- Liberty 53 School District
Schools Receive PLTW Distinction
Four LPS Schools Receive National Recognition
for Commitment to Empowering Students
Lewis and Clark Elementary, Discovery Middle School, Liberty H.S., and Liberty North H.S. Named Distinguished Schools for STEM and Career Learning Program
Liberty Public Schools is proud to announce that four schools in the district have been recognized as Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished Schools for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW LaunchTM. Lewis and Clark Elementary has been selected and is one of just 97 elementary schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. Discovery Middle School has received this designation, making them one of only 110 middle schools to be honored. In addition, both Liberty High School and Liberty North High School were selected, becoming two of only 133 high schools nation-wide to receive this distinction. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S.
“We are excited to be able to offer this program across all of our schools,” said LPS Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Tucker. “We have seen the benefits of increased engagement and creativity in our students through PLTW learning opportunities”.
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 at the elementary level, the schools named 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 2016-17 school year. To be eligible at the middle school level, schools needed to offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level; have more than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-2017 school year; and have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units. At the high school level, designation criteria needed to include the following: offer at least three PLTW courses; have 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses; and have 70 percent of students or more earn a Proficient or higher on PLTW End-of-Course Assessments, or 10 percent of students earn the AP + PLTW Student Achievement.
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 these four LPS schools for their commitment to students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model for what schools 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.”
These schools are a part of a community of K-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 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 pltw.org.