Booneville Middle School Receives $15,000 Grant from Verizon
to Implement Project Lead The Way Program
PLTW’s programs will provide hands-on, project-based learning and in-depth teacher professional development
Booneville Middle School announced today that it received a $15,000 grant from Verizon Innovative Learning to offer Project Lead The Way’s (PLTW) middle school program – PLTW Gateway. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for PreK-12 students and teachers through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, and Booneville Middle School joins more than 11,500 schools across the U.S. in offering PLTW programs to students.
Verizon Innovative Learning has partnered with PLTW to provide the funds for Booneville Middle School to implement these programs. Verizon Innovative Learning has committed over $400 million to providing free tech, access and innovative learning programs that transform schools and children’s lives.
“Project Lead The Way has a long history of successfully engaging students in relevant and engaging ways,” said Brad Mixon, principal of BMS. “Booneville Middle School is excited to offer PLTW Gateway to our middle school students and provide them with the highest quality educational experiences. We are also so appreciative of the $15,000 grant provided by Verizon Innovative Learning that will allow us to implement these programs.”
PLTW Gateway is designed for students in grades 6-8, a time when they are figuring out what they’re passionate about today and how that relates to who they’ll become tomorrow. Students learn to test their limits and question what’s possible. And by challenging themselves to rework and refine their projects, PLTW Gateway students learn that both failure and persistence are key to learning and innovation.
“Project Lead The Way is proud to partner with Booneville Middle School to excite and engage students in math and science in relevant and engaging ways,” said PLTW President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Vince Bertram. “Together, we’re helping students make connections between their classroom and careers and build transportable skills that will prepare them to thrive in our evolving world.”
PLTW programs also include professional development training that provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring students. Through PLTW Professional Development, teachers gain the content knowledge and pedagogy to lead their students through PLTW’s activity-, project-, problem-based curriculum. They also connect with other teachers across the country, joining a network in which they can share experiences and expertise with fellow educators who are teaching the same PLTW courses.
As Booneville Middle School begins PLTW, it becomes 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. Because of this engaged, national network, PLTW students often have access to opportunities including scholarships, preferred admission at colleges and universities, internships, industry connections, and avenues to highlight their achievements.