Cazenovia technology teacher Jason Hyatt, left, stands next to Project Lead The Way Director of Northeast Region Carol Malstrom as she presents Chris Hurd, center, with a national award commemorating the school’s recognition as one of 16 national “Model Schools” and the success of the technology department’s PLTW Pre-Engineering Program, as Jason Webb and Robert Axelson look on, May 15.
Photo by Pierce Smith.
Phan, a computer technology teacher at Cazenovia, echoed Hurd’s sentiments regarding the importance of STEM curriculum in educating well-rounded students. “I am honored to be part of school system that believes in career and technical education as being an important factor in the growth and learning of our youth. As core courses are essential in the development of our children’s education — it is the career and technical learning, the implementation of science, technology, engineering and math — that teaches our students the essential critical thinking skills that are vital in succeeding in their future careers,” he said. “It is what makes them standout above the rest and gives them experiences of collaboration and adaptation to settings that are beyond their borders of the traditional classroom. It gives them opportunities to discover their strengths and talents in developing and contributing to finding solutions to problems. I believe the skill of applying knowledge learned from core courses to solving problems is a skill that will greatly effect students’ future endeavors and is essential to being part of our nations education.”
PLTW serves a total of 4,200 schools across the country in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia.
The 16 schools selected to represent PLTW’s Model Schools serve as outstanding examples of how schools can implement PLTW’s rigorous STEM education program to meet the unique needs of their own community.
“We are excited to recognize these schools for their exemplary work with students on a daily basis,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “Teachers in these classes are inspiring students and unlocking their potential for success and achievement. This work does not happen in isolation. The community, business, and industry partnerships that make this work possible should be commended as well.”