PROJECT LEAD THE WAY, INC.

Indianapolis, IN   |  www.pltw.org
This organization has not appeared on the IRS Business Master File in a number of months. It may have merged with another organization or ceased operations.
This organization's exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for 3 consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

Mission

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Ruling year info

2000

President and Chief Executive Officer

N/A N/A

Main address

3939 Priority Way South Drive Suite 400

Indianapolis, IN 46240 USA

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EIN

14-1816385

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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Our results

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Number of students enrolled

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of K-12 students who have experienced a PLTW program in a given year

Number of schools enrolled

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our society faces global and local challenges every day. There are growing concerns over water and food security, climate change, cybersecurity, and incurable diseases, like cancer and Alzheimer's. Companies and governments face these challenges and more as they serve ever-growing populations and respond to rapidly changing global dynamics. Locally, our community may need ways to improve safety at a dangerous intersection, a low-cost design to increase greenspace, or a device that helps an elderly resident weed his garden without kneeling.

In order to address these challenges and move forward as a society, we need people who know problem-solving strategies, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work the first time. Evidence shows that companies are not finding workers with these skills, students need more opportunities to develop these skills, and teachers need support in empowering students to build these skills.

Project Lead The Way inspires and empowers K-12 students to build and demonstrate in-demand transportable skills by applying problem-solving strategies to complex, real-world challenges. We have four strategic goals:

• Deliver an inspiring and empowering student experience
• Expand access to PLTW programs
• Transform teaching
• Build a thriving enterprise

Deliver an inspiring and empowering student experience: Through our pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 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. We continuously evaluate and seek feedback to enhance our programs and ensure the content is challenging and relevant. In addition, we provide an ever-expanding portfolio of college- and career-focused opportunities for students, including the AP+PLTW student achievement awarded in partnership with the College Board; postsecondary recognition opportunities such as scholarships and preferred admission; and career-focused experiences including internships and job shadowing.

Expand access: We create incentives and remove barriers to enable schools and districts to offer PLTW to more students. Our participation fee approach, leveraged per school rather than per student or per course, encourages schools make PLTW widely available to interested students. In early 2016, we introduced a new approach to program implementation that gives schools flexibility to customize their PLTW programs according to the needs of their students, school, and community. At the same time, we launched a recognition program to reward schools for exemplary student access, engagement, and achievement in PLTW. To simplify program adoption and management, we offer online supports through myPLTW, a single point of access to everything our network needs to implement, manage, and grow PLTW programs.

Transform teaching: We provide teachers with the support and resources they need to devote more time to inspiring and empowering students. PLTW Professional Development creates dynamic learning experiences for educators through instructional support and ongoing professional community. Through our proven training model, we prepare educators to lead the engaging PLTW experience in their classrooms and also provide continuing support throughout the year. PLTW training is delivered by instructional coaches known as Master Teachers who have significant classroom experience and provide perspective and support to new PLTW teachers. We deliver training through a variety of formats, both online and face-to-face, to meet the needs and wants of different learners.

Thriving enterprise: We recognize that to be successful in our mission requires a strong team, effective business operations, and solid technology infrastructure. We aim to recruit, develop, and retain top talent to fulfill our mission. We invest in building and maintaining a stable system architecture with special attention to our data security infrastructure in order to provide reliable service to our network. In addition, we focus on growing our core capabilities in data analytics, supply chain, and brand management.

We have 20 years of experience inspiring and empowering students and teachers. Our curriculum is developed by a talented team of writers, a majority of whom are former educators. Our team of writers uses their classroom experience and research-based approaches to develop our curriculum and ensure that it meets the needs of students and educators. We also have close connections with industry to help us continuously validate the real-world importance of the knowledge and skills we help students build.

To expand access to PLTW programs and transform teaching, we have a dedicated team of school engagement professionals who work directly with and support school districts and schools in each state across the U.S., helping them implement PLTW programs every step of the way. Our Partnerships Team works with business, industry, and nonprofit organizations to provide grants and other supports to school districts and schools and create opportunities for students.

PLTW is making a difference in the lives of students, helping them develop the knowledge and skills to thrive in their careers and lives. Research demonstrates that PLTW students outperform their peers in school, are better prepared for post-secondary studies, and are more likely to consider careers as scientists, technology experts, engineers, mathematicians, healthcare providers, and researchers compared to their non-PLTW peers. Students find PLTW programs relevant, inspiring, engaging, and foundational to their future success.

However, there are more than 129,000 K-12 schools and 54 million K-12 students in the U.S. At 9,000 schools and 2.4 million students, we are impacting a fraction of the total K-12 education space and can do so much more. In addition, the rapidly evolving career landscape means that we must continuously review and enhance our program offerings to keep learning relevant for students.

Financials

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PROJECT LEAD THE WAY, INC.

Board of directors
as of 08/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

James Rahn

Kern Family Foundation

Vince Bertram

Project Lead The Way

Chris Bradshaw

Autodesk (Retired)

John Calabrese

General Motors Company (Retired)

Eunice Heath

Dow Chemical Company

Kurt Liebich

RedBUILT; Wood Resources LLC

Nick Ragone

Ascension

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No