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Back-to-School Tips for K-12 Educators

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year! Whether you're finishing your preparation for students to return or already a few weeks into instruction, right now is an exciting and busy time. We support over 300,000 students through 500 district partners across the country each year, and we've compiled a set of back-to-school tips from our educators we'd like to share: Welcome educators, students, and visitors to your building Set the tone for an open, friendly and accepting school culture early on in the year. Greet your teachers, staff members, students and parents each morning as they enter the school. Stand in [...]

2019-09-06T15:09:06-04:00September 6th, 2019|

Back-to-School Tips for Principals (Part 2)

The new school year is well underway – and hopefully off to a great start. As the principal of your school, the tone you set in these early days serves as the foundation for the months to come. You have likely already established habits that promote an open and friendly atmosphere where your presence is welcoming and well-received. While you may be focused on offering help and guidance to your teachers and staff members and showing care and concern for your students’ wellbeing and success, it’s also critical to pay attention to collaboration and learning. This is important not just [...]

2019-09-05T16:33:50-04:00September 3rd, 2019|

Back-to-School Tips for Superintendents (Part 2)

The new school year is well underway. As superintendent of your district, your leadership sets the tone for how the months to come will unfold. You likely have already visited your schools and made contact with all of your principals and teachers. They know you are there to help, offering guidance and assistance any way you can. Routines such as regular sit-downs with your principals and their leadership teams and attendance at faculty meetings can establish your availability as a source of support. Now that the foundation for the year is set and internal connections are being strengthened, it’s time [...]

2019-09-05T16:35:19-04:00September 3rd, 2019|

Back-to-School Tips for Principals (Part 1)

It’s August at last and that means students across the country are back in the classroom. It’s a time when students anticipate new clothes, school supplies, lessons and experiences. Your faculty and staff spent a portion of their summer preparing for a great 2019-20 school year. As principal, you lead the way – listening to your team, responding to requests and creating an environment that fosters success. Through our close relationships with the principals who participate in our coaching programs, we’ve gained insight into the everyday trials and triumphs that back-to-school season can bring. Here are three tips from our [...]

2019-08-12T11:00:40-04:00August 12th, 2019|

Back-to-School Tips for Superintendents (Part 1)

School is in session across the country and that means communities are coming together for the 2019-2020 academic year. Your principals, teachers and staff have already welcomed students back into the classroom. Students are reconnecting with one another and anticipating many new and exciting lessons and experiences. As superintendent, your presence is critical for establishing and maintaining the enthusiasm and momentum for the months to come. Through our close relationships with the superintendents from the districts we support – over 500 from coast to coast – we’ve gained insight into the everyday trials and triumphs that back-to-school season can bring. [...]

2019-08-12T11:00:55-04:00August 12th, 2019|

[Webinar] Leverage Research and Partnerships to Succeed with Every Student!

Partnering with the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, Catapult Learning and Legacy Traditional Schools presented a set of actionable strategies for accessing and leveraging research and partnerships to provide high-quality special education and behavior modification to students most in need. About the Presenters Catapult Learning helps schools achieve sustained academic gains and build teacher and leadership capacity through evidence-based programs that include special education, interventions for struggling students, programming for Title I students, alternative education, school needs assessment, professional development, family support services, and autism-focused programs. Legacy Traditional Schools are public charter schools attended by more than [...]

2019-05-17T12:21:36-04:00May 17th, 2019|

When your child’s education calls for a holistic approach

All students have dynamic needs, but when traditional education isn’t working for your child, it may be time to consider alternatives. Often educators look to add academic or behavioral interventions but fail to program strategies that support students’ holistic needs. When educators take a holistic approach that utilizes an individualized, multifaceted program, students can excel beyond expectations. When a student enters a Catapult Learning program, we find it imperative to get to know the student and parents/guardians and obtain a deep understand of the student’s educational history. This information allows us to customize assessments which will equip us [...]

2019-04-22T13:16:17-04:00April 22nd, 2019|

It’s Time to Reflect on Inclusion

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 59 children in the U.S. are on the autism spectrum. Two years earlier, that statistic was at 1 in 88 children. Despite autism spectrum disorder touching so many families, a large percentage of people don’t realize they’ve likely interacted with people with special needs. And when you consider the increasing number of individuals with autism, it is likely everyone has encountered someone on the spectrum at one time or another. April marks Autism Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise understanding about autism, beyond the statistics. It [...]

2019-04-02T21:50:59-04:00March 29th, 2019|

Year-End Solutions to Support Students and Build Instructor Capacity

According to recent ESSA guidelines, "funds must be obligated for the fiscal year in which they were allocated." At Catapult Learning, we're here to help ensure you get the most from your funding. Allocate your school's year-end funds on turnkey solutions to build teacher capacity and encourage continued academic learning. From motivating instructional programs to customized professional learning, our services are systematically designed to get you the results you need - yet flexible enough to match the format you're interested in. Student Learning Bags (Take-Home Resources) Lending Libraries High-Impact Coaching (for Teachers an Leaders) Professional Development Workshops Summer Programs (including STEM [...]

2019-04-25T15:18:25-04:00March 24th, 2019|

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|