Massachusetts PLTW Conference

As the Massachusetts Affiliate University for Project Lead The Way, WPI is pleased to host this conference on Friday, October 17. The conference is co-sponsored by Project Lead The Way.

Join us for this professional development conference for school counselors, curriculum specialists, principals, teachers, district administrators, and interested business and industry professionals to learn all about the Project Lead The Way K-12 STEM Curriculum. The agenda includes three choices for each session, so there will be topics of interest to everyone, whether you've been involved with PLTW for ten years, one year, or this is the very first you've heard of the curriculum.

Over 6,000 schools in all 50 states offer PLTW programs, including 60 schools across Massachusetts. PLTW teachers are facilitators and their students apply STEM to define and solve open-ended problems in a real-world context. Recognized as a Massachusetts @Scale program, the PLTW curriculum, combined with high-quality teacher professional development and an engaged network, helps students develop the skills to succeed in our global economy. The PLTW curriculum is aligned with the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. PLTW programs are endorsed by the Massachusetts Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, Change the Equation, the American Aerospace Industry Association, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and others.

Please note: PLTW school district agreements state that PLTW schools must send at least one guidance counselor/advisor to a PLTW conference each year. This will be the only PLTW conference in Massachusetts this academic year.

Conference Details

Date: Friday, October 17, 2014
Time: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Suggested Attire: Casual or business casual with comfortable walking shoes
Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Salisbury Laboratories
Parking: WPI Parking Garage at 151 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609
Parking Pass - must be printed & on your dashboard or you will be ticketed!!!
Directions to WPI
Campus Map

Please note: WPI recently became a Tobacco-Free Campus, therefore no smoking is allowed on campus grounds.

The conference includes light morning refreshments, lunch and your participation in all the presentations. Our conference is free to attend, so please join us! Register for the conference.

Tentative Agenda:

Download a printable copy of the agenda.

Optional Hotel Accommodations for Thursday, October 16:

Attendees choosing this option are responsible for their own reservations and all costs incurred.
Courtyard by Marriott Worcester
72 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01605
Directions to hotel
Room Check-in Begins: 3:00 PM
Room Check-out: Prior to Friday's conference; if you want to walk the 15min to WPI, you may leave your car parked at the hotel; Directions from hotel to WPI
WPI Room Rate: $132 + 14.45% tax; includes on-site parking, indoor swimming pool, fitness room
Hotel Reservations: Call +1-508-363-0300 and mention you are visiting WPI to get the $132 reduced rate

Conference questions, contact:

Terry Adams
Project Lead The Way Program Manager
WPI STEM Education Center

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