Transition Boarding at HOPEhouse

Transition Boarding at HOPEhouse

For the residents of HOPEhouse – Cotting School’s five-day transition boarding program for students ages 17-22 – it’s business as usual these days. Adjusting to their “bubble” took some time, but no one used the pandemic as an excuse. At HOPEhouse, it’s all about creating and pursuing a vision for the future. Post-secondary education, employment, and adult-living opportunities are the three primary foci from which residents choose to envision their future beyond Cotting. Successful HOPEhouse students are motivated to be independent and interested in working with the staff to design a program that works for them. Plans include work, higher... Read More

A Wall of Honor at Cotting School

A Wall of Honor at Cotting School

The hallmark of Cotting School’s tradition of innovation and excellence rests in our extraordinary faculty and staff. Each day, professionals commit themselves to providing our students with the educational, therapeutic, medical and support services needed to increase student independence while creating a “community of belonging.” A new Cotting Wall of Honor, located in our school’s history foyer, recognizes individuals who have given twenty years of exemplary service. This plaque is displayed to honor those past and current dedicated individuals who have reached this significant milestone. (View the Cotting School Wall of Honor up close, here.)  

Meet Cotting School’s Boston College PULSE interns

Meet Cotting School’s Boston College PULSE interns

Cotting School has a unique relationship with students at Boston College who participate in the PULSE program. PULSE educates students about social injustice by putting them into direct contact with marginalized populations and social change organizations and by encouraging discussion on classic and contemporary works of philosophy and theology. Students in the program are placed at organizations all over the Greater Boston area. Cotting is a new partner with PULSE this year and this partnership looks a little different than it would have in normal years – especially for those students helping with the Circle of Friends and Project Bridges... Read More

Leadership News at Cotting School

Leadership News at Cotting School

Cotting School President David Manzo Announces Retirement in 2021 Cotting School President David Manzo has announced that he will retire in September 2021, at which time he will havespent 17 years leading Cotting School as only the 6th President in Cotting’s 128-year history. Dave shared the news at Cotting School on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. A letter from Dave to the Cotting School community was shared with the greater community. Read Dave’s full letter to the Cotting community, or click here to view his video message.           Trustees of Cotting School Announce  Bridget Irish as 7th President... Read More

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