Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School

Lincoln K-8 has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. It is one of just 404 elementary schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S. 

“Teachers love this material as it provides hands on experiences, is project based, and has the teacher in the role of a facilitator in the classroom rather than in front of the class presenting or demonstrating,” said James Kulzer, Project Lead the Way Teacher at Lincoln K-8. “Students are encouraged to be creative and to make and learn from mistakes.” 

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Lincoln K-8 had to offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level and have more than 75 percent of the student body participating during the 2018-19 school year. Each grade at Lincoln, kindergarten through grade 5, participate in at least five PLTW Launch modules. 

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“Two Lincoln teachers, James Kulzer and Kim Olson are PLTW Master Teachers and train teachers across the nation on how to use the materials and facilitate instruction,” said Jim Sonju, Principal at Lincoln K-8. “A PLTW classroom is noisy and busy with students engaged and the teacher providing encouragement and asking questions to help student discover and understand. We are fortunate to have two amazing PLTW Master Teachers at Lincoln.” 

Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects. 

“It is a great honor to recognize Lincoln K-8 for their commitment to providing students with an excellent educational experience,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their work to ensure students have the knowledge and skills to be career ready and successful on any career path they choose.” 

Lincoln K-8 is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. 

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What is PLTW?

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PreK-12 students and thousands of teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science. PLTW’s teacher training and resources support teachers as they engage their students in real-world learning. Approximately 12,200 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs. For more information on Project Lead The Way, visit