WARSAW, IN – Warsaw Community Schools announced today that has been recognized as a 2020-2021 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished District for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through its PLTW programs. This distinction includes WCS eight elementary schools, Claypool, Eisenhower, Harrison, Jefferson, Leesburg, Lincoln, Madison and Washington STEM Academy. WCS is one of just 17 districts 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.
Dr. David Robertson, WCS assistant superintendent of elementary education noted, “We are so thankful for the hard work and dedication of our staff that this recognition represents. The team here at WCS continues to work tirelessly to ensure all students receive the highest quality education.”
The PLTW Distinguished District recognition honors districts committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Warsaw Community Schools had to have had 20 percent or more of its students in each grade, PreK-12, participate in a PLTW program during the 2019-20 school year.
Through PLTW programs, students develop in-demand knowledge and skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. As PLTW students’ progress through grades PreK-12, they are empowered to engage in problem-solving and process thinking, develop technical knowledge and skills, build communication skills, and explore career opportunities. Warsaw Community Schools offer PLTW Launch (PreK-5), PLTW Gateway (6-8), and PLTW (9-12) [Computer Science, Engineering, and/or Biomedical Science].
“It is a great honor to recognize Warsaw Community Schools District for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the unusual circumstances and unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the educational landscape this past year,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose."
Warsaw Community Schools 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. Congratulations to our leaders, staff, students, and families on this outstanding recognition.