Miller Middle School receives national recognition for commitment to empowering students

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Miller Middle School is one of 176  middle schools nationwide to be named a PLTW Distinguished School for the 2019-20 school year.

Miller Middle School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. It is one of just 176 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S.

“This recognition goes to show you the passion Mr. Troy Long and Mr. Gavin Althaus each has for their PLTW program and our students. Troy and Gavin are able to motivate and guide our extraordinary students to achieve their best. Also, special thanks to Pam Brewer-Michael for her continued support of PLTW programming  in our district,” said Miller Middle School Principal Pat Rial.

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, Miller Middle School had to meet the following criteria:

  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade level;
  • Have more than 50 percent of the student body participating during the 2018-19 school year;
  • Have 25 percent of students advancing to high school participate in two or more units,
  • Have strategies and supports in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data.

Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.

It is a great honor to recognize Miller Middle School 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.”

Miller Middle School is part of a community of PK-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. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit

For more information on Miller Middle School’s PLTW Gateway program, contact Principal Pat Rial at 641-754-1110.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a mission-driven organization that is transforming the learning experience for millions of PK-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