ReelAbilities Film Hits Home for Cotting Alum

ReelAbilities Film Hits Home for Cotting Alum

Just a few weeks ago, Cotting School hosted a film for the ReelAbilities Film Festival for the third straight year!  A crowd of about 70 gathered to watch “Swim Team,” a film that chronicles the story of the Jersey Hammerheads, a swim team comprised of teens on the autism spectrum. The father and son duo who star in the film, Mike and Mike Jr., joined us for a lively Q&A session after the film.  Among the many thoughtful questions and comments we heard during the Q&A was one from a Cotting alumnus.  He shared a piece of his own story... Read More

Announcing Bill Cummings’ new memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big,”

Announcing Bill Cummings’ new memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big,”

For Cotting School’s first ever new book giveaway, we’re proud to present Bill Cummings’ new memoir, “Starting Small and Making It Big,”. Here at Cotting we’ve been the proud recipients of a $100K for 100 Grant from the Cummings Foundation, and we’ve recently been notified of continued financial support as a winner of a 2018 Cummings Foundation Sustaining Grant! Our School has benefited not only from substantial financial support, but also from the publicity and standing that comes with Cummings Foundation’s support. Funds from Cummings Foundation support the hard work of our students and staff specifically through Cotting’s Project Bridges work... Read More

ReelAbilities star AJ Murray on Speechless!

ReelAbilities star AJ Murray on Speechless!

As we gear up for “Swim Team” at Cotting School this Wednesday, let’s take a look at what some of our previous ReelAbilities film stars have been up to! Two years ago we invited “Becoming Bulletproof” star AJ Murray to our campus for our screening.  Just this week, AJ appeared on the finale of season two of Speechless on ABC:   ajaniajmurray “Growing up being a tv geek and a dreamer I’ve always yearned to see someone like me on television. Not just brown skin but wheelchair, spastic, and embracing themselves as they are. Not wanting to be someone else, but... Read More

Stories of Collaboration, Determination, and Learning!

Stories of Collaboration, Determination, and Learning!

We are delighted to share our 2017 Annual Report with you! We’ve captured stories of the incredible collaboration, determination, and learning happening at Cotting School.  Please enjoy reading this report and pass it on to your family and friends via this post or Cotting School’s social media pages. Help us tell the wonderful story that is Cotting School!

It’s a Happy New Year at Cotting School

It’s a Happy New Year at Cotting School

Creatively Cotting, our students’ very own literary, visual, and performing arts magazine, has lots of new student generated content for you to check out! Let our students inspire you with their goals and ideas for 2018! Mr. Ironfield’s performing arts students are about halfway through production of their very own version of Peter Pan! Down the hall in Mrs. Trolan’s art studio, several pieces of pottery have been glazed and fired. And in Thursday’s Upper School elective with Ms. Cain and Mr. Ironfield, students have been hard at work on a fairytale!.  Read through to see what they’ve come up with... Read More

Trustees of Cotting School Elect Dr. Patrick Downes

Trustees of Cotting School Elect Dr. Patrick Downes

The Trustees of Cotting School are pleased to announce the election of Dr. Patrick Downes to the Board of Trustees. Patrick has a rich history in the field of special education. Prior to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, Patrick was employed at a MAAPS Member School, working to support students with special needs. His longtime interest in the mission of Cotting School resulted in his Opening of School Address to staff members in 2016 and most recently a Keynote Address at Cotting’s annual Burr Family Conference in November 2017. Recently, Patrick and his wife Jess, worked with the United States Congress on... Read More

News and Updates from an Exciting Fall Season at Cotting School

News and Updates from an Exciting Fall Season at Cotting School

Fall 2017 has been an exciting time at Cotting School! Did you know that Cotting hosts a Conference each year in the month of November? We do, and each year is different with new themes and content. Cotting’s fifth annual “Making Things Possible” Conference took place on November 18, 2017. The Conference theme “Educating the Whole Child” was infused in every part of the day! The day began with a powerful Keynote address by Deborah and Patrick Downes, and was followed by four sessions of content-rich workshop selections delivered by workshop leaders sharing evidence-based, practical strategies in hands-on sessions and discussions... Read More

Cotting School To Make An Impact in Louisiana

Cotting School To Make An Impact in Louisiana

Krista Macari, Chief Academic Officer of Cotting School, will represent Cotting in the evaluation of three schools in Louisiana’s Special School District. The District includes the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired and the Louisiana Special Education Center. This is an example of Cotting School’s willingness to share our expertise and to work collaboratively with other non-profit organizations. In this case, we will team up with the Education Development Center (EDC), Perkins School for the Blind and the American School for the Deaf. Krista has extensive experience in program evaluation through her work at... Read More

Cotting School President Elected to Lead MAAPS Board of Directors

Cotting School President Elected to Lead MAAPS Board of Directors

Cotting School is proud to share the news that David W. Manzo, our school’s President, was elected President of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (MAAPS). MAAPS is comprised of 87 schools, serving 7,000 students with complex special needs. Manzo will lead a group of committed educators from across the Commonwealth who are dedicated to high quality educational and therapeutic services. He looks forward to continuing MAAPS’ rich history of advocacy. A lifelong educator, Manzo has led two MAAPS member schools, COMPASS (1984-2004) and Cotting (2004-Present). He joined the MAAPS Board of Directors... Read More

Free Conference Registration is Now Available!

Free Conference Registration is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that registration for our Conference, Making Things Possible: Educating the Whole Child, is now available. The Conference will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Cotting School. Don’t miss your chance, register today!  We’ve brought together expert speakers and workshop leaders to share evidence-based, practical strategies in hands-on sessions and discussions throughout the day. In addition, our vendor and resource exhibit areas will provide the opportunity for you to explore technology, services, and equipment. Our hope for the conference is that it becomes a forum to share ideas, inspire each other and connect through conversation.... Read More

Cotting School Represents at MOD Summit!

Cotting School Represents at MOD Summit!

The State House was buzzing last Friday as the Massachusetts Office on Disability hosted the their MOD Summit, with the focus on Employment Opportunities. The purpose of the summit, according to Director David D’Arcangelo, is to ” inspire leaders, advocates, and persons with disabilities to continue the conversation around employment opportunities. Successful employment outcomes foster dignity, self-determination, and independence, which are goals at the core of MOD’s mission.” Cotting President David Manzo was one of the featured speakers, as Cotting has always been a place focused on vocational opportunities for students.  Listen as he talks about former student Dorothy Pace,... Read More

Meet Videographer Luke Terrell, Cotting’s Summer artist-in-residence

Meet Videographer Luke Terrell, Cotting’s Summer artist-in-residence

The Cotting blog sat down Luke Terrell, our artist-in-residence, to hear about his experience documenting folks with disabilities through film, and his time at Cotting. Enjoy! How did you get into documentary work with folks with disabilities? My first intro to the world of disabilities was in high school, through my work at a camp for adults with Muscular Dystrophy.  But then in college, I saw a post about a student needing a notetaker, and that student was Gabe (who had Muscular Dystrophy).  We became close friends. Filmmaking had always been a hobby though, even since childhood.  Gabe knew that, and... Read More

“Athleisure” at Cotting Summer School!

“Athleisure” at Cotting Summer School!

Summer School 2017 is officially underway!  This year’s Summer School theme is “Athleisure,” a blend of “athletic” and “leisure.”  The word has been around since the late 1970s, but it has recently become popularized by the rising trend of stylish activewear. Whether it’s competitive team sports, recreational athletics, yoga for health purposes or workout wear for comfort, we will spend our summer engaging in all things athleisure! In addition to our academic courses, our Lower and Middle School students will be choosing from two Wednesday afternoon activities, Flamenco Dancing or Martial Arts!  We will continue our Friday afternoon soccer games... Read More

Free Conference Registration is Now Available!

Free Conference Registration is Now Available!

We are please to announce that registration for our Conference, Making Things Possible: Educating the Whole Child, is now available. The Conference will take place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Cotting School. Don’t miss your chance, register today!  We’ve brought together expert speakers and workshop leaders to share evidence-based, practical strategies in hands-on sessions and discussions throughout the day. In addition, our vendor and resource exhibit areas will provide the opportunity for you to explore technology, services, and equipment. Our hope for the conference is that it becomes a forum to share ideas, inspire each other and connect through conversation.... Read More

Teen Vogue Feature on Living with a Disability

Teen Vogue Feature on Living with a Disability

Photo credit: Robyn Lambird and Teen Vogue   “Nothing about us, without us” is a commonly heard phrase when it comes to disability representation in the media.  At Cotting, we are proud to feature our students in the arts, athletics, in the classroom, and in the community, and try to incorporate their voice as much as possible.  Our mission is to enable students with disabilities to achieve their independence, and as a community we do our best to enable them to advocate for themselves.  In addition, we host events like the ReelAbilities Film Festival, which sheds light on the talents... Read More

New Electives Enhance Cotting’s Curriculum

New Electives Enhance Cotting’s Curriculum

Choice-making, advocacy, differentiation, and diversity. These are just a few of the reasons why Cotting’s newest version of the elective program has been so popular among students and teachers alike. At 2 pm each Thursday, our Upper School students are engaged in an elective course of their choosing. The addition of elective choices came about after the faculty decided that our Upper School students should have more automony in shaping their own curriculum. The expanded pilot program consists of five courses – FilmMaking, Wood Crafts, Writing, Theater, and French – from which students are able to choose. We sat down... Read More

What is your dream job?

What is your dream job?

When asked about their dream job, Cotting students had plenty to talk about!  Erika Cain, who teaches writing, literacy, and digital story-telling at Cotting, presented this question to her students recently.  She joined us a guest blogger to talk about where this idea all started:   Erika: “The Dream Job board came into being as a result of Back to School Night, and our theme for this year. I wanted to explore the theme “Putting Our Skills to Work to Build Our Best Life.” I had the students first work with a graphic organizer to brainstorm ideas for things that they felt... Read More

Honoring Declan O’Connell

Honoring Declan O’Connell

The sympathy, love, and support of the entire Cotting School community are with the family of Declan O’Connell. Declan was a student here for more than seven years, joining us at the age of 3. Cotting was the only school he knew. Tom and Lara, Declan’s parents, write, “We will be eternally grateful for the joy and love that Cotting brought to Declan and to our entire family. In our minds it is a magical place-almost beyond touch of the normal world-where only good is allowed in.” The O’Connell family has generously requested that memorial donations be made to Cotting School. We at Cotting... Read More

Accessible Materials – Don’t forget about Low Tech!

Accessible Materials – Don’t forget about Low Tech!

Cotting is committed to incorporating cutting-edge technology into the classroom.  But our Curriculum Groups have discovered that sometimes, Low-Tech is the answer.   Our Curriculum Work Groups have been hard at work all year, enhancing and improving instruction for our students.  These groups are collaborative, professional development groups focused on a particular topic that is relevant to our curriculum and instruction. From using new writing tools, to creating accessible materials, to prepping for the MCAS, our faculty small groups have dedicated themselves to finding creative and effective ways to educate at Cotting.   The “Accessible Materials” Curriculum group – comprised... Read More

Annual Report for 2016

Annual Report for 2016

We are delighted to share with you our Annual Report for 2016! We have tried to capture the essence of our amazing students and talented staff through stories of their hard work and perseverance.  Please enjoy reading this report and pass it on to your family and friends via Cotting School’s social media pages. Help us tell the wonderful story that is Cotting School!