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Core Training Important Information


Core Training focuses on building awareness and confidence related to STEM education; activity, project, and problem-based learning; the roles of the teacher and student as they relate to instruction; and course-specific STEM content. Core Training is a collaborative, in-person training experience facilitated by PLTW Master Teachers. 

After successful completion of Core Training, teachers receive access to the National PLTW Professional Learning Community (PLC), course-specific student and classroom instructional resources, and Ongoing Training resources all through the PLTW LMS. 

Together with Readiness Training, and Ongoing Training, Core Training completes the three phase PLTW professional development model.

2016 Winter Core Training:

  • Dates: Friday, January 22  - Sunday, January 31
  • Courses Offered: IED, POE, DE and CSE. 
  • Costs:
    • Tuition: $2325
    • Full Room and Board: $1175
    • Lunch Only: $180.00 (for local participants)

2016 Winter Core Training Agenda:

  • Friday, January 22: Conference Check In, Orientation and Dinner, beginning at 4 pm
  • Saturday, January 23 – Saturday, January 30: Class, 8 – 5 pm (daily)
  • Sunday, January 31: Class, 8 – Noon
Authorization to Attend Form 2015/2016 Core Training
2016 Winter Core Training Handbook

Laptop Preparation (attendees must complete these steps)


The Office of Information Security at RIT has outlined a number of guidelines that every computer must meet before being able to connect to the campus network. These guidelines protect both attendee computers and the RIT network from malicious software. Your computer must meet these requirements in order to use our network. Be aware that having network access is a requirement of all PLTW course curricula. If you do not attend to these requirements, you will not be able to use the computing resources that are necessary to complete your course.

Laptop Preparation

You must complete this process before you arrive at RIT. Also, please note that all software must be installed and tested prior to arriving.

  • Login to the laptop you will be bringing with you to the CTI.
  • Ensure that you have administrative rights to this laptop.
  • Click here to download the express utility and run.
  • The utility will run tests checking for system requirements required for PLTW Software. Should your computer not meet any of the system requirements, the utility will notify you of the necessary changes that must be completed.
  • If you fail any part of the requirements, please make the necessary changes and then run the utility again until you pass.
  • Upon successful completion of the utility, please copy and paste the report into the text box below and click the "Submit" button. Please ensure your name is included.

Questions? Please email or call (585) 496-4748.

Laptop Preparation Results

Laptop Requirements

Each teacher participating in training and teaching Project Lead The Way® courses is required to have a laptop computer for his/her use. Teachers must have Administrator rights on their computer. The teacher’s laptop must have wireless Internet in order to participate in the Core Training. Specifications for new laptops for teachers or students are as follows:

Laptop Requirements:

Minimum Specifications:

  • Hard Drive: 250GB
  • RAM: 4GB DDR2
  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 (x64 bit architecture); OSX 10.9+ with Boot Camp and one of the earlier listed Windows Operating Systems installed

Recommended Computer Specifications:

  • Hard Drive: 250GB+
  • RAM: 6GB+ DDR3
  • Operating System: Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 (x64 bit architecture); OSX 10.9+ with Boot Camp and one of the earlier listed Windows Operating Systems installed

The Below Specifications are Specifically for Launch Lead Teacher Training:

Recommended iPad Specifications

  • Supported Models: iPad®Retina, iPad®Air, iPad®mini
  • Operating System: iOS 8
  • Network: WIFI only

Recommended Computer Specifications:

Processor: Intel®, i5 or i7

  • Hard Drive: 256 GB+
  • RAM: 4GB DDR3
  • Video Card: Integrated Graphics

Operating System: Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, (x64 bit architecture); OSX 10.9