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

AllAccess AAC Training – Free Conference!

AllAccess AAC Training – Free Conference!

AAC Training – Calling all Clinicians!  Are you looking to get an overview of the various methods by which individuals with multiple disabilities access augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices? PRC is providing their AllAccess Class at Cotting School, Free of Charge!    SLPs, ATs, OTs, SPED Teachers and clinicians can all benefit from this conference.  This AAC Training provides invaluable insight & education, therefore you should attend! Normally $250, Free to attendees! Hurry only 15 spaces are available!       When:  May 17th & 18th,  8AM-4PM  Where:  Cotting School How do I register?  Please contact Kassi Rollins via email to... 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

Cotting Adds Social Studies!

Cotting Adds Social Studies!

  “I got my History teaching license before my degree teaching students with disabilities, so this is my dream job. I’m bringing together two of my interests and I’m excited to modify Social Studies for everyone,” Meredith explains. Meredith is using the Massachusetts state framework to build the Social Studies curriculum at all levels, each different than the next. Our Middle School students will begin with World Cultures and Geography, and the Upper School students will explore the American Revolution and westward expansion. For our Capstone students, Meredith has designed a “Rights Movement” unit that will shift focus from Women’s... Read More

Making Things Possible: The Parenting Experience

Making Things Possible: The Parenting Experience

For the sixth year, Cotting School in Lexington offered a free, day-long Conference open to parents, professionals, and caregivers of students with disabilities! The Making Things Possible: The Parenting Experience Conference took place on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity delivered an extraordinary keynote talk, which can be viewed here. With support from the generous Burr Family, 200 attendees participated in workshop sessions, visited with vendors and networked over a light lunch, free of charge. Participate, virtually, by taking a look at our Conference recap. #AndrewSolomon #FarFromTheTree #CottingConference2018 #TheParentingExperience #MTP2018

Open House, September 29

Open House, September 29

Join us for an open house at Cotting School! Tour our campus, have some fun, and learn all about our: Individualized educational programming for students ages 3-22 Transitional living options for young adults ages 17-22 Comprehensive curriculum Community inclusion and vocational opportunities Integrated assistive technology and therapies Art, gym, performing arts, sports, and woodworking …and so much more! Cheer on the Cotting Falcons soccer team during your visit! RSVP today: openhouse@cotting.org

Andrew Solomon at Cotting School and in Theaters!

Andrew Solomon at Cotting School and in Theaters!

Andrew Solomon, Author of the book Far From the Tree, will be our Conference keynote speaker at Cotting School this coming November. We are excited to announce that a new documentary based on his book, Far From the Tree, is being released in Boston, prior to its feature at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. More About the Documentary You can watch the trailer, here. Find ticketing for August 2018 showtimes, here. More About Cotting’s Conference For the sixth year, Cotting School in Lexington will offer a free, day-long Conference open to parents, professionals and caregivers of students with disabilities! This year’s Conference... Read More