To follow is a letter from Dianne Leveridge from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering commenting on the Biomedical and Project Lead the Way Engineering programs and partnership between Scott County Ninth Grade School and Elkhorn Crossing School.
"Congratulations to Scott County Ninth Grade School in partnership with Elkhorn Crossing School for earning Certification for their Biomedical Sciences and Pathway to Engineering programs!
While there are many examples of STEM integration between the academic and PLTW [Project Lead the Way] teachers within many PLTW schools across the Commonwealth, the level of depth between the academic and PLTW teachers in these buildings, as articulated by parents, students and the community, is unique.
While we have all heard about the physical plant facility of these schools, particularly Elkhorn Crossing, the technical center within Scott County, little has been said regarding the depth of collaboration between these teachers.
To be quite candid, this level of collaboration can be replicated in any setting, with any level of resources or even no resources, so you are encouraged to look beyond the facility and instead investigate the true partnership developing between the teachers and the community.
It was refreshing to hear the Executive Director of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce say that the two best things to happen to Georgetown during the past 20 years are Toyota and PLTW. It was also refreshing to hear the academic and PLTW teachers discuss a new level of collaboration and partnership in which they are now engaged, including reaching down into the middle and elementary schools.
If you all want to see STEM PLTW/academic collaboration, and silos of education falling, for the benefit of the students, and ultimately the local economic base, I encourage you to contact Michelle Nichols, the principal at Elkhorn Crossing, to schedule a visit, or Chip Southworth, the Director of Secondary Education within the district. Michelle [Nichols] can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and Chip [Southworth] can be reached at email@example.com .
We continue to be amazed and overwhelmed by ALL of you and the efforts you are undertaking to build STEM bridges for your students, making the academics applicable via the PLTW curriculum and pathways.
Thank you all for everything you do in your own PLTW districts to collaborate with the academic teachers for the benefit of your students!"