Wisconsin Celebrates Project Lead The Way Week
Wisconsin will celebrate the statewide impact of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) on its schools, students, teachers, and economy during the week of Nov. 2-6, 2015, which Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed as 'Project Lead The Way Week.'
In the proclamation, Walker recognizes PLTW as a valued statewide collaborative effort that is closing the skills gap, creating high expectations for students, inspiring intellectual curiosity, and building a state of collaborative problem solvers, critical thinkers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, Wisconsin will have approximately 52,000 new job openings in health care, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields that require some form of post-secondary education by 2020.
PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 teachers and students. More than 400 schools in Wisconsin offer PLTW programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, empowering students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in the evolving world.
PLTW, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), and the PLTW Wisconsin (PLTW-WI) Advisory Board invite schools across the state to celebrate with the governor by promoting their PLTW programs, showcasing student projects and accomplishments, and recognizing the tremendous work of PLTW teachers. According to Dr. Joshua Schultz, PLTW Affiliate Director, "Wisconsin continues to see growth of PLTW implementations with nearly 60,000 students engaged in PLTW courses across the state. Additionally, MSOE and PLTW-WI have trained over 10,000 teachers as of 2015. This is an opportunity to celebrate those successes while working for even greater results."
"It is important that we celebrate and recognize our PLTW programs and give all students the opportunity to see what is happening in PLTW classrooms in their own schools," said Tania Kilpatrick, a Wisconsin PLTW advisory board member and coordinator of career and technical education for CESA 6. "Students being able to investigate the possibilities of "what if", tinker through different ideas, and take risks is building the next generation of leaders and fostering entrepreneurial thinking. Learners in the classroom are not only able to make connections across disciplines and discover what they love, but also translate these skills through industry connections outside of the classroom. PLTW is a critical piece of supporting talent growth and sustainability within Wisconsin and the global marketplace."
'Project Lead The Way Week' leads up to the PLTW Wisconsin Professional Development Conference, scheduled for Nov. 9-10 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The conference will bring together more than 300 Wisconsin PLTW teachers, counselors, administrators, post-secondary educators, and employers for two days of conversation, collaboration, and problem solving around education and workforce development challenges faced by both Wisconsin and the nation. Dr. Vince Bertram, PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jeff Charbonneau, 2013 National Teacher of the Year will serve as the conference's keynote speakers.
Check out the Proclamation by the Governor of the state of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, as he dedicates the week of November 2nd - November 6th, 2015 as Project Lead the Way Week!