Drew Freeman Middle School is a Title 1 school in Prince George's County, Maryland that serves approximately 650 students in 7th and 8th grade. In 2010, Drew was identified as a Turnaround School by the state and since then has been working to improve the opportunities for our students through a data-driven and whole child approach to education. Drew was chosen as one of ten schools in the United States and Guam to participate in the Whole Child Network (WCN) in 2012. The tenets of the WCN include ensuring that every child is healthy, safe, supported, engaged and challenged; with these tenets being the basis for our work, we have used multiple measures to assess our needs. As Drew has progressed we have set many programs in place to meet our goals of being healthy, safe, and supported, but through observations, site visits, and student performance we have determined that our greatest area of need is in engaging and challenging our scholars.
In order to meet our goals of engaging and challenging our scholars we are seeking funding for a Digital Audio and Music Technology Room. This year we are moving to a new, more rigorous curriculum where students are required to show their understanding through different tasks that will include creating authentic products, rather than just paper and pencil application of skills. The Digital Audio and Music Technology Room will provide another medium where students can demonstrate their understanding of classroom content in a variety of authentic ways, such as news shows, musical pieces, and videos. In math, this will support students conceptual knowledge of fractions and units. Finally, the Digital Audio and Music Technology Room will also serve as another modality in which students in need of intervention will be able to access course content and demonstrate understanding that meets their needs.