Friendship Academy Students Thrive in Blended Learning Model

friendship academy student learning with teacher via a SmartBoard in the classroom

As the school day begins, students wait patiently in their buses outside of Friendship Academy while staff assemble to greet them and escort them to their classrooms. Students attend school in-person two days a week in the blended learning model Friendship Academy has adopted this school year in the wake of COVID-19.  Within the classroom, […]

Supporting Parents of Children with Special Needs

families of students at Watson gather for a parent support group brunch in the decorated cafeteria

At the Watson Institute, we share the goal of our students’ parents – helping their child succeed. We know that in order for our students to be successful, we also need to support their families. One of the ways we do this is through our parent support groups. Parent Support Groups at Watson Nearly 30 […]

Supporting Students through Virtual Learning

student viewing virtual lessons on smart phone device

At the Watson Institute, helping students with special needs achieve their academic and developmental goals is our priority. Although schools were closed in the second half of the school year for in-person learning, educators at the Watson Institute adapted their approach to ensure our students still received the educational lessons and support they needed to […]

A letter from Barry W. Bohn, President & CEO of the Watson Institute

In recent weeks, our country has been torn by the events related to the death of George Floyd and similar incidents of racial inequities. The Watson Institute stands in solidarity with our students, families, and staff members of color […]

Transitioning to Virtual Learning

Teachers and students faces are pictured during a video chat

Since the global pandemic caused schools to shift to a remote virtual learning approach, Watson’s students and educators have worked to adapt to new routines. Recently, a special education teacher in the Watson Institute Social Center for Academic Achievement (WISCA) program, Sydney Larner, shared her thoughts on how virtual learning has impacted her team and […]

COVID-19 – Educators: We’re All in This Together

educator playing with child on the floor using colorful toys

Educators, we exist in a time of extreme firsts. First time on lockdown, first time homeschooling, first time learning virtually, first time teaching virtually. We struggle to keep a semblance of normality in a time that is distinctly not normal. COVID-19 turned our world upside down, shook it, and then put it in a headlock. […]

Incorporating STEAM Learning into Special Education Curriculum

students work together on model engine project in classroom

Prior to the global pandemic, at the Watson Institute’s WISCA special education school, students with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder learned through a combined approach of in-class instruction and support alongside an online curriculum tailored to meet their individualized needs. Special education teachers at WISCA utilize a variety of methods to help their students learn academically […]

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

At the Watson Institute, the health and safety of our students, staff and team members is our number one priority.  To support our students and families, we are providing learning options that are best suited to meet our students’ needs. The resources below are provided to support students and families. Resources for Students and Parents […]

Thoughts for Families in a Hard Time

children holding hands

To the families of a child with exceptionalities, caregivers, and newly designated homeschoolers. We’re all in this together. You face a time of extreme stress. Between working full-time and supporting your child’s education and therapies, you may feel lost or burned out. I don’t want to add to the noise of the advice you currently […]

Watson Institute Continuity of Education Plan

The goal of Watson’s Continuity of Education Plan is to present lessons and activities to students and their families in the form of Planned Instruction and Review and Enrichment. We are committed to support our students and families whom, as all of us, have had many changes in their lives. We seek to provide education to our students so they can reach their potential in all aspects of their lives. […]