Cotting Breaks Ground on Gym Addition

Cotting Breaks Ground on Gym Addition

  Unlike many schools nationwide, Cotting student learning never skipped a beat during COVID. Starting with fully remote learning from mid-March through June, we carefully added in-school time so thatstudents are now on campus four days a week. PPE notwithstanding, they love being with their peers and staff. At our school where students hate snow days, nothing beats being at Cotting! Simultaneously, we have moved ahead with our new addition, the first brick and mortar campaign in 30 years.         The Campaign will enhance academic programs and the arts; build a full-size gym, two candlepin bowling lanes,... Read More

Meeting Communication Therapist Jane Perera

Meeting Communication Therapist Jane Perera

Jane Perera’s path to Cotting School was anything but straightforward. Her interests in medicine, music, and teaching ultimately lead her to the field of speech language pathology nearly 20 years ago. At Cotting School, Jane is one of six Communication Therapists who enable students to communicate through a variety of therapeutic interventions and services. “Communication therapy shares the burden of all other professions at Cotting because communication is a part of everything we do” explains Jane. “As a communication therapist, I use technology to teach students how to socialize and interact in the community, whether that’s in a big classroom... Read More

Favorite Things

Favorite Things

Gift Ideas for People You Love Are you looking for new, creative ideas, games, or even books for gift giving? The staff and students at Cotting School have got you covered! We’re proud to debut a list of some favorite things compiled by Cotting staff and students, especially useful for the special needs community. This list contains links to items Cotting students and staff love! If you’re in dire need of new book suggestions, do not worry- our experts are here to help! In addition, we’ve linked to some fun at home craft ideas and winter themed activities that will... Read More

Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

Project Bridges Relationships: Adapting to A Virtual World

It has been a year like no other at Cotting, many of our programs have quickly adjusted to the reality of COVID-19, still providing vital services to students and remaining connected with our community partners. One example is Project Bridges, a community-based volunteer work experience program inside Cotting School. Being community focused, the Project Bridges program has had to adapt to providing valuable experiences without physically being able to go into the community. Students in the program strive to build and sustain connections with community leaders- developing their vocational and transitional skills. We are proud and thankful for our relationships... Read More

Cotting Community Sews School Spirit

Cotting Community Sews School Spirit

A community building activity has been underway at Cotting School community, and it is a sign of the times.  From the beginning of plans to change school learning environments across the nation in response to the global pandemic, everyone at Cotting knew that the school community connection that’s such a hallmark of “the Cotting way” would be present, whether members of our community were apart or together. Abundant examples appear during school hours (whether in-person or remote) and extend far beyond the school day and into the community. Case in point:  A Socially Distant, Mask-Making Sew-Along Twenty members of the... Read More

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