Since Dr. Vince Bertram’s appointment in June 2011, Project Lead The Way has experienced record program growth of over 50 percent and flourished to serve the nation in more than 5,000 schools, reaching nearly 600,000 students annually. PLTW has experienced record program growth of nearly 24 percent from the 2012-2013 school year to the 2013-2014 school year. Under his leadership, more than 10,000 PLTW teachers have been trained, sponsor and partner support of PLTW has increased, and the organization was named by the Social Impact Exchange as one of America’s top 100 performing nonprofit organizations. PLTW was recently named by Change The Equation as one of only four organizations it endorses to immediately go to scale nationally.
Among myriad national presentations and appearances, Dr. Bertram has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives about the importance of STEM education in solving America’s skills gap; was a panelist for the Commonwealth Club of California, addressing the topic “Education Beyond Talk: The Amazing Impact of Learning by Doing;” and was featured in a special PLTW segment on Fox News’ “Beyond the Dream” with Kelly Wright.
Prior to joining PLTW, Dr. Bertram was superintendent of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, where he led Indiana’s third-largest urban school district to unprecedented improvements in student achievement, community collaboration, and operational efficiency.
Dr. Bertram is a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable and has held numerous voluntary leadership roles, including chairing the National Council for National Honor Society and serving on the Clinton Global Initiative STEM Working Group, the Junior Achievement Worldwide Blue Ribbon Panel, and the Advance Illinois National Advisory Council, as well as serving as director for several nonprofit boards. His many honors include accepting an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and receiving the Intellectual Contributions/Faculty Tribute Award from his Harvard peers for his contributions to intellectual life at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was named as “Distinguished Hoosier”—one of Indiana’s highest honors—by former Governor Mitch Daniels.
Dr. Bertram earned his doctorate, specialist, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Ball State University, a master’s degree in education policy and management from Harvard University, and an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.