University of Oregon Ed. Research Lab Partners With Catapult Learning

In EdWeek Market Brief, CEO of Catapult Learning Jeff Cohen as well as Hank Fien, the director of the University of Oregon's Center on Teaching and Learning recently discussed the newly formed Institute for Scaling Evidence-Based Education. Initially, the partnership will focus on ramping up the reach of the center’s Enhanced Core Reading Instruction program. The reading program focuses on using explicit and systematic instruction, teacher modeling, practice, and review. Catapult Learning will provide professional development for the reading program, support with implementation, and other work, such as marketing it to schools. But over time, both Fien and Catapult Learning [...]

2019-01-25T09:53:47+00:00January 25th, 2019|

Gabriel’s Angels offers a safe space for at-risk students to learn

The Arizona Republic visited Aurora Day School to highlight the great work our students and Gabriel's Angels are doing. Gabriel's Angels is a nonprofit which provides animal-assisted activities which involve dogs and other animals in recreational and educational programs. Over the course of 18 weeks, students spend 15-20 minutes a week reading with the dogs which leads to increasing their confidence in a safe space where our students thrive. “Zane used to struggle with reading, but when he started working with Michelle and Caymus, all of a sudden, he really blossomed." –Robin Puckett, an Aurora school therapist Read the story [...]

2019-01-22T14:29:19+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

STCC gives High Road School of Hartford students glimpse of future careers

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield Technical Community College provided career training to students from High Road School of Hartford. STCC's Workforce Development Center made it possible for students from the High Road School to get a sample of EMT training on Tuesday. Students also attended a modern advanced manufacturing machine shop to learn all about fidget spinners. “We do promote them to try for community college because I'm the first student to go to school in my family. It's kind of scary when you don't have a role model to show you the ropes. I want to be that for my students.” [...]

2019-01-18T10:09:53+00:00January 18th, 2019|

B.E.S.T. Academy uses robot to help students with autism

WFSB Eyewitness 3 visited the B.E.S.T. Academy in Wallingford, CT to learn more about Milo, a robot designed to assist students with autism. Milo is being utilized at B.E.S.T. Academy to help students with greetings, staying calm, and how to speak to other people.“The students engaged are making rapid progress, they're remember their skills from the lesson before. They're able to use them.” –Kyli Jones, social worker at B.E.S.T. AcademyThe story and video were published by WFSB Eyewitness 3 Read full article and watch the video

2019-01-05T21:42:20+00:00December 8th, 2018|

High Road School of Norwalk hosts Turkey Feast

High Road School of Norwalk hosted their annual Thanksgiving Feast on November 20th. Staff, students, teachers, and parents enjoyed a great feast provided by the school. “The best part about doing this with special needs kids is it shows the kids that family, friends and the community are all a part of the village that helps them.” – Aimee Russo, transition coordinator, High Road School of Norwalk The story was published by The Hour. Read full article

2018-12-05T11:34:36+00:00December 5th, 2018|

High Road Academy Impacts The Lives Of Special Education Students

Tim Martin and Jordan Pugh, directors at High Road Academy in Laurel, Maryland spoke with the Prince George Sentinel about their school, how the first began their careers in special education, and their passion for serving students who haven't found success in the typical classroom. “ For our students who have significant academic deficits, it is imperative that they can find and receive a free public education that meets their needs and has individualized instruction that can be provided in a small group setting with low student to teacher ratios.” The story was published by The Sentinel in Maryland. Read full article [...]

2018-11-29T16:19:31+00:00November 29th, 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+00:00November 7th, 2018|

The Prince George’s Post Featured High Road Academy Co-Directors

In recognition of October being  Learning Disabilities Awareness Month, co-directors of High Road Academy, Laurel contributed to the Prince George's Post article "A Little Awareness - and Support - Goes a Long Way." Tim Martin and Jordan Pugh share, "As co-directors of the High Road Academy in Laurel, a school that serves about 70 students in grades 5 through 12 with exceptionalities including but not limited to autism and ADHD, we believe—and have seen—that every child has the ability to reach his or her full potential." Click here to read the article Credits: Published in The Prince George's Post for their October 25-31st edition. [...]

2018-11-29T16:13:35+00:00October 23rd, 2018|

“Parents, help is here” – Warren County Record

Aaron O'Neal, the Program Director High Road School of Wright City, shares advice for parents of K-12 students who are struggling with behavior management. In the article "Parents, help is here" posted by the Warren County Record O'Neal provides steps to address emotional and behavioral issues which could be caused by a learning difference or emotional disturbance. "In these situations, parents often take on blame and can feel too ashamed to ask for help. But as the program director of the High Road School of Wright City, a school for K-12 students with special needs, let me assure parents that resources are [...]

2018-10-19T13:54:07+00:00October 19th, 2018|

Catapult Learning’s Summer School Program Gets High Remarks

Through a three year partnership with the Maryville R-II School District (Maryville, MO), we are excited about the high student retention (91 percent) and daily attendance increases (80 to 91 percent) as we completed our second year of the program. Read what Superintendent Becky Albrecht shared about our student incentive program and parent satisfaction survey results in the article titled Maryville R-II summer school gets high marks published by The Maryville Forum and authored by Phil Cobb (September 28,2018). "A survey or parents saw 293 respondents, of which 99.3 percent said, 'they would recommend the program to other parents.'" Read Full [...]

2018-10-23T22:09:37+00:00October 3rd, 2018|