INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Project Lead The Way (PLTW) announced today the 2020-21 Distinguished Districts and Schools that have demonstrated their commitment to student engagement and access through hands-on, interdisciplinary STEM-based curriculum.
PLTW’s recognition program is designed to honor districts and schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. The schools and districts recognized are empowering students to thrive in life beyond the classroom and have achieved exemplary results from their PLTW programs.
“It is a great honor to recognize districts and schools all across the country for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an exceptional educational experience despite the unusual circumstances and unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the educational landscape this past year,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their achievements of unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be career ready no matter what path they choose.”
The PLTW Distinguished District recognition is a one-year designation that emphasizes K-12 student engagement. To receive this designation, a district must have 20 percent or more of the students in each grade, K-12, participate in a PLTW program during the previous school year.
The PLTW Distinguished School recognition is for PLTW Launch (K-5), PLTW Gateway (6-8), and high school programs (9-12), and is based on the number of PLTW curricular offerings available to students, the number of students engaged in PLTW, and student success in their PLTW coursework.
Through PLTW programs, students develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills that they will use in an evolving world with any career path they choose. As PLTW students progress through grades PreK-12, they are empowered to engage in problem-solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities.
To view the list of 2020-21 PLTW Distinguished Districts and Schools, click here.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 12,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on PLTW, visit pltw.org.