PLTW Core Training Empowers Educators to Infuse a New Way of Teaching Into the Classroom

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Our teacher training provides educators with the tools they need to engage, inspire, and empower students.

Through a challenging training curriculum, the expert guidance of Master Teachers, and the support of a professional community of educators, PLTW has transformed traditional instruction. Our approach to professional development prepares educators to lead the engaging PLTW experience in their classrooms and provides the continuing support they need to be successful. 

Teachers begin their PLTW Professional Development experience by completing prerequisite courses that focus on an introduction to PLTW and essential foundational knowledge. Then, through our Core Training experience – delivered in person, online, and through a blended model that includes both in-person and online – we empower teachers to develop the knowledge and skills they need to inspire students. 

Following Core Training, PLTW teachers have access to ongoing learning opportunities — including PLTW Summit — that provide them with the resources they need to continue growing and thriving.

PLTW Professional Development is an unmatched experience that extends beyond Core Training.

  • Industry Experience Opportunities: PLTW Core Training participants have the opportunity to see firsthand what challenges businesses are solving and how they value PLTW students’ knowledge and skills. PLTW brings industry experiences to life and empowers teachers to take their career learning experiences back to their classrooms.
  • Continuing Education Units: PLTW is proud to be an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). This designation certifies that PLTW complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard, which is recognized internationally as a standard of excellence in instructional practices. All teachers who successfully complete their PLTW Core Training will receive IACET CEUs.
  • PLTW Training Guarantee: PLTW protects a district’s investment in training a PLTW teacher by guaranteeing if a teacher leaves within three years of earning a PLTW credential and goes to another PLTW district, PLTW will provide a grant in the amount of the training fee for the district to train a teacher in the same course and prevent disruption in student learning. Guarantee applies to any credentials earned beginning June 1, 2019, and afterward. Other restrictions may apply.

More training options and flexibility to meet teachers’ learning needs and preferences. One unmatched experience.

In Person

PLTW training hubs across the U.S. offer a consistently excellent in-person training experience, with ease of access to high-quality venues and amenities. The in-person training includes full immersion in course content for up to two weeks, with duration varying by course. PLTW Launch Classroom and Lead Teachers attend a two-day in-person training; PLTW Gateway teachers participate in a three-day or five-day training, depending on the course; and PLTW high school teachers spend two weeks immersed in our in-person Core Training.


Online Core Training offers a job-embedded experience in which teachers virtually interact with one another in real time, use the experiences in their classroom as a springboard for learning, and apply what they learn the very same day or next week in their classrooms. The duration of Online Core Training varies from 10 to 14 weeks, depending on the course. Throughout the training, teachers can expect to spend two hours each week in a live online meeting collaborating with peers and should also anticipate engaging with coursework or related tasks for up to three hours per week. Teachers must be actively teaching the course while participating in training.


Blended Core Training combines both in-person and online core training experience. This model consists of a five-day immersive, in-person Core Training during the summer and ongoing, job-embedded, online support continuing into the fall. During each training component, teachers experience the curriculum from the student perspective, as well as receive continued support as they work to prepare themselves to effectively facilitate the course during their first year. Teachers must successfully complete both training experiences to earn a PLTW credential.

2019 Core Training Schedule

To get started on your PLTW Professional Development journey, review the 2019 Core Training course offerings below. This is meant to serve as a tool to aid in your planning as you engage in in-depth leaning with PLTW. The schedule is subject to change and offerings vary by course and location. The schedule does not yet include business or industry partner-hosted trainings, District Transformation Trainings, or grant-related training opportunities. PLTW will share additional venue information and cost considerations at the time of registration. Check myPLTW in early 2019 for updates and to register.