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Nov. 18, 2014
|Beccy Baldwin||Sandy Seipel|
Beccy Baldwin, director of the Regional Professional Development Center at Northwest Missouri State University, and Sandy Seipel, principal of Northwest’s Horace Mann Laboratory School, attended the 2014 Project Lead the Way Summit in Indianapolis, Ind., Nov. 2-5.
Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs. The summit brought together more than 1,500 educators and leaders from corporate, nonprofit and government sectors who work together to help students develop knowledge and skills they need to succeed. Dr. William Bennett, former U.S. secretary of education, and Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, were keynote speakers.
Baldwin works with school districts in northwest Missouri to provide quality professional development opportunities at affordable rates. The mission of the Northwest Regional Professional Development Center is to build the capacity of educators and schools to maximize student performance through high quality professional development.
Horace Mann is partnering with the Regional Professional Development Center to pilot the elementary PLTW Launch program, which is designed for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
“Piloting PLTW Launch enables us to get our students interested in science, technology, engineering and math at an early age,” Seipel said. “By providing engaging, project-based learning opportunities, we create student interest. We want to provide our students with the skills to be the next generation of problem solvers locally ad globally.”
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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