Vince Bertram on STEM Education, Indiana, & Citizenship

This is an excerpt from an interview I conducted with Project Lead the Way‘s CEO and President Vince Bertram. We discussed his organization’s move from NY to IN, what the phrase “being a good citizen” means to him, and explored the roots of his passion for STEM education.

While in decades past some may have described Indiana as a sleepy Mid-Western state, the progress of the new millennia has shown that Hoosiers have made wise investments in the future. One such decision came from the joint efforts of Governor Daniels and Mayor Ballard who in 2011 paved the way for Project Lead The Way to transition its headquarters from upstate New York to central Indiana.

Project Lead The Way is a non-profit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. The organization partners with public, private, and charter elementary, middle, and high schools to provide engaging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum for students. Furthermore, they provide a professional development model that provides teachers with the content and pedagogy needed to engage students in activity-based learning. Additionally, Project Lead The Way connects educators with community and corporate partners who share a vision for increasing STEM competencies in students across the nation.

In 2011, when Project Lead The Way hired former Indiana Evansville Superintendent Vince Bertram as its Chief Executive Officer and President, an opportunity presented itself to Daniels and Ballard. At the time, PLTW was working in 4,200 schools across the country including 350 middle and high schools in Indiana. Vince rose to the top as a strong leader capable of guiding the bow of PLTW into its ambitious future…”

This article was originally published on The Sagamore Institute’s Bright Ideas blog and can be read in full here.