School announced today that it has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way
(PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative
learning opportunities for students through PLTW LaunchTM. It is one of just
214 elementary 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.
School is honored to receive recognition as a PLTW Distinguished School,”
said Jackson principal, Dr. Linda Rugg. “Through real-world applications,
students are engaged in hands-on science experiences that instill a love of
science and math. They provide leadership opportunities for boys and girls
of all abilities in all grades. All staff, students, and parents embraced
the program and 100% of teachers were trained in the PLTW program and
processes. I am proud to be a PLTW Distinguished School and attest to the
positive impact this program has had on student attitudes and achievement. I
am appreciative of the support that PLTW provides through their curriculum
and programming as well.”
Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing
student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be
eligible for the designation, Jackson Elementary School 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 2017-18 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 Jackson Elementary School for their commitment to
students,” said Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They are a model
for what school 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.”
School 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.
information on Jackson Elementary School’s PLTW Launch program or to set up
a school visit, contact Principal Dr. Linda Rugg at 219-983-3680.
Project Lead The
Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative
learning experience for PreK-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. Approximately 11,500 elementary, middle,
and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW
information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org