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For America to remain economically competitive, our next generation of leaders - today's students - must develop the critical-reasoning and problem-solving skills that will make them the most productive in the world. The PLTW curriculum is founded in the fundamental problem-solving and critical-thinking skills taught in traditional career and technical education (CTE), but at the same time, is aligned with Common Core State Standards in Math and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and other national and state standards. This integration creates what U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan calls one of the "great models of the new CTE that is succeeding all across the country." Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM education curricular programs used in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the United States. More than 6,500 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia have offered PLTW courses to their students. In addition, PLTW has trained more than 19,000 teachers to instruct its engaging, rigorous STEM education curriculum. Additional information about Project Lead The Way can be found at www.pltw.org.



PLTW at Auburn University

Auburn University serves as the Project Lead The Way (PLTW)’s Engineering and Biomedical Science Affiliate University for the state of Alabama. In this role, Auburn University facilitates the delivery of the PLTW Engineering, Biomedical Science, Gateway, and Launch by providing professional development through its core training and counselor conferences, as well as college-level recognition, program initiatives, and statewide/regional support and communication.

Core Training

Each summer and winter, Auburn University offers Core Training for Engineering, Biomedical Science, Gateway, and Launch programs to train participants to become Project Lead The Way teachers. According to the PLTW network agreement, only trained PLTW teachers may teach the curriculum.

Core Training provides teachers with the knowledge to utilize the PLTW technology, software and associated curriculum. Classes are taught by PLTW Master Teachers and Affiliate Professors who bring hands-on teaching experience to the classroom. PLTW pays significant attention to assessing the teachers’ readiness for the intensive training.

Supplemental Training

Each summer and winter, Auburn University offers Supplemental Training to help participants to become better Project Lead The Way teachers.

Supplemental Training provides teachers with the knowledge to utilize the PLTW technology, software and associated curriculum. Classes are taught by Auburn University staff who bring hands-on teaching experience to the classroom.

Annual Conference

Auburn provides advisor and counselor training annually, in the form of a Counselor Conference. School districts agree to permit appropriate advisors and counselors to attend the conference and pay all fees and expenses incurred. Although school districts may encourage all advisors and counselors to attend the conference at least once, it is required that each school district send at least one advisor or counselor to the annual conference.

Become Involved

To join the Alabama PLTW email list, see the contact page.



Last Updated: 11/18/2016