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Displayed from: Oct 04, 2017 , until: Dec 04, 2017

Students and teachers from Snider High School are among an elite group selected to present to more than 2,000 attendees at the national Project Lead The Way (PLTW) conference – PLTW Summit 2017 – in Orlando later this month. Snider was selected because PLTW students developed the Biomedical Science Charity Council to help organize community outreach.

PLTW, a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers, serves more than 10,500 schools across the U.S. Snider offers PLTW Biomedical Science and PLTW Computer Science; Northrop High School offers Project Lead the Way Engineering; and New Tech Academy at Wayne High School offers PLTW Biomedical and PLTW Engineering.

“We are beyond humbled to be selected among this elite group to showcase the passion and values of the students at Snider High School. Our students have embraced the moral obligation to serve their fellow man by engaging in meaningful work that has an immediate impact on our local community,” said Snider High School PLTW teacher Christina Ehle-Fails. The Snider group is one of just 18 groups from across the United States selected to present at the PLTW Summit.

PLTW Summit 2017 is the premier gathering for a group dedicated to preparing students with the in-demand and transportable skills they need to succeed in college and careers. Guests will include educators, students, university leaders, and business and industry leaders.

Snider students will have a presentation space in the conference’s exhibit hall to interact one-on-one with attendees. They will also have the opportunity to network with PLTW alumni and leaders from businesses and higher education institutions interested in students with STEM skills.

“R Nelson Snider High School is a true champion of PLTW’s relevant, engaging approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement,” said PLTW Senior Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer David Dimmett. “We’ve invited them to share their stories to inspire attendees and provide best practices that they can be taken back to other communities to benefit students across the country. We are thrilled to have PLTW students and teachers from R Nelson Snider High School joining us in Orlando for PLTW Summit 2017.”

PLTW Summit 2017 will feature generation expert Matt Beaudreau as a keynote speaker. In his keynote, Beaudreau will identify ways to better engage K-12 students in their learning and address topics including communicating, collaborating, and problem-solving with people from different generations. R Nelson High School’s students will have the opportunity to meet with Beaudreau and learn about the different communication behaviors in each generation to help them as they think about their futures in college and career.

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With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.