Oregon Pre-engineering &
Applied Sciences Initiative
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Advocacy
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This page provides references, data, and presentations useful for explaining what PLTW is, why OPAS cares, and what we and others are doing to promote PLTW in Oregon
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is driven by a national non-profit organization that provides infrastructure such as curriculum development, assessments, and teacher professional development to create and support engineering education in high school and middle school.
All students can benefit from the academic rigor of PLTW's standards-based curriculum and practice critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving in a project-based, open-ended environment. In most schools, PLTW is part of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program preparing students for further education and careers.
PLTW is currently ramping up in Oregon with 14 schools expected to offer PLTW courses in the fall of 2008.
OPAS believes that PLTW, done well, provides a research-based and documented method to recruit more students to engineering and applied science college programs and careers. It also gives all students a more engaging and relevant context for and a deeper understanding of math, science, technology, and design -- important 21st century skills.
April 21, 2010 - added several documents concerning correlation of PLTW to Oregon standards here
April 20, 2010 - PLTW Branding Intro presentation here
September 16, 2009 - memo asking districts to use PLTW course-specific NCES codes linked here
May 21, 2009 - Spreadsheets by State of PLTW Students registered with TrueOutcomes, the evaluator for national PLTW, see "PLTW and Accountability" linked here.
January 14, 2009 - Annual Report for the 2007-2008 Academic Year reporting results nationwide, see "PLTW and Accountability" linked here.
December 31, 2008 - press release describing the newly specified preferred color 3D printer, the Z450 includes a link to an on-line grant application in the "PLTW Nuts and Bolts" linked here.
On October 10, 2008, the all-state in-service day, a PLTW conference is planned. The flier is available here.
September 11, 2008: Equipment and Supply lists as distributed at the 2007 STI; these are very comprehensive, down to pencils and paper so do NOT glance at the totals and give up. See "PLTW Nuts and Bolts" in the table below. Also added the link to the video of the PLTW student project: cell phone car starter.
On August 5,2008 the OPAS Initiative coordinated a presentation at the ODE/COSA Superintendent Summer Institute on PLTW and its usefulness in meeting literacy, numeracy, and essential skill requirements of the new Oregon high school diploma. Materials are linked here.
On January 22, 2008, the OPAS Prepare Workgroup hosted a worksession to better inform themselves and others about Project Lead The Way. Judith D'Amico, PLTW Director for State and Corporate Relations, Western Region, presented. Materials and notes are linked here.
On March 5, 2009, added a list of current/planned programs for Fall 2009, based on STI attendance/signups.
|What is Project Lead The Way (PLTW)?||Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in Oregon|
|PLTW and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
||Oregon's PLTW University Affiliate - OIT|
|PLTW presentations & blurbs:||Oregon's PLTW Advocates|
|PLTW and Accountability
Standards in Other States
|Funding PLTW in Oregon
Accountability in Oregon
|PLTW and Equity||Opportunities to help PLTW in Oregon|
|PLTW Nuts and Bolts
||Oregon's Statewide Articulation Agreements
Pacific Northwest Student Showcase
|OPAS Worksession Participant's Packet:
Other materials cited:
|OPAS Presenters' Slides - pdfs||Post Worksession Meeting Record - pdf|
|Judy's Slides & Materials|
Materials for the Superintendent's Summer Institute, August 5, 2008 page
Conference Flier for All-State In-service Day 2008 PLTW Conference - pdf
For questions or information regarding these committees, please email Jo Oshiro or call (503) 821.1139.