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Seven IPS Schools Receive National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students

Seven schools within the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) community have been recognized as a 2023-24 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School.

This honor is given to a select number of elementary schools across the U.S. for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW Launch, an elementary STEM curriculum. PLTW is a national nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S., aiming to make every child in every grade STEM successful.

The IPS schools include:

·  Anna Brochhausen School 88

·  Carl Wilde School 79

·  Eleanor Skillen School 34

·  Ernie Pyle School 90

·  George Washington Carver 87

·  James A. Garfield School 31

·  William McKinley School 39

“This recognition underscores IPS’s commitment to fostering excellence in education and highlights its dedication to preparing students for success in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM),” said Lela Simmons, the district’s chief learning officer. “The PLTW Distinguished School designation is a testament to the innovative approach to learning embraced by IPS, further solidifying its position as a leader in providing quality education to its students.”

She noted that IPS students will have additional opportunities to explore STEM options in the coming years under Rebuilding Stronger. The initiative is replicating and expanding high-demand, higher-performing programs in more neighborhoods and for more students.

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, The district’s schools earning the honor had to have more than 75 percent of the student body participating in the program and had to offer at least one PLTW Launch module at each grade level during the 2022-23 school year. 

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects. 

“We are honored to recognize Indianapolis Public Schools for their commitment to providing students with exceptional educational experiences while ensuring equitable access to PLTW programs,” said Dr. David Dimmett, PLTW President and CEO. “We congratulate them on this achievement and celebrate their dedication to empowering students with the knowledge and skills to succeed, not only in STEM subjects but also in preparing them for future careers and life beyond the classroom.”