Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School Germantown, Maryland School at a Glance: Total Enrollment 600 Students: ESOL 3.3% FARMS 38.5% SPED 12.2% Racial /Ethnic Composition: Asian 8.7% Black/Afr Am 31.3% Photo credit: Melissa McDonald Hispanic/Latino 26.5% White 27.0% http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/regulatoryaccountability/glance/currentyear/schools/03107.pdf
MissionTo provide a high-quality, world-class education that ensuressuccess for every student through excellence in teaching andlearningVisionA high-quality education is the fundamental right of everychild. All children will receive the respect, encouragement,and opportunities they need to build the knowledge, skills, andattitudes to be successful, contributing members of a globalsociety. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/about/mission /
Our Shared Mission The mission of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School community is a commitment to working together to eliminate the racial predictability of student achievement. Our Shared Vision We have a strong belief in the power of education and that all students can achieve academic success which allows us to inspire and guide students to be lifelong academic leaders and thoughtful citizens who are committed to improving themselves, their community, the country, and the world. Our vision is to be the best middle school in the nation at providing an education that helps every student in our community reach their full potential. Our Shared Core Values Respect - Showing consideration and appreciation for ourselves, others, and the environment. Responsibility - Being accountable for our actions. Integrity - Doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/mlkms/aboutus /
Teacher indicated that her students’ abilities range from below grade reading level to gifted students. Class includes ESOL One, Two, and Three students. Special education students (including learning center students) Students with 504 plans Student reading levels range from grade 3 to college level.
The diverse reading levels of the students are particularly challenging to the research process. The project is highly differentiated; below level readers will have elementary level resource books copies of book pages with highlighted text, a direct support from the paraeducator. Kurzweil 3000, an educational assistive technology tool, can be utilized to support struggling readers as they use these print resources. • Gifted students are expected to research a wider scope of the project and present using a Web 2.0 tool.
Research Project on Ancient African Societies Mbuti, Hausa, Maasai, Fulani, Songhay, Akamba, Sonnike, Zulu, Asante, San, or Mali. The Project: Students will research one aspect of one African society of the Middle Ages 500-1550 A.D. Students will take notes and collect images that reflect the society being researched. Students will cite all of their sources using the NoodleTools website. Students will create a detailed paragraph(s) from their notes and a Web 2.0 presentation or a decorated poster that depicts visually important information about the society.
7th Grade World Studies The Standards MSDE World History: Summarize the importance of the geography, political, economic, and social life of African societies in the middle ages. AASL: 1.1.4 Find, evaluate, and select appropriate sources to answer questions. 1.2.3 Demonstrate creativity by using multiple resources and formats. 1.3.1 Respect copyright/intellectual property rights of creators and producers. 1.1.5 Evaluate information found in selected sources on the basis of accuracy, validity, and appropriateness to needs, importance, and social and cultural context. 2.1.2 Organize knowledge so that it is useful. 2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings. 3.1.1 Conclude an inquiry-based research process by sharing new understandings and reflecting on the learning. 3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess. 3.4.2 Assess the quality and effectiveness of the learning product.