DoDEA Selects Catapult Learning to provide special education services

By Emily Bader
Camden | Sep 6, 2019 at 3:00 am

Catapult Learning, a Camden-based provider of special education solutions, announced Thursday the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity has awarded it a contract to provide professional learning services to special education teachers.

The program will focus on the use of Dynamic Learning Maps Essential Elements standards for teaching K-12 students with significant cognitive disabilities.

DoDEA is a federally operated pre-K 12 school system located in 164 schools throughout 11 countries, seven states, Guam and Puerto Rico. It serves more than 71,000 children of active duty military and DoD civilian families.

The instruction will consist of a series of virtual workshops, beginning this October, for 137 DoDEA special educators in Europe, the Pacific and the Americas.

“Designing rigorous, high-quality learning experiences for students with severe cognitive disabilities poses unique challenges for teachers,” Jeffrey Cohen, CEO of Catapult Learning, said. “Our team of experts has a proven track record of understanding the specific needs of these students and training teachers on how to positively impact their education and quality of life.”

The program is broken down into three phases: Years one and two on mathematics; years three and four on literacy; and year five on science and social studies.

“At Catapult Learning, we have a deep understanding of meeting the academic and social needs of special education students coupled with developing and delivering professional learning for teachers,” Diane Rymer, vice president of operations, Catapult, said. “Additionally, our long-standing relationship with DoDEA has enabled us to acquire insight into the specific needs of students with military connections.”

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | emilybader