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CORE TRAINING


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Overview……………………………………………………………..…………..…………..........................................……6

Why Should You Attend PLTW Core Training — Key Experience Benefits.................9

Experience the Difference………………………………..…………..………….................................................12

Readiness Training and Resources to Get You Started……........................................….14

Dynamic and Interactive Experience……………………………………........................................14

Robust and Comprehensive Support..................................................................................15

PLTW Training Guarantee.......................................................................................................16

Scheduling Options..................................................................................................................18

PLTW Core Training Course Availability………………………………..................................20-23


PLTW Program and Course Overviews……………….......................………..….................................26

PLTW Launch…………………………………………………………………..……........................................28

PLTW Gateway...…………………………………………………………………..……..................................30

PLTW Computer Science...……………………………………………………………...............................33

PLTW Engineering……………………………………………………........................…....................……34

PLTW Biomedical Science………………………………………................................………………....36

How to Register for PLTW Core Training…………….........…………..….............................................40

Technical Requirements……………………………………………....................................….............41

To register for PLTW Core Training………………....................................…............……..........42

Frequently Asked Questions……………………..…………..….....................................................46


PLTW Core Training was fantastic! First, the Master Teachers were exceptional — ­ well prepared, organized, and professional. They worked the curriculum and submitting our assignments was straightforward. The other teachers attending were enthusiastic and fun to work with!” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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This program will generate excitement among the students and enhance the learning experience. It is real-world problem solving at its best. The process students learn to use for problem solving will take them throughout their lives.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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Empowering You to Facilitate Transformative Experiences for Your Students PLTW Core Training is a robust and interactive professional development experience in an environment that offers a dynamic training format, expanded resources, exciting networking opportunities, and the engaging high-quality course content that teachers expect from PLTW. Expertly trained Master Teachers facilitate and deliver the online learning experience through a dynamic mix of live sessions, as well as interactive and collaborative cohort-based opportunities that help build lasting professional learning communities. Credentialed teachers feel empowered to provide meaningful learning experiences for their students that reinforce the in-demand, transferable skills needed to thrive in an evolving world. 6


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Why Should You Attend PLTW Core Training — Key Experience Benefits • Meaningful professional development experiences conducted in an energetic and interactive platform • Dynamic mix of live sessions and in-depth exploration of PLTW coursework facilitated by expert Master Teachers • Content and skills needed to continue your PLTW course implementation • Many opportunities to collaborate with Master Teachers and participants throughout the experience • Best-in-class online facilitation to ensure the quality delivery of course content • The same high-quality training experience without the added cost of travel and housing • Ability to stay on track with your PLTW program implementation timeline • Facilitation by Master Teachers promotes adaptable tips and tools for onsite and online learning environments • Confidence needed to continue preparing students to thrive in an evolving world

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This is my 6th PLTW Core Training. I always enjoy the coursework and getting immersed in learning, much like the students will be doing during the school year. PLTW keeps my drive to teach strong.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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The instruction was meaningful. The instructors created a learning environment that set everybody up for success.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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Readiness Training and Resources to Get You Started Before PLTW Core Training begins, teachers will experience an overview of the PLTW course and learn the goals, pace, and time commitment of PLTW Core Training through PLTW prerequisite training. PLTW prerequisite training will discuss the expectations of the PLTW Core Training experience and help teachers ensure they have the computer hardware, software, and any additional technology needed to successfully complete PLTW Core Training.

Dynamic and Interactive Experience The PLTW Core Training experience includes live online sessions where learning happens in real time led by expertly trained Master Teachers. During live sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to get immediate feedback from your instructors and engage with fellow participants. PLTW has intentionally built in community building and collaboration so you will have ample time to interact with both your Master Teachers and other participants. Additionally, Master Teachers provide support through the entire experience during live sessions and through office hours available to meet one-on-one with individuals or groups.

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Robust and Comprehensive Support After PLTW Core Training, 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 thousands of PLTW teachers and Master Teachers • A robust reference resource catalog to reinforce equipment usage and lab implementations in classrooms • Optional post-training webinars to reinforce learned skills and explore course-specific equipment, materials, and supplies

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PLTW Training Guarantee- Ensuring Continuity for Your PLTW Programs The PLTW Training Guarantee protects the investment a district makes in its teachers when it sponsors them to earn a PLTW credential. Through the PLTW Training Guarantee, we aim to remove a key risk for districts, and support sustainability and continuation of the PLTW program for their students. The PLTW Training Guarantee protects a district’s investment in PLTW programs by guaranteeing that if a teacher leaves within four years of earning a PLTW credential, PLTW will provide a grant in the amount of the current training fee for the district to train a teacher in the same program, replace the credential(s), and support continued student learning. PLTW is committed to helping students attain the transportable, in-demand skills needed to thrive in our evolving world. Below are the PLTW Training Guarantee eligibility details: • The PLTW Training Guarantee is valid for four years from the date the teacher leaving earned the credential. This means that the teacher filling the open position must receive training within four years from the date the teacher who left earned the credential. Credentials earned prior to June 1, 2017 are not eligible for the PLTW Training Guarantee. • The district must be in good financial standing with PLTW (e.g., no invoices 60 days or more past due). • The teacher filling the open position must complete training in the same program in which the original teacher earned a credential. • All credentials earned by the departing teacher are eligible for the guarantee if they fall in the four-year timeframe and were earned after June 1, 2017. Learn more about the PLTW Training Guarantee here.

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Scheduling Options PLTW Core Training offers a variety of schedule and course duration options designed to provide flexibility to participants earning their PLTW teaching credential as they teach the curriculum to their students. Each course has scheduled live sessions called Cohort Connection. Master Teachers facilitate these live meetings using Zoom. Through Cohort Connection, participants will learn from Master Teachers and experience the PLTW course content during training. The frequency of Cohort Connection will vary by course. Participants will also be able to complete portions of their work outside of Cohort Connection, through activities called It’s Your Turn. It’s Your Turn is time participants spend preparing for the next Cohort Connection. During It’s Your Turn, participants may work individually on an activity, collaborate in assigned small groups, or meet virtually with their Master Teacher.

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Access specific PLTW Core Training schedules on pltw.org. P LT W P R O G R A M

PLTW LAUNCH (PREK-5)

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PLTW Launch Classroom Teacher PLTW Launch Lead Teacher App Creators Automation and Robotics Computer Science for Innovators and Makers Design and Modeling

PLTW GATEWAY (6-8)

Energy and the Environment Flight and Space Green Architecture Magic of Electrons Medical Detectives Science of Technology

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Computer Science A PLTW COMPUTER SCIENCE

Computer Science Essentials Computer Science Principles Cybersecurity – Part 1 & 2 Engineering Design and Development Aerospace Engineering Engineering Essentials

PLTW ENGINEERING

Introduction to Engineering Design Principles of Engineering Civil Engineering and Architecture Computer Integrated Manufacturing Digital Electronics Biomedical Innovation

PLTW BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE

Human Body Systems Medical Interventions Principles of Biomedical Science

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The instructors did a great job guiding participants through the modules and giving us adequate time to digest the material. The breakout rooms gave colleagues an opportunity to collaborate and communicate. They maintained a level of engagement for participants that gets me excited to really want to dive in and start sharing these modules and experiences with my students.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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This training was awesome in the sense you literally walk through almost every single activity, project, and problem. It has 100% prepared me to teach this in a school setting, whether it be virtually or in person.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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PLTW Program and Course Overviews We believe all students – beginning at a young age – need access to real-world, applied learning experiences that empower them to gain the skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond. That’s why our pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science provide hands-on learning opportunities from the first day of prekindergarten through senior year.

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PLTW Launch PLTW Launch taps into students’ exploratory nature, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering – now and for years to come. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations, students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and learn to try and try again when faced with challenges.

PLTW Launch Classroom Teacher $500

PLTW Launch Lead Teacher $700

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they engage in cross-disciplinary activities and develop skills related to problem-solving, critical and creative thinking, collaboration, and perseverance.

Develop the conceptual understanding and instructional leadership you’ll need to support program implementation and guide colleagues as they facilitate PLTW Launch in their classrooms.

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PLTW Gateway PLTW Gateway sparks a joy of discovery and illuminates the range of paths students can look forward to in high school and beyond. Students apply knowledge and skills from a variety of disciplines. By tackling challenges like designing a therapeutic toy for a child with cerebral palsy, creating their own app, or solving a medical mystery, students are empowered to make a real-world impact.

Energy and the Environment $750 Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to challenge your students to think big as they explore sustainable solutions to energy needs and investigate the impact of energy on their lives and the world around them.

Green Architecture $750

Design and Modeling $1,200

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to promote student understanding and application of dimensioning, measuring, and architectural sustainability as they design affordable housing units.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives.

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App Creators $1,200

Automation and Robotics $1,200

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they recognize computer science as a means to computationally analyze and develop solutions to authentic problems through mobile app development.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they explore mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.

Medical Detectives $1,200

Flight and Space $1,200

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to empower students to solve medical mysteries and learn how the systems of the human body work together to maintain health.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to challenge your students to explore the science of aeronautics as they design, build, and test an airfoil.

Magic of Electrons $750

Science of Technology $750

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they explore the behavior and structure of atoms and consider the impact of electricity on the world around them.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide student exploration of physics, chemistry, and nanotechnology concepts as they work to clean up a fictional oil spill and understand the properties of nano-materials.

Computer Science for Innovators and Makers $1,200 Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to inspire students as they dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like improving an existing product.

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PLTW Computer Science PLTW Computer Science engages students in true-to-life activities like creating an online art portal or developing problem-solving apps.

Computer Science Principles $2,400

Computer Science Essentials $2,400

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to empower students to discover computer science tools that foster creativity and collaboration, and use what they’ve learned to tackle challenges like app development and simulation.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they encounter the major topics, big ideas, and computational thinking practices used by computing professionals to solve problems and create value for others.

Cybersecurity $2,400

Computer Science A $2,400

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they learn about the ever-growing and far-reaching field of cybersecurity.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to inspire students as they create original solutions to problems while designing user interfaces and webbased databases designed to serve a real need in their community.

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PLTW Engineering PLTW Engineering immerses students in activities like designing a home, programming electronic devices, or exploring algae as a biofuel source.

Aerospace Engineering $2,400

Engineering Design and Development $2,400

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they explore the physics of flight and bring what they’re learning to life while designing a glider and programming an autonomous space rover.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they explore topics such as mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation and then solve challenges like designing a self-powered car.

Principles of Engineering $2,400

Engineering Essentials $2,400

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they explore topics such as mechanisms, strength of structure and materials, and automation and then solve challenges like designing a self-powered car.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to support students as they learn about the far-reaching and diverse applications of engineering.

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Digital Electronics $2,400

Civil Engineering and Architecture $2,400

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they explore the foundations of computing and create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to empower students to explore building and site design and development and then apply what they know to design a commercial.

Computer Integrated Manufacturing $2,400

Introduction Engineering Design $2,400

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to empower students to explore manufacturing processes, product design, robotics, and automation and then design solutions for real-world manufacturing problems.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to inspire students as they dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects like improving an existing product.

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PLTW Biomedical Science PLTW Biomedical Science students step into the roles of medical investigators, surgeons, and biomedical engineers.

Human Body Systems $2,400

Biomedical Innovation $2,400

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they examine the interactions of human body systems and apply understanding of forensic anthropology and DNA analysis to solve real-world medical cases.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to support students as they design their own innovative solutions for the most pressing health challenges of the 21st century.

Medical Interventions $2,400

Principles of Biomedical Science $2,400

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they design a prosthetic arm and follow the life of a fictitious family in order to investigate prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

Develop the conceptual and instructional understanding you’ll need to guide students as they step into the roles of medical professionals to solve real-world problems such as analyzing evidence to solve a crime scene or tracking down and containing a medical outbreak.

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I believe that this course will help us as teachers to influence our students to take on more courses involving STEM.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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“This class was taught in a way that I found very helpful. Initially, I was concerned about taking this class online. After day one, all those concerns went away. This was a very informative class.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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How to Register for PLTW Core Training To register for PLTW Core Training, you must have a myPLTW account. A myPLTW account provides access to everything schools and districts need to implement, manage, and grow their PLTW programs, including PLTW Professional Development opportunities. Don’t have a myPLTW account? You can open one by going to my.pltw.org.

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Technical Requirements Participants will need hardware, including computer, webcam, microphone, and headphones, in addition to reliable internet. Participants will receive course specific equipment and supplies needed to complete their PLTW Core Training. In addition, participants may need course specific software. Please see required software for each course, unit, or program as listed here.

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To register for PLTW Core Training, follow the steps next page, watch this short video, or refer to this helpful guide outlining the event registration process:

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Click Register Now.

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Enter user credentials and select Log in.

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Select Professional Development from the homepage.

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Select Catalog at the top of the page.

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Navigate to the desired PLTW Professional Development experience by scrolling through the

displayed list or using the filter tool on the left side of the page.

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When you locate the desired PLTW Professional Development experience, select View Track.

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Select Start Track.

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Review the available PLTW Core Training offerings and select Register for your preferred event.

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Complete the registration form with all required information and select Submit Registration.

10. On the Cart page, review the information and select Proceed to Checkout. Please note, your seat

is not held until you complete the checkout process and pay for the training event.

11. Enter all billing details and select Submit.

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“It was so much more than what I had expected as it focuses on best practices for instruction and getting students to become high-level thinkers.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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“This is by far the best professional development training I’ve ever had! The material stretched me well beyond my comfort zone and energized me to take this back to our school as an upper level advanced course.” — PLTW Core Training Participant

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PLTW Core Training is a robust and interactive professional development experience in an environment that offers a dynamic training format,...

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