EMS Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

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Easton Middle 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 GatewayTM. It is one of just 110 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor and only 1 of 2 middle schools to receive this honor in the State of Maryland.  PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of K-12 students and teachers in over 10,500 schools across the U.S.

“Exposing students to broad career fields helps to make more informed decisions about high school course selection and Career and Technology Education career pathways,” stated Pamela Clay, Career and Technology Supervisor.  The PLTW Gateway courses allow middle school students a time to explore, a time to figure out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow.

Mrs. Leslie Sorrell, Easton Middle School PTLW Teacher, her first period Innovators and Makers (Computer Science) class, Mrs. Pamela Clay, PTLW Curriculum Supervisor, and Mrs. Jackie Valcik, Easton Middle School Principal.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Easton Middle School had to meet the following criteria:

• Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level;
• Have more than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2016-17 school year;
• Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

“It is a great honor to recognize Easton Middle 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.”

Easton Middle School is part of a community of K-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.

For more information on Easton Middle School’s PLTW Gateway program contact Jackie Valcik, Principal at 410-822-2910.

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-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. More than 10,500 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit pltw.org.

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