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|

Learning Made Fun with Sierra Academy

NBC 12News in Arizona spoke with Lenora King, director of the Sierra Academy of Scottsdale about our staffs passion for our students, our individualized approach to education, and what's new and exciting at Sierra Academy!. “We put our kids at the forefront of everything we do." –Lenora King, director of the Sierra Academy of Scottsdale Watch the video

2019-02-26T11:55:04-04:00January 30th, 2019|

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 [...]

2019-01-25T09:53:47-04:00January 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 [...]

2019-01-22T14:29:19-04:00January 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.” [...]

2019-01-18T10:09:53-04:00January 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

2019-01-05T21:42:20-04:00December 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

2018-12-05T11:34:36-04:00December 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 [...]

2018-11-29T16:19:31-04:00November 29th, 2018|