Catapult Learning EduBlog

[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|

[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|

The Importance of Empathy in Our Work with Students with Special Needs

A debate currently rages about the nature of autism. Within this debate are two important questions: Is autism a disorder to be treated? Or should society be treated to fit the needs of everyone? Like other writers who try to avoid falling into the pit of political despair, this blog will serve only to say what Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would say—“It doesn’t matter!” for our day-to-day activities. I know what you’re thinking—“What a crock!” “Take a stance!” “Stir the pot!”—but my goal is not to figure out everything there is to know about people with autism, whether you see it [...]

2019-03-01T21:38:09-04:00February 1st, 2019|

When Your Child’s Behavior Becomes Extreme

When children refuse to clean up their toys or eat their vegetables, most parents know how to best handle the situation. But what if a child’s reaction to appropriate consequences is extreme, escalating to physical aggression and even property damage and making the home unsafe? This type of conduct could be the sign of emotional/behavioral issues that need to be addressed for the best interest of the child, parents and other members of the family. When children act out in these ways, it can be very disconcerting for everyone involved. Parents often take on blame and can feel too ashamed [...]

2019-03-01T21:31:42-04:00January 19th, 2019|

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|