Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a national nonprofit organization that delivers a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the United States, recognized Mohonasen High School as one of only nine schools to offer PLTW programs since the organization began in 1997.
PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram recognized the districts at a Nov. 18 ceremony at the New York State PLTW Conference in Binghamton. The district will be presented with a special banner in December.
In addition to Mohonasen High School the other longest-running PLTW high schools are: Ballston Spa, Colonie, Irondequoit (Rochester), LaFayette, Shenendehowa, South Glens Falls and Westhill (Syracuse)
“We are thrilled to be a part of this group of schools who were willing to be pioneers in implementing the unique Project Lead the Way Program,” said Dr. Kathleen Spring, Superintendent of Schools. “The district has always been willing to take calculated risks by participating in programs that may not be considered common place, traditional or standard in most circles. However, this willingness to have an open mind has created unique opportunities for the district and its students.”
Project Lead the Way programs were expanded nearly a decade ago to include Draper Middle School students.
“Our excitement for Project Lead the Way and the opportunities it offers our students has only increased over the past two decades, and we look forward to many more years of the partnership,” said Spring.
PLTW, now headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, originally started in Upstate New York at 12 high schools. Today, nine of the original 12 are still actively offering PLTW’s programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science to their students, and are now joined by more than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. A total of 372 schools offer PLTW in New York. Rochester Institute of Technology was the first PLTW affiliate university, and today still trains PLTW teachers, hosts PLTW conferences for teachers and administrators in the state, and offers transcripted college credit to PLTW students.