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You will find the updated schedule in the same place we’d typically post the PLTW Core Training Schedule. Please navigate to the PLTW Core Training page under Professional Development on the PLTW website. 

Right now. 2020 PLTW Core Training registration is currently open.

Training

Price

PLTW Launch – Classroom Teacher

$500

PLTW Launch – Lead Teacher

$700

PLTW Gateway – 3-Day (EE, GA, ME, ST)

$750

PLTW Gateway – 5-Day (AR, AC, CSIM, DM, FS, MD)

$1,200

PLTW High School

$2,400

If a school or teacher needs help with travel changes or cancellation, the best thing to do is to cancel these reservations as soon as possible and in accordance with the provider’s policy.

Those impacted should reach out directly to the travel provider. Many hotels and airlines are being flexible with customers during this time.

PLTW will invoice schools or districts for costs related to PLTW Core Training. 

Questions about your invoice? Please contact the PLTW Solution Center at [email protected] or at 877-335-7589.

PLTW is evaluating PLTW Core Training and will consider the feedback received during summer 2020 to determine training opportunities throughout the school year. 

PLTW suspended the End-of-Course Assessment for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent school closures it has caused across the U.S. 

PLTW will continue to monitor the quickly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and make necessary changes with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and local public health agencies. PLTW anticipates that the End-of-Course Assessments will resume next year. 

Benefits provided to students are decided at the individual institution level.  Some institutions will continue to offer credit and other opportunities without an End-of-Course assessment score, while others are unable to. Click here to review an updating list of colleges and universities accepting alternatives in lieu of End-of-Course Assessment scores. For additional information, please reach out to the institution.

The Informative Assessment Tool is designed to be flexible. While it can be used to prepare students for the End-of-Course Assessment, teachers may also incorporate Informative Assessments into classroom activities or assignments. The blocks are designed to be flexible; they can be used once or multiple times and can be used to create a shorter or longer test. 

Preview Access is a limited time-only view of a course currently in development. While all teachers can explore the curriculum and the embedded Update Training resources, content is subject to change and rostering features are not yet available. 

PLTW is offering Preview Access to Launch, Gateway, and High School Courses. Please see the specific modules and units listed below:

  • High School
    • Unit 1 of Introduction to Engineering Design
    • Unit 1 of Principles of Biomedical Science 
    • Unit 1 of Computer Science A
  • Gateway
    • Design and Modeling Unit
  • Launch
    • Third Grade Modules

Since Engineering Essentials is currently in Beta, early release of this course would disrupt the ongoing teacher and student experience. Engineering Essentials will be available as previously planned on July 1 to all credentialed teachers. 

As this preview is ahead of schedule, Computer Science Principles remains under review with the College Board to receive its endorsement for the 2020-21 school year. Computer Science Principles will be released to all credentialed teachers on July 1 as previously planned. 

Providing early access to one of the units allows PLTW to maintain the development timeline on all courses. Flight and Space will be available as previously planned on May 1 to all credentialed teachers. 

Since the Third Grade Modules were the first to be completed, early release of these modules was possible without disrupting the curriculum development timeline. 

Preview Access for new courses is accessible within myPLTW Courses alongside all other available courses. Please reference the timelines in the last question below to understand what Preview Access courses are exclusively available to credentialed teachers. 

PLTW invites you to explore the new curriculum. You’ll be able to see new approaches to courses and participate in the Update Training resources. 

 Please reference the timelines below.

Yes, schools may continue to submit applications.

If schools desire their Year 1 payment to be sent as soon as possible, then they must sign the grant agreement, Terms and Conditions, and upload their W-9 form.

Schools may complete reports if they are able to/desire to complete them. However, schools will not be penalized for not completing reports until further notice.

No, PLTW will not require survey completion of grantees this spring.

Yes, schools can continue to utilize any grant codes they were sent previously to register for training.

PLTW will work with all grantees in their final year of their grant. Further guidance will be provided at a later date.

PLTW will work with all grantees who have unused funds. During this time, schools will not be penalized if grant funds aren’t spent by the end of their grant period. Further guidance will be provided at a later date.

Yes. During training, participants will have a regular schedule of live sessions with their cohort and Master Teachers and will also be asked to participate in work to prepare for the next live session – called prep. We expect participants to attend all live sessions and complete all prep for their credential. 

The amount of time in live sessions and prep varies, depending on which schedule option participants select. During registration, the start and end date, as well as specific live session dates and times and expectations for prep are listed for each course so that participants can choose the timeline that works best for them.

This is work to prepare for the next live session. 

Prep work can be done on a flexible schedule – in your own time. You’ll still have engagement with other learners and instructors during this time by way of activities such as discussion forums, peer feedback opportunities, and small group collaboration via Zoom. Master Teachers will also have open office hours throughout the day to provide support.

These are your scheduled sessions with your Master Teacher and cohort when learning happens in real time and where learners and instructors meet to engage with each other. During live sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to get immediate feedback from your instructors.

PLTW Core Training with an Original Schedule refers to the cohort occurring during the originally scheduled date and duration. These opportunities are the shortest in date range duration and will have the most synchronous time required per day. 

PLTW Course

Original Schedule (8am to 5pm daily)

Days of the Week for Live Sessions

Number of Live Sessions per Day

Amount of Time per Live Session

Expected Prep Time Per Day

PLTW Launch

16 hrs over 2 days

M/T or W/Th

2

2

4

PLTW Gateway 3-day

24 hrs over 3 days

M/T/W

2

2

4

PLTW Gateway 5-day

40 hrs over 5 days

M/T/W/Th/Fr

2

2

4

PLTW Computer Science

76 hrs over 10 days

M/T/W/Th/Fr

2

2

4

PLTW Biomedical Science

76 hrs over 10 days

M/T/W/Th/Fr

2

2

4

PLTW Engineering

76 hrs over 10 days

M/T/W/Th/Fr

2

2

4

PLTW Core Training with a Flexible Schedule refers to the cohort occurring over an extended date range. This flexible schedule includes less live session time per day. The same course content is covered but over an extended date range. 

PLTW Course

Flexible Schedule

Days of the Week for Live Sessions

Number of Live Sessions per Day

Amount of Time per Live Session

Expected Prep Time Per Day

PLTW Launch

16 hours over 4 days

M/T/W/Th

1

2

2

PLTW Gateway

5-day

40 hrs over 2 weeks / 20 hrs of learning time per week

M/T/W/Th/Fr

1

2

2

PLTW Computer Science

76 hrs over 4 weeks / 19 hrs of learning time per week

M/T/W/Th/Fr

1

2

2

PLTW Biomedical Science

76 hrs over 4 weeks / 19 hrs of learning time per week

M/T/W/Th/Fr

1

2

2

PLTW Engineering

76 hrs over 4 weeks / 19 hrs of learning time per week

M/T/W/Th/Fr

1

2

2

PLTW Gateway 3-day courses do not have a Flexible Schedule option.

There is no difference. The technology utilized, PLTW course content, assignments, and activities covered during training are always the same. The key difference between the two types of schedule is the time commitment required per day and the total number of days the live sessions are spread across.

We’ve designed these options to provide as much flexibility as possible, and teachers interested in attending should choose the option with the start date, end date, and meeting schedule that best accommodates their personal schedule. 

Please refer to the PLTW Professional Development Catalog in myPLTW for a complete listing of all course options. There, you will find the specific start date, end date, live session schedule, and expectations for prep for each training opportunity. 

You may navigate to the catalog by logging into myPLTW, choosing the Professional Development icon and selecting the Catalog

If the live session meeting times do not conflict, yes, it is possible to register for and attend more than one PLTW Core Training. Please keep in mind that PLTW Core Training goes beyond live sessions to include time in between live sessions to complete activities required for preparing for the next live session as well as complete expectations for credentialing – the experience also includes interactive and collaborative cohort-based opportunities. We want you to get the most out of the experience and encourage you to closely review the time commitments and consider your personal schedule before registering.

If you register for an Original Schedule option, we do not recommend attending more than one training based on the expected time commitment.

If you are considering two Flexible Schedule options, please closely review the time commitments and consider your personal schedule before registering. To give you the best opportunity to successfully earn your credential and build relationships, we recommend no more than two concurrent PLTW Core Trainings during the same date span.

Other than the standard tuition fee, additional cost considerations should include equipment used to complete a course online such as a laptop, webcam, microphone, and headphones. Teachers will also need access to reliable internet.

Participants will need to provide hardware, including computer, webcam, microphone, and headphones, in addition to reliable internet. 

It’s helpful to have a comfortable and professional space to work, along with basic office supplies like pencil and paper. Participants will not need course-specific equipment or supplies; however, participants may need course-specific software. Please see required software for each course, unit, or program as listed at https://www.pltw.org/training-technical-requirements

Yes, teachers can earn CEUs from successful completion of PLTW Core Training. The total CEUs for each course will be guided by the content presented during training. Each course in a program may have a different number of CEUs.

To find state-specific information about CEUs, please visit the teacher licensure page of the state-specific Department of Education website. Typically, applicable information is found on the teacher licensing page.

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.

PLTW Core Training Overview  

Downloadable One-Page PDF about PLTW Core Training

Frequently Asked Questions about PLTW PD, including more information about IACET CEUs and accessing your transcript

PLTW partners with multiple postsecondary institutions 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.

In summer 2020, PLTW Core Training is being offered online due to government mandated social distancing guidelines to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

In fall 2020, we’ll offer job-embedded PLTW Core Training options, also delivered online, as well as Professional Development Plans (PDPs). 
We’re also exploring how to provide more options for PLTW Core Training during the school year and will share details as they are available.
Training opportunities vary by PLTW Course. Please visit the catalog or the PLTW Professional Development webpage to view a complete list of training options per PLTW Course. 

There are three Gateway courses and one high school course not available this summer: Science of Technology, Green Architecture, Magic of Electrons, and Environmental Sustainability.

Teachers interested in these courses will have ways to gain access to the curriculum when they need to in the fall and earn their credential, either through a Professional Development Plan (PDP) or PLTW Core Training. We’ll release more details about these options as they are available.

Participants are required to have a computer that meets or exceeds the minimum computer specifications as well as required software as applicable for each course, unit, or program as listed at https://www.pltw.org/training-technical-requirements. A robust internet connection is also required.

Teachers will have access to multi-channel educational resources that support and reinforce the skills learned in PLTW Core Training throughout the school year, including

  • Community, a PLTW credentialed teacher exclusive forum for collaboration and knowledge sharing for hundreds of PLTW teachers and Master Teachers;
  • A robust reference resource catalog to reinforce equipment usage and lab implementations in classrooms; and
  • Optional post-training webinars to reinforce learned skills and explore course-specific equipment, materials, and supplies.

Yes, during April, May, June, and July 2020 all training opportunities will be online. PLTW will continue to assess the guidelines released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) in subsequent months to determine when in-person training opportunities are again possible.   

If a school or district is interested in hosting a District Transformation Training, please complete the District Transformation Training Request Form.

Yes. PLTW will not charge a PDP tuition fee in cases where there is no PLTW Core Training option for the course in summer 2020 and a PDP is the only option in fall 2020.

Anyone currently registered for a PLTW training option will receive more information about their registration in mid-April. We’ll describe the training opportunity they are currently registered for and the other training opportunities available. When applicable, a teacher may receive a new invoice.

Absolutely.  The tool is designed to facilitate multiple purposes, and teachers can use it to design different types of assessments, including as a final summative exam, and as an instructional/curricular activity.  The PLTW Solution Center and PLTW Assessment Team recently hosted a live webinar about how to use the Informative Assessment Tool. You can view a recording of that webinar here.

To create a final, i.e. summative, exam, we recommend that teachers choose multiple blocks of items – no fewer than 6 to ensure at least 30 items.  We recommend that 40-50 minutes be allotted for 5 blocks and that about 100 minutes should be allowed for students to complete a full 10 blocks of items.