5 Lessons Amidst Remote Teaching at Cotting School

5 Lessons Amidst Remote Teaching at Cotting School

As we embark on our first-ever, hybrid, extended year summer program with a balance of in-school and remote offerings for Cotting School students, we want to reflect on the past several months of distance learning in the 2019-2020 school year or “school for home” as we have called it. When remote school became a reality for the safety of students and staff all over the world, Cotting School dove into the deep end and quickly adapted plans to encompass as much of a regular day at Cotting as possible. With full 5 days a week schedules filled with class activities,... Read More

Cotting Persists During Uncertain Times

Cotting Persists During Uncertain Times

  We’re proud to say that Cotting was ahead of the curve in its response to the pandemic, serving as a model for other area schools. While the building remains closed, the Cotting spirit never wavers. Classroom teachers and therapists host their own Google Classroom sites to make learning easily accessible. Teachers continue to meet with their classes consistently, and are also offering one-on-one meetings to offer encouragement and help students feel connected. In a similar way, our therapists are providing services remotely, and our mental health team holds virtual parent meetings to answer questions and offer support. Our online... 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

Alana Russo ’03

Alana Russo ’03

Read about Cotting Alumna Alana Russo! cotting.org/alana

The Cotting Curriculum: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

The Cotting Curriculum: A Cross-Disciplinary Approach

Cotting teachers Andy Lindblad and John Meredith are bringing their Capstone students to the intersection of Science and History. This cross-disciplinary approach to teaching is popular at many schools and colleges that serve students of all abilities across the state. Andy and John saw an opportunity to join peer faculty at these other schools by creating a joint curriculum for our Capstone students. “At the Capstone level, we have a bit more freedom with our curriculum planning, and that’s when we realized we could combine our lesson-planning to enrich both disciplines for our students.” Andy and John, our resident Science... Read More

Don’t Blink!

Don’t Blink!

Don’t Blink! A Cotting Parent Connects Blog It was only yesterday that Lucas arrived for his first day as a Cotting School student. We had heard about Cotting when Lucas was about 8 years old. We knew the program at Cotting aligned with what Lucas needed in order to reach his full potential. The day we got the letter saying Lucas would be attending Cotting School was one of the happiest days of our lives!  We still have the letter and look at it every now and then.  It still holds the same joy we felt on the day we... Read More

The HOPEhouse Difference

The HOPEhouse Difference

“HOPEhouse is amazing” says LeeAnna Pallett.  “This is exactly what we were looking for for Belle, and it doesn’t exist anywhere else.  She feels like she belongs there.  It just clicks.” HOPEhouse services are not only unmatched, but critical to the transition that young adults are preparing to make when they turn 22. The Pallett family knew soon after she moved in that HOPEhouse would be the best place for Belle to practice independence and learn transition life-skills.  Because she is away from home Monday through Friday, Belle’s family is noting her progress when she returns home each weekend.  “Belle... Read More

Can We Communicate?

Can We Communicate?

Can We Communicate? A Cotting Parents Connect Blog On our first visit to Cotting School as a potential school for our son Liam, one of the things we were most excited about was the inclusion of Communication Therapists in the day school program. Of course our son’s IEP still called for ‘speech therapy’ but communication has always been our primary goal. An immersive communication environment was exactly what we wanted and found for him at Cotting School. A focus on Communication Therapy is an especially important aspect of programming for students at Cotting School. Approximately 30% of the Cotting School... Read More

Get Stumped! Support an Amazing School

Get Stumped! Support an Amazing School

JOIN US FRIDAY, JANUARY 10th! How does a night of Stump! Trivia, great food and drink, raffle prizes, and a silent auction sound? Great, of course…and even better when you’re playing for the students at Cotting School! Grab your co-workers! Come to Game On! Friday, January 10th, 2020 at 6pm.     Cotting School serves students ages 3-22 with moderate to severe physical and cognitive disabilities.  Our students come from over 70 towns around Boston to take advantage of our outstanding faculty, differentiated curriculum, comprehensive therapies, and boundless co-curricular opportunities.  For many of our students, making friends and joining the... 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