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

Partnering Up with Parents During Back to School

Partnering Up with Parents During Back to School

The back to school season for 2020-2021 has taken on a different look and feel from previous years. Parents everywhere have been in discussions about reopening plans, remote vs. in-person school decisions, and are staying on top of news from teachers and administrators more than ever. A time of year that has been routine and even celebratory for parents is looking different in every school community. In a typical year, once summer ends, it can feel good to settle back into a normal schedule including back to school routines. It’s important to acknowledge that this year is different and to... Read More

A Key to the “Cotting Way”

A Key to the “Cotting Way”

At Cotting School we herald the long tenure many of our teachers and staff celebrate. In September of 2020 we were proud to unveil a new item permanently installed as part of the Cotting School History Wall Display in the main school building of our current location in Lexington, Massachusetts. The new installation features a key to one of the classrooms from the original Cotting School building located at 241 St. Botolph Street in Boston, Massachusetts. They key was used for many years by Jim Tanner, an extraordinary educator who retired from Cotting School in June of 2020. In 1974,... Read More

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