How School Leaders Are Building Thriving PLTW Gateway Programs

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Best Practices to Successfully Implement Your PLTW Gateway Program

When building out your PLTW Gateway program, keep in mind that the strongest PLTW Gateway programs typically focus on key student-focused priorities. 

These programs provide open PLTW Gateway access to students at all grade levels, ensuring every student gets to experience PLTW. In most strong PLTW Gateway programs, several teachers are trained and actively engaged in the program. In addition, strong PLTW Gateway programs have enthusiastic champions among district and school leaders.  

Why Hawaii Middle-Schoolers Love Their PLTW Class

PLTW Gateway students are making the things they want to create – and their teacher has never seen them more engaged.

“My students are learning more than just how to build and design. They are learning how to communicate, negotiate, compromise, and think critically. They’re using math and don’t even know it. My students are having fun learning and enjoy coming to class. The class challenges them, but in a good way. They struggle, yet work together to overcome the challenge. I love this class, and so do my students.”

Alexandria Vaughn, PLTW Gateway Teacher
Ewa Makai Middle School 
'Ewa Beach, Hawaii 

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Teacher Undergoes “Transformation” Thanks to PLTW Professional Development

Learn how one teacher went from having no formal computer science experience to leading a computer science class so engaging that her students don’t want to leave when the bell rings.

“I feel empowered. And I feel that my students sense that, and they feel empowered.”

Angelica Gunderson, PLTW Gateway Teacher
Los Alisos Middle School
Norwalk, California

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Students Thrive Thanks to District’s PLTW Ramp-Up

Learn why and how one Oklahoma district’s PLTW Gateway student engagement is growing exponentially.

“It has been inspiring to watch how the district’s up-front planning, hard work, and equity-focused policies have resulted in so many students getting access to an engaging learning experience that empowers them to thrive.”

Robin Schott, Vice President
Project Lead The Way

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