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

Tech Updates!

Tech Updates!

Cotting students utilize technology in and out of the classroom to enhance their learning potential and levels of independence.  We are always on the lookout for the latest updates in the field of technology.  Check out a recent post on Google Apps for Education from the Burlington Public Schools Library and Educational Technology Team! Google Apps Updates by Dennis Villano

Tech updates!

Tech updates!

Cotting students utilize technology in and out of the classroom to enhance their learning potential and levels of independence.  We are always on the lookout for the latest updates in the field of technology.  Check out a recent post on Google Apps for Education from the Burlington Public Schools Library and Educational Technology Team!

Solar Energy at Cotting School!

Solar Energy at Cotting School!

Cotting School’s solar energy system is now in operation!  More than 1,350 panels have been installed on our campus, generating power that will ultimately help us control our long-term energy costs. With a continued commitment to using our resources efficiently, Cotting School contracted with IGS Solar, a turn-key commercial and residential solar provider.   IGS Solar financed, owns, and operates the system (364 kW total size), which is designed to meet 62% of our annual power needs.  Solect Energy was responsible for installation and will manage ongoing maintenance of the system. Cotting President Dave Manzo said, “This agreement with IGS Solar... Read More

Amy Houghton and Shannon Kerr – ATAC’s finest!

Amy Houghton and Shannon Kerr – ATAC’s finest!

We recently featured the latest in technology being used in ATAC (Assistive Technology Assessment Center) that is helping so many of our students with their specific learning needs.  Behind much of the great innovation and assessment are Communication Therapist Shannon Kerr and Occupational Therapist Amy Houghton.  Together, Amy and Shannon bring a wealth of experience and passion to ATAC that Cotting is lucky to have! For Shannon, a master’s degree in Speech Pathology at Northeastern led her to Perkins School for the Blind, followed by a couple of years at a Collaborative, before landing at Cotting nine years ago. “I... Read More

What’s New in ATAC?

What’s New in ATAC?

The Dorothy Pace Assistive Technology Assessment Center (ATAC) provides technology-focused assessment, consultation and professional development to improve curriculum access and functional independence to students with a range of physical, communication and learning disabilities, and complex medical conditions. Our talented occupational therapists are always looking for ways that high-tech and low-tech options might better serve our students. Amy Houghton, O.T. team leader recently noticed the limitations placed on our students who often need time in a stander during the school day: “Weight-bearing is good for our kids, but we noticed that they often have to choose between their stander, or their... Read More