Project Lead The Way

At a Glance

National Office: 
3939 Priority Way South Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: 877. 335.7589

Vince Bertram
People Served: 
600,000
Year Founded: 
1997
Tax ID: 
14-1816385

Focus area(s):

Teacher & Principal Training
K-12 Reform

Description

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities and professionals. PLTW's comprehensive curriculum has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. More than 4,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students.

Impact and Outcomes

Several independent research studies indicate that PLTW students are outperforming their peers in school (both secondary and post-secondary).
80% of PLTW seniors say they will study engineering, technology or computer science in college, whereas the national average is 32%.
97% of PLTW students intend to pursue a four-year degree or higher, whereas the national average is 67%.
PLTW alumni are studying engineering and technology at 5-10 times the averge of all students.

Mission & Goals

PLTW’s mission is to empower students to thrive in an evolving world. Through programs in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, PLTW empowers students to develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills – such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and communication – that they will need for a rapidly advancing, technological world.

Teachers play a critical role in empowering students to lead their own learning. PLTW partners with teachers to provide them with the support and resources they need to devote their time to facilitating engaging learning and inspiring students.

Program

PROGRAM:

PLTW provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers. Through K-12 pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. Students apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines as they engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems reflective of real-world scenarios and careers. And through professional development, PLTW provides teachers with the support and resources they need to devote their time to inspiring students.

PLTW curriculum is developed by talented educators and industry professionals who use their classroom and real-world experiences to develop curriculum that meets the needs of students and educators. PLTW curriculum is problem-based, research-based, collaborative, and standards-based. For more information, visit https://www.pltw.org/about-us/our-approach

 

[1]Pike, Gary and Kirsten Robbins (2014). Using Propensity Scores to Evaluate Education Programs. Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis.

[1]Van Overschelde, James P. (Spring 2013) Project Lead The Way Students More Prepared For Higher Education. Texas State University. American Journal of Engineering Education, 4(1).

Impact

More than 8,000 schools in all 50 states offer PLTW programs to more than 1 million students. PLTW trained more than 10,000 teachers in 2015, and since the organization began in 1997, it has trained more than 30,000 teachers instruct engaging, hands-on curriculum.

 

PLTW is making a difference in the lives of students, helping them develop the knowledge and skills to thrive in their careers and lives.

 

A 2014 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis study of more than 56,000 Indiana high school graduates found that high school graduates who participated in PLTW were three times more likely to major in STEM, and 3 to 4 times more likely to study engineering, versus non-PLTW graduates. 

 

A 2013 longitudinal study from a Texas State University researcher concluded that PLTW students scored higher on the state’s mathematics assessment and were more prepared for and attended post-secondary educational institutions at a higher rate.

 

Over the last several years, numerous external organizations have validated PLTW’s success in empowering students to thrive in an evolving world:

 

·         In 2016, the Rhode Island Governor’s Office of Innovation selected PLTW as a partner to scale K-12 computer science offerings across the state through its Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) initiative, with the ultimate goal of bringing computer science education to every Rhode Island student.

·         In November 2015, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation presented PLTW with its STEM Innovation Award, given to honor organizations and programs that inspire students and teachers and whose work leads the way in advancing STEM education across the nation.

·         In January 2014, PLTW was accepted as a 100Kin10 partner. As a partner, PLTW will train at least 27,602 teachers by 2018 to teach interdisciplinary STEM courses.

·         In October 2013, Change the Equation, through the independent nonprofit research organization WestEd, vetted and selected PLTW as one of four high-quality STEM programs in the U.S., and the only in-school curriculum provider, ready for significant national scale-up.

·         Since 2013, the Iowa Governor’s STEM Council has selected multiple PLTW pathways and programs for the Iowa STEM Scale-Up Initiative.

 

For more information, visit https://www.pltw.org/impact-project-lead-way.

Growth Plan

Economic Model:  PLTW has implemented a unique business model designed to support quality growth and scalability. Through this model, PLTW derives operating revenue from program participation fees and product revenue. PLTW’s business model creates shared value by leveraging its purchasing power to drive costs down for schools while ensuring the organization remains sustainable. This model allows 100 percent of philanthropic contributions to go directly to support schools or donor-approved projects. Today, PLTW has established partnerships with approximately 60 post-secondary and research institutions, over 100 leading corporations, and several significant philanthropic organizations.

PLTW is committed to expanding access to high-quality educational experiences to students across the U.S. to ensure that all students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to develop the in-demand knowledge and transportable skills they need to thrive in an evolving world.

PLTW has a dedicated team of school engagement and support professionals who work hand-in-hand with schools to help them implement and grow their PLTW programs.

Additionally, PLTW’s Government Relations team focuses on advancing federal, state, and local policies that expand high-quality educational opportunities for students.

To further increase access to PLTW programs, PLTW’s Development Team initiates and maintains relationships with industry, nonprofit, and individual supporters. The Development Team also manages the PLTW School Grant Program, which provides grant funding to schools to assist with PLTW program implementation and expansion. 

Location of Sites

National Office: 
3939 Priority Way South Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Phone: 877. 335.7589
List of locations

To make a contribution to a program site:

  1. Click on the "Make a Contribution Now" button and include the name, city and state of the program you would like to support, in the "notes" text box on the organization's donation form, if available.
  2. If a "notes" or "designation" box is not available, write the city and state on your check in the "notes" section or call the national office to designate your contribution to a local program site.

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Financials

Most Recent Budget

Year Ended:

2014

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$8,616,199
Foundation Grants: 
$7,559,603
Government Funding: 
$280,625
Contributions from Individuals: 
$583
Special Events: 
$0
Program Services Fees: 
$29,476,843
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$0
Other Revenue: 
$226,996
Total Revenue: 
$46,160,849

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$13,806,379
Occupancy: 
$317,609
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,024,914
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$508,633
Telephone & Communications: 
$195,793
Payments to Affiliates: 
$4,152,420
Other Expenses: 
$13,800,098
Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Other Expenses (Description): 

Total Expenses: 
$33,805,846

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain/Loss: 
$12,355,003

Prior Year Actuals

Year Ended:

2015

REVENUE

Corporate Grants: 
$3,255,737
Foundation Grants: 
$11,027,591
Government Funding: 
$0
Contributions from Individuals: 
$885
Program Services Fees: 
$40,926,577
Membership Dues: 
$0
Other Earned Income: 
$86,845
Other Revenue: 
$101,050
Special Events: 
$611,759
Total Revenue: 
$56,010,444

EXPENSES

Salaries, Related Salaries & Professional Fees: 
$18,699,423
Occupancy: 
$500,765
Travel & Entertainment: 
$1,421,350
Office Supplies, Printing, Postage: 
$593,450
Telephone & Communication: 
$322,484
Payments to Affiliates: 
$4,524,471
Other Expenses: 
$21,858,331
Total Expenses: 
$47,920,274

NET GAIN/LOSS

Net Gain / Loss: 
$8,090,170

Major Funders

ArcelorMittal

Bemis Company Foundation

Chevron

Dart Foundation

General Motors

John Deere

Kern Family Foundation

Lockheed Martin

USA Funds

Toyota USA Foundation

Verizon Foundation