Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides transformative learning experiences for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. We are shaping the innovators, creators, and designers of today and tomorrow.
Teachers play an immeasurable role in empowering students to lead their own learning. We strive to be a trusted partner in this effort. Our goal is to provide teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students.
Through PLTW professional development, teachers learn how to lead the engaging PLTW experience in their classrooms, taking on the role of facilitator and coach as their students soar to new heights.
PLTW’s success in empowering students with in-demand knowledge and transportable skills has been recognized by colleges and universities, Fortune 500 businesses, and numerous national organizations including Change the Equation, the Social Impact Exchange, and more.
About Michigan PLTW
Michigan Project Lead The Way constitutes the collaborative efforts of Eastern Michigan University and Lawrence Technological University. As Affiliate partners, we provide student opportunities, professional development opportunities, host PLTW Core Training, and serve as resources for schools throughout Michigan.[/fusion_separator]
STEM education is at the heart of today’s high-tech, high-skill global economy. For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders — the students of today — must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will help make them the most productive in the world.
STEM education programs like the one offered by PLTW engage students in activities-, projects-, and problem-based (APPB) learning, which provides hands-on classroom experiences. Students create, design, build, discover, collaborate and solve problems while applying what they learn in math and science. They’re also exposed to STEM fields through professionals from local industries who supplement the real-world aspect of the curriculum through mentorships and workplace experiences.
PLTW’s comprehensive programs for elementary Launch, Gateway, Engineering, Computer Science, and Biomedical Science has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, industry professionals and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students.
The hands-on, project-based programs engage students on multiple levels, expose them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success.
The PLTW curriculum 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.” PLTW was recently cited by the Harvard Graduate School of Education as a “model for 21st century career and technical education.