Swallow Earns 3 Recognitions for STEM Education

Swallow Earns Three Recognitions for STEM Education
Posted on 07/30/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Swallow Earns Three Recognitions for STEM EducationThe Swallow School District has earned three recognitions from Project Lead The Way (PLTW)--a Distinguished District as well as Distinguished School designations at the elementary and middle levels, for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through both PLTW Launch and Gateway. It is one of just 404 elementary schools and one of 176 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

Superintendent Melissa Thompson commented that, “Our district is honored to be named a Distinguished School District, as well as recognition for both our elementary LAUNCH and middle school Gateway science and engineering programming. Our entire community values the hands-on learning PLTW provides as a foundation for staff and students in this critical area of learning and preparation for the future.”

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Swallow had to offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level and have more than 75 percent of the student body participating during the 2018-19 school year.

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.

“It is a great honor to recognize Swallow for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.”

Swallow is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/program-recognition.

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 the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.
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