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BAPS Receives Excellence Award

In August, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) was awarded the 2017-18 State Superintendent Award for Excellence in Career and Technology Education from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. The award was given in recognition of the school district’s efforts in providing students with opportunities that prepare them for the workforce.

“Broken Arrow Public Schools has created a K-12 pathway where students collaborate and use critical thinking skills and technology to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects,” said BAPS Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Dr. Margaret Coates. “We offer our students a number of opportunities to experience career and technology education through a variety of programs.”

Among those programs is Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a K-12 project and problem-based contextual learning curriculum that prepares students for success in engineering and technology programs. This program is funded by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Paragon Films, Zeeco and CareerTech.

PLTW’s Launch modules and various STEM activities provide hands-on instruction to elementary students, allowing them to explore in a safe environment.

Gateway to Technology (GTT) is a separate course offering from PLTW, which is offered to middle schools as an introduction to the coming high school courses. High school courses include engineering, manufacturing, family and consume science, Future Farmers of America, and business and information technology.

“Nearly 2,500 B.A. students are utilizing Project Lead the Way, which is about 13 percent of our student population,” Coates said. “The Superintendent Award for Excellence in Career and Technology Education recognizes not only the value of career tech but also the value of our administrators and teachers who have worked diligently to create opportunities for our students to be college and career ready.”

In addition, BAPS students are able to attend Tulsa Technology Center and participate in more than 12 different pathways, allowing them to finish high school with an industry certification.

“It is vitally important that we continue to grow these programs and partnerships, so that we can sustain a qualified workforce to enhance and grow the economy for Broken Arrow,” Coates said. 

Updated 09-06-2017

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