Leading STEM Education Curricular Program Provider Launches “K to Career” Pipeline
Posted: Apr 22 2014HISPANIC.com (October 21, 2013): PLTW is the nation's leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across America.
Our programs engage students in activities, projects and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences allowing students to design, build, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. Our program of study is founded in the fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills taught in traditional career and technical education (CTE), but at the same time integrates national academic and technical learning standards and STEM principles, creating what U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls one of the "great models of the new CTE succeeding all across the country."
When our country ranks 25th in math and science, there's no question that STEM education is the ultimate goal to remain competitive in the global market. It is forecasted that in the years to come the fastest growing occupations lie in STEM related fields so it behooves us to do whatever is in our power to ensure these opportunities are made available for our students.
PLTW ensures every student in Virginia and D.C. receives an outstanding education and a promising career and PLTW has the resources to do so and the record to prove it. The Department of Education in Richmond, the Governor's Office in Richmond, DCPS, DCPCS in addition to many leaders in D.C., are staunch advocates of our program.
In fall 2014, PLTW will launch the newest piece in the “K to career” pipeline – PLTW Elementary. Only weeks away, registration for the elementary program for the 2014-15 school year is targeted to open on November 1, 2013. Our elementary program will build on our core competencies. Students will be problem solvers, working collaboratively to innovate, to consider and test ideas, to make mistakes and learn from them, and to "think outside of the box.” Our teachers will be coaches and facilitators of critical thinking. With the support of PLTW's curriculum, professional development, and assessments, teachers will learn to create a context for learning and how to guide students through. The elementary program will be a robust and flexible program for schools across the country.