Authors: Torian Billings, Theresa Thompson, Sarah Cermak (Entenman)

This PD Program is designed for 5-6 grade general ed teachers who teach social studies. The demographic characteristics of the school for which we will be conducting this program to is:

429 students attended Washington Woods Middle School in the 2009-2010 school year.
There were 23 teachers on staff, giving Washington Woods Middle School a student-teacher ratio of 1:18

6th Grade - 211Students
WashingtonWoods Middle School 6th Grade had 248 students
WashingtonWoods Middle School 6th Grade had 248 students

5th Grade - 218 Students
WashingtonWoods Middle School 5th Grade had 204 students
WashingtonWoods Middle School 5th Grade had 204 students

Latino - 5.3%
5.3% ofWashington Woods Middle School's students are Latino
5.3% ofWashington Woods Middle School's students are Latino

White - 79.6%
79.6% ofWashington Woods Middle School's students are Caucasian
79.6% ofWashington Woods Middle School's students are Caucasian

Black - 11.1%
11.1% ofWashington Woods Middle School's students are of African descent
11.1% ofWashington Woods Middle School's students are of African descent

Asian - 1.3%

19% of students are eligible for free lunch
6% of students are eligible for reduced lunch
0% migrant students enrolled

District Total Revenue $65,349,00
District Expenditure $60,283,000
District Revenue / Student $10,873
District Expenditure / Student $10,030

Average Household size 2.6 persons
Median Household Income $49,187
Test Scores
Fifth Grade
Math:
school 81%
district 79%
state 80%

Reading:
school 87%
district 85%
state 85%

Science:
school 77%
district 76%
state 81%

Sixth Grade
Math:
school 88%
district 87%
state 82%

Reading:
school 92%
district 90%
state 88%

Social Studies:
school 80%
district 78%
state 73%

Technology available in the classrooms:
computer
elmo
some classrooms have smartboards
school has a technology room with 30 computers
school has a cow (portable computer lab on wheels) with 30 laptops

Overall Goals for the 18-hour PD program
  • Teachers will understand the importance of teaching social studies to students with special needs.
  • Teachers will learn principles of Universal Design for Learning and implement these principles in their classrooms.
  • Teachers will learn how to focus on big ideas to create unit plans using a Pyramid Planning tool and the Unit Organizer Routine.
  • Teachers will learn about and incorporate Content Enhancement Strategies into their classrooms.
  • Teachers will acquire vocabulary strategies as they pertain to social studies.
  • Teachers will explore outside resources to supplement the social studies curriculum to reach a wide range of learners.