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Celebrating Districts and Schools Committed to Unlocking Student Potential Through PLTW Programs

PLTW empowers millions of students across the U.S. to unlock their potential by developing the in-demand, real-world knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom.

PLTW Distinguished Program Recognition celebrates districts and schools committed to helping students own their education by increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs.

While the 2019-20 school year included some unique and unexpected challenges, we remain committed to recognizing and celebrating your achievements despite the unusual circumstances.

PLTW Distinguished District

At least 20 percent of students in each grade, K-12, participated in a PLTW program during the 2019-20 school year OR each school within the district meets that PLTW Distinguished School Program criteria for the 2019-20 school year.

Please Note: For the purpose of this recognition, we define “district” as all K-12 schools in a school system comprised of two or more individual schools.

PLTW Distinguished School

PLTW Launch Program (K-5)

  • Your school offered at least one PLTW Launch module in each grade (K-5) during the 2019-20 school year.
  • At least 75 percent of students in your school participated in at least one PLTW Launch module during the 2019-20 school year


PLTW Gateway Program (6-8)

  • Your school offered at least one PLTW Gateway unit in each grade (6-8) during the 2019-20 school year.
  • At least 50 percent of students in your school participated in a PLTW Gateway unit during the 2019-20 school year.
  • At least 25 percent of students who participated in a PLTW Gateway unit during the 2019-20 school year also participated in at least one other PLTW Gateway unit (two or more units total) during their tenure at your school.
  • Your school has strategies and/or procedures in place to support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender, etc.

High School Program (9-12)

  • Your school offered, and had students enrolled, in at least three PLTW High School courses from any pathway during the 2019-20 school year.
  • At least 25 percent of students in your school participated in PLTW High School courses from any pathway during the 2019-20 school year OR at least 33 percent of those students who participated during the 2019-20 school year took at least two PLTW courses during their tenure at your school.
  • Your school has strategies and/or procedures in place to support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender, etc.

Submission Guidelines and Instructions

To be eligible for the PLTW Distinguished Program Recognition, a PLTW Program Coordinator or Site Coordinator must submit all required information on the eligibility form in myPLTW by May 3, 2021. PLTW will announce the results in June 2021. You must complete a separate eligibility form for each school with data and information from the 2019-20 school year. All information should be accurately and honestly provided. PLTW will review all submitted data and information against PLTW data, including but not limited to, PLTW rostering data, NCES data, active PLTW programs, etc.

We're excited to share that eligibility forms for the 2020-21 awards are now open. PLTW Program Coordinators and Site Coordinators can complete the eligibility form in their myPLTW account.

Have questions about the PLTW Distinguished Program Recognition?

We’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to share more about the PLTW Distinguished Program Recognition and help you complete the eligibility form.

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