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Vince Bertram
Dr. Vince Bertram is President and Chief Executive Officer of Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. Under his leadership, PLTW has grown to serve more than 6,500 schools, trained thousands of teachers, and received numerous national recognitions and awards. Prior to joining PLTW, Dr. Bertram was superintendent of Indiana’s third-largest urban school district. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book One Nation Under-Taught. To read Dr. Bertram’s complete bio, visit

Entries by Vince Bertram

'State of the Union' Relies on Stronger Elementary, Secondary STEM Offerings

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 1:33 PM

In his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama affirmed the importance of education in a strong and prosperous America. Two of his most talked-about proposals -- expanding access to community college and addressing the growing challenge of cyber security -- highlight the urgent need to strengthen...

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A Global Model for STEM Education

(1) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 1:22 PM

The United States has long been a global leader in innovation and entrepreneurship. But a 2012 report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) highlighted a growing problem - we are not on track to maintain this historical preeminence. The reason: our country's workforce...

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Taking the Skills Crisis Into Our Own Hands

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 2:15 PM


The United States' STEM crisis is palpable. Over the past several years, numerous studies report similar findings: the supply of STEM-trained employees will not keep up with employers' growing demand. One new study highlights the urgency of the shortage, concluding that current job...

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The Risk Is Worth the Reward

(2) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 7:08 PM

When two students from Kansas City, Missouri, developed a plastic part for a ketchup bottle that would eliminate watery ketchup, media outlets throughout the world--from Popular Science to ABC News--took notice. The invention was unique, but simple - a device that separates the water from the ketchup before...

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We Have to Get Serious About Creativity and Problem Solving

(5) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 2:51 PM


The United States can no longer excuse its poor academic performance by asserting that students in other nations excel in rote learning, while ours are better at problem solving. Recent test results clearly tell a different story.

Last month, the latest round...

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STEM or STEAM? We're Missing the Point

(5) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:01 PM

2014-03-26-IMG_0111.JPG STEM education is one of the most talked about subjects in our country today -- and for good reason. From our K-12 system and post-secondary institutions to business, industry and government, most everyone is focused on -- or at least...

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Inspiring Our Children to Pursue STEM Through the Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 5:59 PM

The world's top athletes are competing at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Their talents and abilities are truly amazing. Their preparation and dedication to their sport and their country are inspiring. No doubt, millions of children watch these athletes with similar dreams of achieving athletic excellence. But...

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Pursue Your Dreams, Prepare for Reality

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:40 PM

We tell students "follow your dreams" -- this is often misguided advice. If it were successful, we would need a lot more jobs for professional athletes and Broadway performers. Throughout school, many children spend their evenings at sports practice, and even more nights dreaming of being a professional athlete. However,...

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Education Should Be About Preparing for Tomorrow

(3) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:11 AM

When the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP) results -- frequently referred to as "The Nation's Report Card" -- were released earlier this month, headlines focused on U.S. student progress in math and reading. Unfortunately, a more significant data point garnered less attention -- more...

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