better use of the Apple adaptive technology features built into educational technology tools? We are! That is why we’ve invited Dave Marra, Senior Systems Engineer and Accessibility Specialist for Apple, to offer a free workshop at Cotting School. In true Cotting collaborative style the workshop is free, and open to educators from any public or private school, interested in joining us. A registration link appears below. Teachers and Therapists supporting students with special needs in reaching their wide-ranging learning goals use Apple technology with students constantly. This is true for professionals who work with students... Read More