Learn with Apple at Cotting School

Learn with Apple at Cotting School

Are you interested in making better use of the accessibility 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 at Cotting... 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

Curriculum Institute Tackles Differentiated Math Instruction

Curriculum Institute Tackles Differentiated Math Instruction

This summer three Cotting teachers: Andy Lindblad, Sejal Costa, and John Meredith, are focused on the research and development of Math curriculum and instruction methods. Their summer work is funded by The Peabody Foundation will result in new differentiated Math lessons, and important focus on how Math lessons at Cotting School work in cross-curricular fashion to meet the learning needs of our students. Cotting’s Summer Curriculum Institute, first launched in 2010, gives Cotting faculty members the opportunity to spend five weeks in the summer working solely on curriculum development. In school settings more typical than Cotting, school districts format a comprehensive curriculum that corresponds to the... Read More

Cotting School Honorees

Cotting School Honorees

An evening of celebration brought together members of Cotting School’s premier giving society, the Founders Society, for an event to thank Cotting School supporters and to honor two members of the Cotting community for their outstanding service to our Cotting School students and Alumni. Cotting School’s Seamark Vision Clinic Honoree For the last 8 years, Dr. Richard Jamara, has supervised our weekly Seamark Vision Clinic at Cotting School and offered topnotch vision services to our students, alumni, staff, and members of staff families. He has also welcomed students with special needs from the greater community to receive the same services... Read More

Dan’s Post Graduation Plans

Dan’s Post Graduation Plans

After nearly nine years at Cotting, Dan is ready for the next chapter! Dan passed the MCAS in ELA, Math, and Science and earned his high school diploma at our graduation ceremony earlier this month. He is excited to start at Valley Collaborative in Billerica next year, where he’ll work on improving vocational skills and applying academics in transitional skill domains. He also plans to start taking classes at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, MA with an interest in culinary and writing classes. We will miss Dan’s smiling face around Cotting, but are very excited for his future plans!

Join In On Cotting’s Next Book Give-Away! “Rescue and Jessica”

Join In On Cotting’s Next Book Give-Away! “Rescue and Jessica”

We are at it again! We have another Cotting School book give-away that is near and dear to us. We are proud to introduce you to “Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship”. For students at Cotting School, the story of “Rescue and Jessica” is a powerful one as it introduces readers to a person with a disability. For some readers this might be the first time they are introduced to someone with a disability. The story also provides insights into themes that are relevant to our students and themes that shed light on their stories, which include relying on others for... Read More

Cotting School Traditions

Cotting School Traditions

Traditions are woven throughout the academic year at Cotting School to celebrate our students, acknowledge great accomplishments, and honor people who are a part of the Cotting Community. Ask anyone in our buildings and you are sure to hear a few stories about Cotting traditions. But what if you’ve never been here? To provide an insider’s look at Cotting School we’re opening up about a few of our annual traditions (and there are MANY more). Welcome to Cotting School! Celebrating our Senior Class Most students at Cotting become Seniors in their last full year at Cotting School before they turn... Read More

Melissa’s Post-Graduation Plans

Melissa’s Post-Graduation Plans

Melissa has made huge strides in her time at Cotting.  For more than nine years, she has progressed in and outside the classroom.  Equipped with the fundamental life skills that Cotting has helped her build, Melissa is ready for a new challenge! Melissa will be heading to her home district to join a vocational program, where she will focus most of her time on life skills and working in her home community five days a week.  Melissa has had great experiences in our own work skills program – including time at Epicurean Feast and HomeGoods – and is prepared to... Read More

India’s Post-Graduation Plans

India’s Post-Graduation Plans

India has been at Cotting for fourteen years.  You may have heard India’s voice at Cotting basketball games as she sang the national anthem.  Her talents shine as a singer and writer, and she has a wicked sense of humor.  She also cares very much about children, and has been working at Lexington Montessori School as part of Cotting’s Project Bridges community-based volunteer work experience program.  We’re proud to say that after graduation, India will stay on at Lexington Montessori as a paid employee, continuing to follow her passion for working with children. While not all graduates find paid work... Read More