Goshen Community Schools Middle School students are expanding their knowledge about genetic diseases and helping educate the broader community.

A science project designed by 8th grade science teacher, Joe Vance, has students researching, learning, developing empathic response, and creating a website to help inform the public about genetic disorders. In addition to hearing from guest speakers and doing independent research, students are writing narratives imagining what it might be like to be a person with a disability.

For some the project has a very personal connection. Others are learning more about understanding that a person with a disability is a person with a personality, with interests, unique in the same ways every person is unique. The teacher expressed the hope that this project helps move people past the labels and builds a more inclusive community.

The program, featured in a recent ABC 57 story, is a demonstration of the culture of learning that Goshen Middle School students experience.  Follow the link to view the feature story video and learn more about how Goshen Middle School students are helping to educate their community.

This post was created in collaboration with Lori Martin, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent/PR at Goshen Community Schools,  Goshen Middle School describes itself as a “High-Tech Middle School” where students are exposed to all content areas via technology. Creating connections and links for learning helps to propel our journey. The GMS student is encouraged to explore a variety of opportunities in addition to academics, with the goal of discovering and developing his or her own unique gifts. 


Indiana’s urban schools offer Hoosier students a rich array of programs, services, and opportunities. IUSA appreciates the opportunity to share the stories that demonstrate what the schools have to offer and the many successes their students, faculty and staff achieve.


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