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Teachers

Who do I contact with questions – PLTW or RIT?

PLTW and RIT are two separate entities and are only connected to each other through a partnership agreement.  The school district signs an agreement with PLTW to implement the program. All curriculum, assessment, equipment and district agreement questions should be addressed to PLTW through schoolsupport@pltw.org

Questions about specific training institutes, undergraduate and graduate credit, and school certification should be addressed to RIT (see contacts for appropriate person).

As a PLTW teacher, what interaction will I have with RIT?

RIT serves as PLTW’s national affiliate university in New York State.  The university provides the following services to schools and teachers:

  • Core Training Institutes – PLTW teachers are required to attend course trainings in their home state. If that is not possible, then special permission can be given to attend another site. RIT offers core training in the summer and winter.
  • Update Training – RIT offers periodic one-day update training sessions on various software programs, new equipment, etc.
  • Teachers are able to earn RIT graduate credits for their PLTW courses.
  • RIT offers undergraduate college credit to students from PLTW schools who meet the university’s eligibility requirements.
  • RIT hosts the annual PLTW NY STEM Conference.

Students & Parents

What is Project Lead The Way?

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the nation’s leading provider of K-12 STEM programs. Their world-class curriculum and high-quality teacher professional development model, combined with an engaged network of educators and corporate and community partners, help students develop the skills necessary to succeed in our global economy.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PLTW programs are delivered to more than 8,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. PLTW schools can be found in rural, urban, and suburban districts; across all income levels; as well as in public, private, and charter schools.

PLTW’s success in preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed has been recognized by colleges and universities, Fortune 500 businesses, and numerous national organizations including Change the Equation, the Social Impact Exchange, and more.

How did the program begin?

The PLTW curriculum was first introduced to 12 New York State high schools in the 1997-98 school year. The program is now offered in more than 8,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Detailed information about PLTW's history can be found here.

What are the benefits of PLTW to students?

Students in the PLTW program:                

  • Use the latest computer software and equipment
  • Participate in a hands-on, activity oriented program that utilizes team efforts
  • Take courses that will apply and reinforce their study of math and science
  • Participate in a program that will allow them to explore a major career path and, if they wish to continue, will prepare them for further education at a two-or four-year college in the field of engineering or engineering technology
  • Participate in a program that has developed articulation agreements with a number of colleges who will accept specified courses for credit or advanced placement

Are students able to receive RIT credit for PLTW courses?

Students from PLTW-certified schools have the opportunity to qualify for undergraduate college credit from RIT for their courses.  These credits are ‘transcripted’ and are eligible to be transferred to other universities.  Each course is offered at a discount rate of $225 and worth 3 semester credits.  Additional information is located here.

Counselors & Administrators

What is my role in the school’s PLTW program?

Counselors play a key role in recruiting students into PLTW courses and guiding them to pursue their interest in STEM fields.   

What are the benefits of PLTW to students?

Students in the PLTW program:                

  • Use the latest computer software and equipment.
  • Participate in a hands-on, activity oriented program that utilizes team efforts.
  • Take courses that applies and reinforces their study of math and science.
  • Participate in a program that allows them to explore a major career path and, if they wish to continue, prepares them for further education at a two-or four-year college in the field of engineering or engineering technology.
  • Participate in a program that has developed articulation agreements with a number of colleges who accept specified courses for credit or advanced placement.

How do I learn more about the program?

Visit the Project Lead The Way website for more information or contact the PLTW Solutions Center.  Additionally, each year, RIT hosts the PLTW NY STEM Conference for counselors, administrators and teachers.  This conference includes a robust agenda of multiple breakout sessions that focus PLTW courses, STEM education and other trending topics, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about PLTW. 

Are students able to receive RIT credit for PLTW courses?

Students from PLTW schools have the opportunity to qualify for undergraduate college credit from RIT for their courses.  These credits are ‘transcripted’ and are eligible to be transferred to other universities.  Each course is $225 and worth 3 semester credits.  Additional information is located here.