Biomedical Science – Project Lead the Way Program Receives Recertification
St. Michaels Middle High School’s Biomedical Science – Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program received their initial certification on December 18, 2012. Schools that adopt the PLTW program sign a School District Agreement requiring them to begin the process of certification by the beginning of their second year and to renew every five years after that. The purpose of certification is two-fold: to ensure implementation of a high quality PLTW program and verify college credit eligibility for select PLTW courses.
The three-step certification process involves: a self-assessment, site visit and final certification report. PLTW certification standards are outlined in the self-assessment document and demonstrate schools meet PLTW quality standards in: professional development of teachers and counselors; implementation of curriculum using required equipment and software; and the formation of a Partnership Team, among others.
Certification Minimum Requirements
- A teacher who has successfully completed PLTW Core Training teaches PLTW courses.
- Classroom equipment and software meets or exceeds the PLTW specifications.
- A partnership team that supports the program and meets on a regular basis with a specific agenda and goals to accomplish.
We are proud to say that St. Michaels Middle/High School’s Biomedical Science program has met the requirements and has been recertified for 5 more years. High school students completing a four-course PLTW sequence at a certified high school have access to the biology college credit at the Affiliate Universities nationwide, according to the terms and conditions of each individual credit process at each affiliate university. In Maryland, Stevenson University awards the college credit for students successfully completed the program of study.
“We are very excited about this important achievement for the Saint Michaels Middle High Biomedical Science – Project Lead the Way program and the opportunities it presents for our students.” said Career and Technology Education Curriculum Supervisor Pamela Clay.” More information about Talbot County Public Schools Career and Technology Education is available through the Easton High School and Saint Michaels Middle High School guidance offices.
Photo: Left to right: Pamela Clay, Career and Technology Education Curriculum Supervisor; Marcelina Castleberry, student; Katie Stang, student; Robin Werner, Science and CTE Teacher; Caroline Lenkiewicz, student; Sincere Taylor, student; Tracy Elzey, Saint Michaels Middle High Principal)