University of Massachusetts Lowell3 Solomont Way Lowell, MA 01854
PLTW Solution Center
Phone: 877.335.PLTW (7589)Email: [email protected]
To ensure our teachers can train this summer and implement programs in fall 2020, we are moving to a completely virtual training experience this summer. There will be no onsite face-to-face trainings conducted in summer 2020. Detailed information about these experiences and transfer information for previous in-person registrations will be available soon.
UMass Lowell is located in Lowell, Mass., just north of Boston, a global epicenter of biomedicine. A strong network of PLTW partners in Massachusetts – including the One8 Foundation and Mass STEM Hub, as well as policymakers, business/industry, and postsecondary institutions such as UMass Lowell and WPI – support and empower PLTW students and teachers in the state. Like PLTW, UMass Lowell is committed to preparing students for work in the real world – solving real problems and helping real people. We’ll held classes in Weed Hall, which is home to most departments of the School of Health and Environment (SHE).
Please refer to the 2020 Core Training Schedule to review the time frame for each course.
PLTW is pleased to offer standard pricing for all PLTW Core Traing classes. The tuition fee covers access to all training materials, course facilitation, and support by expert Master Teachers along with PLTW-branded swag and the PLTW Training Guarantee.
Training Tuition Fee
PLTW Launch – Classroom Teacher
PLTW Launch – Lead Teacher
PLTW Gateway – 3-day
PLTW Gateway – 5-day
PLTW high school courses
Planning Your Investment
When you register for Core Training in myPLTW, you will need to provide a credit card or purchase order to secure, and pay for, your Core Training seat and any add-ons like on-campus housing and parking. Use this INVESTMENT TOOL to plan for your 2020 Core Training experience at this venue and secure any advance approvals.
Payment Guarantee Form
If you are unable to provide credit card information or a purchase order to confirm your registration, you may choose to use the Payment Guarantee Form to register:
- Select PO Number
- Enter Payment Guarantee as your purchase order number
- Choose Upload Files and upload a completed copy of the Payment Guarantee Form
PLTW reserves the right to cancel any PLTW Core Training registration where a false or inaccurate purchase order was uploaded during the registration process.
One key to a successful start to your Core Training experience is preparation with the hardware and software you need for your courses. Detailed information about the requirements for each course can be found here. A few general tips to keep in mind include
- Review the Technology Requirements specific to your course well in advance of your training.
- Work with your school or district's IT department ot acquire the device(s) you need, whitelist the suggested websites, and install the software needed for the course.
- Request administrator rights to your device. If you need help troubleshooting issues during Core Training, this is critical to have in place so that problems can be solved with our PLTW Solution Center. With no administrator rights, our PLTW Solution Center will be limited in the help they can provide.
- Complete software tutorials in the prerequisite materials.
Your learning journey starts before your first meeting. To prepare you for the exciting challenge of Core Training, prerequisite training introduces you to Project Lead The Way and builds a foundation for the course you will be taking—providing an introduction to the learning experience, course tools, and additional resources that set you up for success. You must complete prerequisite training after you register and before you arrive for check-in.
CEU and Graduate Credit Info
Earning IACET CEUs Issued by PLTW
PLTW is proud to partner with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Teachers can earn IACET CEUs when they complete Core Training, as well as select other PLTW professional development experiences.
One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience that has clear objectives to meet learner needs and assess outcomes. When you successfully complete Core Training, we’ll provide you with a transcript that includes the name of the course, the total number of professional development hours completed, and the total number of CEUs earned. You can view your CEUs at any time by visiting the Professional Development section of myPLTW and clicking on Transcript.
A wide range of organizations – including several states’ departments of education and school districts – recognize IACET CEUs as the official standard for continuing education and training, which allows teachers to use IACET CEUs toward licensure or certification renewal. The IACET website has a list of agencies that accept its accreditation. Teachers must confirm with their school/district administrator, state department of education, or other relevant organization if IACET CEUs qualify as recognized CEUs based on specific state or local requirements.
Getting PLTW PD Approved by Your District
We encourage you to confirm with your school/district administrator that PLTW Core Training qualifies for your training needs and may be included in any local training plan and count toward licensure renewal requirements. Here are some resources you might find useful as you make the case to include PLTW Core Training in your local training plan:
• Downloadable One-Page PDF about PLTW Core Training
• Frequently Asked Questions about PLTW PD, including more information about IACET CEUs and accessing your transcript
Applying for Graduate Credit
Project Lead The Way partners with multiple postsecondary institutions that offer graduate credit for select PLTW programs and courses. View the current list of postsecondary partners that offer graduate credit here, along with specific application details, cost, and requirements. All graduate credit opportunities are created, managed, and issued by the offering institution. Please contact the offering institution directly if you have any questions about a specific opportunity.
Participant Cancellations or Substitutions
You can cancel your training registration with no penalty up to 21 days prior to the first scheduled day of training.
You can make participant substitutions up to the day of the event if participants come prepared with the necessary technology and complete all prerequisite assignments. Once training has started, you cannot make substitutions.
Cancellations made within 21 days of the event incur the full training fee made for Virtual Core Training. If you do not cancel, make a timely substitution, or do not attend, you are responsible for full payment of the training fee. We cannot apply funds paid towards a cancellation or substitution fee to future training events. Payment is required even if you don’t successfully complete training and earn the credential.
PLTW Schedule Changes
To enable you to plan effectively, we strive to avoid cancelling or changing training events after participants have registered. However, from time to time, PLTW may cancel a training event if the experience does not meet our quality standards due to insufficient registrations, equipment availability, or other reasons. PLTW reserves the right to cancel or change a class at any time but will provide at least 21 days’ notice of the cancellation or change, whenever possible. In the event of a cancellation, PLTW will work to promptly accommodate all registered trainees through an alternative training option. PLTW is not responsible for any costs that may be incurred due to the cancellation of a scheduled class such as cancellation penalties for transportation or accommodations.