John Deere PLTW grants are now available!

John Deere PLTW Grants for 2018-2019 are now open until Dec. 15 for new implementations of Launch & Gateway. For this year, they have added support for implementing Computer Science with existing Gateway programs. In Iowa, this includes a 50 mile radius from Quad Cities, Dubuque, Ottumwa, Waterloo, Des Moines and Paton (new addition).

Check out PLTW grant opportunities here.

PLTW Updates

Student Rostering Update: Student State ID Required

To make it easier for schools that need to report student engagement and End-of-Course (EoC) assessment performance measures to State Departments of Education, PLTW has reinstated the Student State ID as a required field for rostering.

If your school has already rostered and needs to submit a report containing this information, you can upload an updated student roster and the related student records will be updated to include Student State IDs in myPLTW. Rosters can be updated anytime through June 30, 2017.

If your school has already rostered and does not need to submit this information, no further action is required.

Rostering continues to be available in myPLTW, where you can also find a step-by-step guide.

Register Today! PLTW Launch Lead Teacher Training Session for Fall

We are offering a PLTW Launch Lead Teacher Training session at PLTW’s Indianapolis office Nov. 1-3.

This PLTW Launch professional development opportunity is in-depth, collaborative, and designed to empower educators to develop the confidence, understanding, and knowledge necessary to lead Building-Level Training for prospective PLTW Launch Classroom Teachers at their site.

During the 24 instructional hours (covered over three days) of training, participants experience the roles of the PLTW Launch student, PLTW Launch Classroom Teacher, and PLTW Launch Lead Teacher as they engage in PLTW Launch activities, projects, and problems and delve into pedagogical strategies.

If your site has any prospective Launch Lead Teacher interested in participating in this fall session, we encourage them to register today, as there are a limited seats available.

Update: Grade-Level Specific Core Training

In response to feedback from the network of PLTW Launch teachers, we are pleased to announce an updated process for completing Grade-Level Specific Core Training.

Note: All current grade-level credentials will remain in place. It is not necessary for teachers to go through this new process unless they are adding a grade-level credential.  

The two-part process will provide access to grade-level modules and Ongoing Training courses.

  1. Watch the Getting Started with Launch video. Once complete, the six Grade-Level Specific Core Training videos will unlock.
  2. Select and view the appropriate grade-level video(s). The grade-level videos are built as quizzes in the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS). To receive completion grades for applicable grade levels:
    • Open the appropriate grade-level quiz.
    • Watch the video until the end.
    • Enter the video completion code in the field below the video.
    • Submit the quiz.

This completion code signals to PLTW that you are ready to receive the curriculum modules and the Ongoing Training course. You will receive these materials within 48 hours of submitting the quiz.

These updated training resources can be found by selecting Grade-Level Specific Core Training Links from the Building-Level Readiness Training course. Teachers may complete as many of the grade-level requirements as are appropriate for their teaching requirements.

2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award

Nominations Open!

Administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, students and other STEM advocates are invited to nominate an inspirational science, technology, engineering or mathematics teacher for the 2017 I.O.W.A. STEM Teacher Award, sponsored by Kemin Industries and the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Formally known as The STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching, this award is dedicated to honoring one teacher from each of the six STEM regions for their contributions and dedication to STEM education in Iowa. Each recipient will receive $1,500, as well as another $1,500 to be used in their classroom.

More information can be found here.

Applications Now Open for 2015-16 PLTW Scale-Ups

Applications for 2015-16 Scale-Up Programs are due March 9, 2015.

Scale-Ups are available for the following PLTW Programs:

  • PLTW Principles of Engineering
  • PLTW Gateway to Technology
  • PLTW Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • PLTW Launch

Apply today at www.iastem.gov!