Special Education Technology in Classroom Learning


The Watson Institute’s special education teachers and instructional aides create high-quality learning environments in the classrooms, adapting daily activities to meet each students’ needs. One of the many ways Watson staff adapt to the students’ needs is through utilization of special education technology in the classrooms – such as smart boards, iPads, and iPad apps. … Read More

Special Education School Programs – A Year in Review

Kids in a classroom

With its many special education school programs, the Watson Institute wants to proudly ‘brag-on’ the many student accomplishments over this past school year. This has been an exciting year for the Watson Institute! In September 2015, we broke ground on the site where our brand new Education Center South will be opening in South Fayette … Read More

Support for the Family of Children with Special Needs

Hurt Family

At the Watson Institute, in addition to providing high quality special education and support services to our students, many of whom have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, neurological impairment, or developmental disability, we also work to support the family unit as a whole. Stacy Hurt, mother of Emmett, a student at the Watson Institute’s Education Center, recently shared … Read More

Art Helps Students with Behavior Disorders

Art Helps Students with Behavior Disorders

Thirteen students at the Watson Institute’s Friendship Academy, a special education school serving students with behavior disorders and emotional challenges, were recently given the opportunity to express their hopes and dreams for the future through an art project. Working in collaboration with Sean Beauford, the Art Curator at Studio AM in Garfield, the students were … Read More

Request for Food Service Management Proposals

Legal Notice – Attention: Food Service Management Companies The Watson Institute is requesting proposals for school food service management services. The Food Service Management Company will provide management services according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations and guidelines, as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Education policies and guidelines. Food Service Management Companies … Read More

Summer Food Programs

Are you the parent of a child or teen age 18 years and younger? Are you looking for summer food programs in your area? We understand that summer can be hard for some families, especially when it comes to meals. If you are looking for a summer feeding program in your area, call 2-1-1 to get … Read More

Art in Special Education Classrooms

Student art show

Art is incorporated into the student’s special education plans and is an integral part of students’ education at the Watson Institute’s Education Center Sewickley. Jesse Kisner, Watson’s art instructor, incorporates projects into the students’ art classes that allow them to express themselves through a variety of mediums. “I love to encourage creative expression and exploration with … Read More

Sensory-Friendly Special Education Classroom Activities

At the Watson Institute, sensory-friendly experiences are incorporated into special education classroom activities. This weekend, a local theater company is inviting middle and high school aged students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder or sensory sensitivity and their families to attend a sensory-friendly play performance. Prime Stage Theatre is presenting a sensory-friendly performance of “The Giver” … Read More

Watson Students & City Theatre Partner

City Theatre Actors read student-written scripts

Students from the Watson Institute’s Friendship Academy partnered again with the City Theatre’s professional teaching artists as they read through student-written plays recently as they presented “An Afternoon of One-Act Plays” at the school. Special education teachers at Watson build creative learning opportunities into classroom projects, such as this Playwright Discovery Program and City Theatre … Read More

Students Learn Life Skills Through Animal Friends Project

2 students dog toys

Students at the Education Center Sewickley recently worked on a project, making and selling dog toys to benefit a local animal shelter, Animal Friends. Starting in February, students in Michelle Hartley’s classroom, which focuses on improving life skills, began collecting donated t-shirts from staff so they could rip them into strips and braid them together, … Read More