Excitement filled the air as guests eagerly hustled from one workshop to the next, stopping in the conference halls to catch up with old and new friends, strike a pose at the photo booths, and grab a coffee or one of the highly sought-after gourmet desserts for an afternoon energy boost.
PLTW Launch Training is off to a GREAT start! Ready to SPRINT back to my class to start right away! The energy here is contagious and loving this massive family I’m now apart of. Beyond blessed to have @PrincipalRLA @AshleyDGregory believe in me to start this journey #PLTWsummit pic.twitter.com/aPAfDmC6F4
— Meghan Hayes (@edVENTUREwHAYES) November 15, 2018
Inside each workshop room, guests shared best practices, learned by doing, and earned continuing education units, all the while filling up their PLTW notebooks with practical tips and insights they could take back to their classrooms. During some workshops, guests even spilled out into the hallways – the meeting rooms unable to contain the hands-on, engaging experiences within their four walls.
Full STEAM ahead this morning at #PLTWSummit. Loved watching the choreography as participants made shapes, numbers and creative animal shapes! Kinesthetic problem solving is very cool and great tool for your classroom. @KerraMiddleton @slpmin82 @MrsRsSuperStars pic.twitter.com/x4tZB5jxMH
— Suzanne Snow (@suzanne_snow) February 18, 2019
In the Engage Showcase, guests immersed themselves in virtual reality, discovered the joy of playing with robots, explored digitally restored human anatomy, met with PLTW students who are making a difference in their communities, and more.
The Anatomage table at #PLTWSummit So awesome!! pic.twitter.com/YNu4Ae7lw4
— Ms. Fishback (@MsFishback) February 17, 2019
The energy was contagious, starting at breakfast each morning all the way through the CEO reception on day two and the final day’s keynote speech by Dr. Romie Mushtaq, who empowered guests to bring mindfulness into their classrooms and “choose calm.”
It was an absolute pleasure to meet and attend a session presented by @DrRomie. Your message was powerful and inspiring. I am excited to start this new Journey. #Mindfulness #PLTWSummit pic.twitter.com/IVYLHCsvGK
— Casey Mattingly (@CaseyMattingly) February 19, 2019
Perhaps the most inspiring moments, however, were those centered around students. Student presentations, combined with the off-site school visits, helped guests see firsthand how PLTW impacts millions of students across the country.
Seriously... my favorite part of this conference is hearing the students talking about their experiences. So inspiring! 🤩 #PLTWSummit pic.twitter.com/g2n0SoNUZC
— Todd Bauer (@TBauerWCHS) February 2, 2019
For three days, thousands of guests experienced PLTW through interactive workshops, general sessions, networking opportunities, and more. Each PLTW Summit offered guests this same high-quality experience, but with a local flair that made them uniquely their own – from the Wild West in San Antonio and roarin’ ’20s in Kansas City to beach day in Anaheim and night at the museum in Indianapolis.
These bandits stole some great ideas from the conference. #PLTWSummit @mjhsbears @ohjhPLTW pic.twitter.com/PuldMZB8lh
— MJH PLTW (@MJHBearsPLTW) October 31, 2018
The four 2018-19 PLTW Summit experiences offered a total of 768 workshop sessions, during which guests completed 1,056 CEU-eligible hours. Workshop sessions covered everything from best practices for implementing PLTW to how to create a hologram.
Additionally, 107 teachers earned their PLTW Launch Classroom Teacher credential and another 48 became PLTW Launch Lead Teachers. Dozens more received Update Training for PLTW Gateway's App Creators and new Medical Detectives unit.
Opportunities to Connect
Networking opportunities offered PLTW Summit guests meaningful ways to connect with others who are passionate about providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning experiences.
"Being able to network with other teachers, from PLTW Launch all the way through high school, and get different ideas and see how to expand our curriculum – how to do after-school programming, how to challenge our kids, maybe how to do one of the PLTW lessons just a little bit different – is really incredible," said Eryca Card, PLTW PreK-8 coordinator, sixth grade science teacher, and PLTW Educational Leader of the Year. "To have so many people across the entire nation that you can reach out to, I think that's invaluable."
Had a great experience at the PLTW in Anaheim this past weekend. Renewing old acquaintances, meeting new and great people, sharing ideas, tons of learning, and getting recharged as I return to the classroom. Thanks for the great time and now to CHOOSE CALM.
— Bill Rae (@Brae7776) February 4, 2019
Celebrating Student Achievement
Guests heard from 47 student speakers, who shared how PLTW has transformed their lives, opened the door to career opportunities, and changed their perspectives on life and learning.
For many guests, this is their favorite part of the PLTW Summit experience. Why? "Because that's why we do what we do. It's all for them," one guest said.