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National Pi Day Classroom Activity Incorporating STEM and the Engineering Design Process

Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14 (3/14) as a fun way to commemorate pi (π). March 14th is also Albert Einstein’s birthday. The date represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter — the number that begins with 3.14. The holiday’s official website describes pi as an “irrational and transcendental number” whose decimals “continue infinitely without repetition or pattern.” In 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution designating March 14 as “National Pi Day” to encourage schools to observe the day with age- and grade-appropriate activities that teach students about pi in a [...]

2019-03-14T17:45:32-04:00March 14th, 2019|

[Webinar] Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments

Explore various aspects of school climate and culture that foster safe and supportive learning environments and promote the social emotional well-being of the students. The most effective social and emotional learning (SEL) requires a strategic, systemic approach to creating learning environments that invite cultural competence, promote equity, foster growth mindsets, and cultivate safe and supportive schools.

2019-03-18T12:17:19-04:00March 7th, 2019|

[Webinar] Using the Engineering Design Process to Engage Students

Explore STEM and examine how to provide students with authentic opportunities to engage in meaningful problem solving. In this recent webinar, provided in partnership between Catapult Learning and the National Catholics Educational Association (NCEA), you will also examine how to facilitate inquiry-based lessons that hone key skills, including habits of mind, that your students need to succeed in the 21st century, and apply this new learning to reflect on specific ways to infuse STEM principles in your specific content areas, whether you teach in STEM-related fields or in the humanities.

2019-03-18T12:13:27-04:00February 27th, 2019|

ESEA Conference

Catapult Learning, a leading provider of instructional intervention and professional development solutions that generate academic gains and better life outcomes for students, will be exhibiting at the 2019 National ESEA Conference (formerly, the National Title I Conference). The event, happening through February 2nd in Missouri, is one of the most highly sought-after professional development events of the year. In addition to being the largest conference focused on federal education programs, the conference now includes all programs within the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) affecting disadvantaged students. The 2019 conference will feature a multitude of opportunities for everyone to “Integrate, [...]

2019-01-31T16:08:36-04:00January 31st, 2019|

Educator Spotlight – January

Announcing the January 2019 Educator Spotlight Honorees! The Educator Spotlight is a monthly feature on our Catapult Corner Blog that highlights the teachers, assistants, specialist, coaches, and professionals across the Catapult Learning community who make a positive impact on our students and schools throughout the country. They are our very own shining stars!  The January 2019 Educator Spotlight honorees are: Jennifer Chamberlin, Transition Coordinator, Sierra School at Eastern, Upper Extension, Sacramento, California Aimee Hwang Russo, Transition Coordinator, High Road School of Norwalk, Norwalk, Connecticut Jennifer and Aimee are transition coordinators. Transition coordinators are a valuable link between students’ academic and [...]

2019-02-08T11:04:06-04:00January 31st, 2019|

Educator Spotlight – Remembering Dr. Linda Powers

Dr. Linda Powers, a professional development specialist, passed away on November 18, 2018 in Perry, Oklahoma. Linda was unmatched in her professionalism, her dedication, and her compassion. She will be deeply missed by all who were fortunate to know and love her. To honor our friend and colleague, John Scroggins collected the following remembrances and tributes. He shared these stories with family and friends as they came together in December to celebrate Linda’s life and accomplishments. "Linda Powers was truly a special person. She touched the lives of so many people and everyone who knew her, loved her. As a [...]

2019-01-31T14:28:42-04:00December 4th, 2018|

Catapult Learning Expands Autism Services Through Acquisition of Capital Education Group

Company Combines Educational Programming with In-Home and Clinic-Based Therapy to Accelerate and Improve Outcomes for Children [PR Web] November 14, 2018 (Camden, NJ) – Catapult Learning, the nation’s largest provider of special education and instructional intervention solutions, today announced it acquired Capital Education Group (CEG), a leading provider of behavioral health services and private school programs for children with autism and other specialized learning needs. The CEG acquisition enables Catapult to accelerate the company’s mission of integrating educational and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services, with a goal of improving outcomes for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Capital Education Group’s [...]

2018-11-14T11:07:53-04:00November 13th, 2018|

3 Tips for Effective STEM Instruction

STEM is an engaging, hands-on learning experience driven by inquiry-based learning. Students develop their skills in collaboration, problem solving, and critical thinking to tackle challenges and objectives. With growing career opportunities in STEM-related fields, and the applicability of those 21st Century skills across academic and career disciplines, there is increased attention placed on STEM instruction. Catapult Learning offers supplemental STEM programs and professional learning to support the implementation of effective STEM instructional practices and curriculum. We asked one of our coaches, Jodon Orimaco, to share a few tips he offers to the schools and districts he supports. 1. Organize [...]

2018-11-08T06:50:21-04:00November 8th, 2018|

Sensory-Friendly Movie Night Hosted for Special Education Students

Catapult Learning's High Road School of Wright City hosted a free Halloween-themed Movie Night featuring a sensory-friendly showing of “Hotel Transylvania" attended by 25 people, including students and family members. “During sensory-friendly movies, the lights are left on a little higher. This keeps the contrast of the bright colors on the screen from being so harsh.  The movie volume is turned down a bit as well.” The story was published by 70 West Sentinel in Missouri. Read full article

2018-11-22T14:59:47-04:00November 7th, 2018|