Project Lead The Way Recognizes Exemplary PLTW Programs with Distinguished School and District Awards

340 schools and 31 districts receive top honors for their commitment to student access and engagement

INDIANAPOLIS – Project Lead The Way (PLTW) today announced the 2017-18 Distinguished Districts and Schools that have demonstrated their commitment to student engagement and access.

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 an evolving world and have achieved exemplary results from their PLTW programs.

“It is a great honor to recognize these schools and districts for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, president and CEO of PLTW. “These are the leaders in what education should look like, and they should be very proud of ensuring students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

The PLTW Distinguished District recognition is a one-year designation that emphasizes K-12 student engagement. To receive the designation, a district must have had 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 both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. As PLTW students progress through grades K-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 2017-18 PLTW Distinguished Schools and Districts, click here.

 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and 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. More than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit


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