School district reps visit RVE to learn about PLTW program

School district reps visit RVE to learn about PLTW program
Posted on 12/05/2017
Representatives from six school districts and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley attended a Showcase at Rancho Verde Elementary to learn how Los Fresnos ISD implemented Project lead The Way into schools.

Visiting RVE on a recent trip were representatives from Donna ISD, Harlingen ISD, La Joya ISD, San Perlita ISD, United ISD in Laredo, West Oso ISD in Corpus Christi, and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

The visitors included district administrators, school administrators, and teachers.

"Los Fresnos CISD was selected by Project Lead the Way as a Showcase Launch District because of a large number of elementary schools that are implementing Project Lead The Way launch," said Tina Dellinger, PLTW Director of School Engagement for Texas. "Here at Rancho Verde, they have done an excellent job of exposing all of the teachers to the PLTW launch training."

Representatives of the school districts broke up into small groups and visited several classrooms at RVE to see instruction on PLTW activities.

"Going through the classrooms and visiting with the students, you can see the tremendous impact that it's had with students' problem-solving, collaboration and design processes," Dellinger said.

Los Fresnos CISD began implementation of the PLTW curriculum for STEM learning from kindergarten through high school in August 2016, and is in its second year. The PLTW curriculum is available as an elective to secondary students.

Los Fresnos CISD is also one of the few in Texas with all of its elementary schools in the PLTW Launch Program. The three middle schools have implemented the Gateway Program, while the high schools are using the PLTW Engineering model.

"We felt that Rancho Verde was very deserving as a Showcase Elementary School, and we were excited to give them their banner," Dellinger said.

Project Lead The Way is a non-profit corporation that develops curriculum to teach the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math to elementary, middle and high school students in ways that engage students and encourage them to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.
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