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

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

Diversity of Disability

Diversity of Disability

Cotting School has served the needs of students with disabilities in Greater Boston for nearly 125 years. Today’s campus in Lexington, however, looks a lot different than the church basement where we first opened our doors to seven students in 1893. While much has changed at Cotting over the past century, at our core, many integral components remain the same. Students are still served a hot lunch, family style; many still travel a great distance to get to Cotting each day, but busses and vans have replaced horse-drawn carriages. Perhaps most importantly, our talented staff today is committed to the... Read More

Meet Three Outstanding Cotting Students!

Meet Three Outstanding Cotting Students!

                                                      Alexis, age 12   “She’s a hard worker, but she’s sassy!” Middle School teacher Katie Norregaard remembers Alexis beingquiet and reserved in her first few months in class. One day, Ms. Norregaard explains, that all changed.  “I asked Alexis where she’d been, and she responded, ‘I don’t want to tell you where I went!’” Despite her sass, Alexis is a hard worker. Using her device, she tells us she enjoys listening to music and reading,... Read More

Peace Day and Open Mic Night!

Peace Day and Open Mic Night!

  Peace Day at Cotting School! Cotting wrapped up its Spirit Week 2018 with the theme of “Peace.” Cotting students and staff gathered for an assembly that echoed messages of peace surrounding the National School Walkouts. The Cotting community sought to add their voices to the national dialogue about school safety and chose the hashtag #MarchWalkRollForPeace to capture the spirit of the day. One of the highlights of the morning was hearing Cotting students share their own original peace-themed poems, many of which are on display at the school’s entrance and pictured to the right.   Open Mic Showcases Talents!... Read More

Fast Facts for Cotting School

Fast Facts for Cotting School

We wanted to share the perfect resource for when someone asks YOU for information about Cotting School! This quick reference sheet is a mixture of fast facts and points of pride about Cotting School. It is difficult to cram in every detail about the exceptional opportunities offered to students at Cotting School onto one page, but we think this covers a lot!

Apple Supports Disability Emojis

Apple Supports Disability Emojis

    Text messaging has seemed to replace phone calls these days, and the growth of emojis have made texting a lot more fun and animated!  But what happens when a major piece of your identity is underrepresented in the emoji selection? Apple recently supported a proposal to introduce 13 new disability emojis, including power chairs and long canes.  Have a look here at some of the proposed emojis.  Apple joined American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation and the National Association of the Deaf to create them.  While a good start, Apple says “This is not meant to... Read More