Summer School Enrollment Increases for St. Joseph School District

The St. Joseph School District said the number of students enrolled in summer school for 2019 has increased since last year. The district gave credit for the increase to their new summer school provider, Catapult Learning. They said 1,300 more students have signed up for summer classes compared to 2018. "We're really excited about how that has drummed up interest in summer school for our family and students” -Marlie Williams, assistant superintendent of academic services This story was published by kq2.com. Read full article

2019-05-20T13:52:45-04:00May 20th, 2019|

SJSD Sets Sights on Summer School

As the final day of classes approaches, those in the St. Joseph School District are gearing up for a new summer school program. Summer Journeys through the company Catapult Learning LLC is different from the district’s in-house programs of the past, focusing on STEM-based projects and classes like robotics and rockets. Catapult provides the curriculum, resources and supplies that teachers and the district can keep well after the summer classes have ended. “The fact that we’re offering at every school has had that impact on our numbers as well as the incentives being offered” -Michele Norman, District’s Director of Elementary [...]

2019-05-16T16:38:33-04:00May 16th, 2019|

Aurora Day School holds prom for students with autism in Peoria

Good Morning AZ visited the Aurora Day School on Friday April 26th to take in the sights and sounds of their 2019 Prom! The students were so excited to be able to celebrate their prom together and everyone worked hard on the theme "A Night In Paris" as well as on decorations. “It’s so important because many of our kids don’t take part in their home school proms so we are really excited to be able to put this event on for them." – RoxAnne Williford, Director, Aurora Day School Read the Story

2019-04-27T22:08:14-04:00April 27th, 2019|

Helping Students With Autism Reach Their Goals

Amy Farmer, Education Director at B.E.S.T. Academy, recently wrote an opinion piece in the The CT Mirror entitled "Helping Students With Autism Reach Their Goals." "While our students might interpret the world differently, their thoughts, fears and hopes are no less important. It’s part of our job to ensure they reach their goals. Our students aged 18 to 21 are about to enter the real world. That can be very scary to the families we serve. To help our students prepare, we encourage participation in our Transition program, which provides the opportunity to gain real jobs skills while working for [...]

2019-04-24T22:21:04-04:00April 24th, 2019|

Op-Ed: Learn About Individuals With Autism

Thomas Roberts, Program Director of the Sierra School at Main Street, recently wrote an opinion piece in the The Daily Camera entitled "Learn About Individuals With Autism." "April marks Autism Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise understanding, beyond the statistics, about people who are differently abled. It is about real people — children, adults and families affected. As a community, it’s important to take time to pause and learn more about this integral part of our population. Inclusion is important for everyone and individuals with autism should not be left out." – Thomas Roberts, Program Director, Sierra School of Main [...]

2019-04-24T22:10:59-04:00April 24th, 2019|

Autism Isn’t a Defining Characteristic for Those on The Spectrum

Brandi Eagling, Program Director of the Sierra Academy of San Diego, recently wrote a opinion piece in the Times of San Diego entitled "Autism Isn’t a Defining Characteristic for Those on The Spectrum." In the piece, Brandi explains how people sometimes do not see all the ways our students can contribute. Autism Awareness Month is a time to shed light on their abilities, and how we can embrace and include them. Their inclusion is beneficial for everyone. "Autism isn’t a label that defines my students. One thing that I would like everyone to know about kids with autism is that [...]

2019-04-24T21:55:32-04:00April 24th, 2019|

Preparing Students for Independence

Aaron O'Neil, Program Director of the High Road School of Wright City, recently wrote a letter to the editor of the Warren County Record entitled "Preparing Students for Independence." In this letter, Aaron discussed the importance of the work he and his staff do to prepare their students for life beyond the classroom. "We work to ensure our students have the resources, knowledge and confidence to enter the workforce. Individualized career assessments, mock interviews, training programs and assistance with local job placement are integrated into our curriculum. Our team strives to help our students become happy, productive members of society [...]

2019-04-24T21:40:15-04:00April 23rd, 2019|

A new partnership that will change the way teachers across the country teach reading

A new collaboration between The University of Oregon and Catapult Learning is laying the foundation for improving curriculum and teaching approaches in schools across the country. With proven results, the program is gaining so much interest that there is already a backlog in training requests. “ A new partnership between the UO’s Center on Teaching and Learning and Catapult will change the way teachers across the country teach reading.” The story was published by Around the O at The University or Oregon. Read full article

2019-04-03T21:04:33-04:00April 3rd, 2019|

Bridgeport Barber Hopes to Inspire Youth to Pursue His Craft

Jason Donalson is a barber at the Cuttin Edge Barber Shop in Bridgeport. He has been working with at-risk youth for years, some with learning disabilities, autism and physical limitations. On Wednesday morning students from the High Road School in Wallingford stopped by for a free haircut, while learning about the trade as a potential career path. Watch the video

2019-02-27T09:39:08-04:00February 25th, 2019|