PLTW Core Training 2018

Core Training 2018: June 4-29

Colorado Core Training provides educators from across the country with the tools they need to engage, inspire, and empower students. Whether it's our three-day PLTW Launch Lead Teacher training or our two-week high school training, we want to prepare teachers with the skills and tools they need to be successful in the classroom. Come prepared to learn through hands on, project-based learning and to build a network of colleagues to collaborate and share best practices.

Teachers must successfully complete Core Training for each PLTW course they plan to implement and instruct.

Administrators Day 2018: Dates TBD

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Core Training Classes

All classes are scheduled daily from 8am to 5pm. The final day courses will end by 1pm with the exception of the 2-3 day courses which will end by 5pm.

  • Included: lunch and snack on training days, parking at UCCS campus (with permit, provided), attendee PLTW Polo, T-shirt and water bottle
  • NOT Included: housing, breakfast and dinner on training days, all non-training day meals

Gateway- Computer Science for Innovators and Makers: FREE if ICS trained or $1200 paid directly to national PLTW, not UCCS.

  • Late Registration Policy:
    0-14 days prior to the start date: Registration fee plus an additional $250
  • Cancellation/Refund Policy:
    7-14 days prior to the start date: 50% of the registration fee will be charged as a cancellation fee.
    Less than 7 days: No refunds, the full registration fee will be charged.
  • All Cancellation requests must be submitted via e-mail to If you do not attend Core Training, or do not cancel your core training registration(s), you will be charged the full registration fee.


Attendance is paramount to a full learning experience and essential to becoming a credentialed PLTW teacher. In the event that a participant needs to be absent for a portion of Core Training, special permission must be requested in writing, All excused absences are at the discretion of the Director and at no time exceed 5% of the training hours for that particular course.

UCCS PLTW reserves the right to cancel a session 30 days prior to start of the session due to low enrollment. UCCS PLTW is not responsible for expenses incurred due to cancellations.

How do I register for Core Training 2018?

Registration for Colorado PLTW Summer 2018 Core Training opens in April 2018. Classes (and class sizes) are limited, so register early!

New PLTW Teachers should check with their PLTW District or School Administrator to confirm that they have been added as a teacher for their school. If they have not, contact School Support at (877) 335-7589 or at

  • Phase 1 On National PLTW site: Complete Readiness Training and Register for Core Training
    Teachers must complete the appropriate Readiness Training and register for Core Training through national Project Lead the Way,
    Upon completing your Core Training registration, you will receive further communication and instructions to complete Phase 2.


  • Phase 2 On University of Colorado Colorado Springs site: Non-credit application
    Fill out Academic Outreach NONCREDIT application:
  • Phase 3 On University of Colorado Colorado Springs site: Payment

    The Registration Fee must be paid prior to the Core Training, payable to UCCS PLTW. A check, purchase order or credit card are accepted.

    An invoice can be printed from your myUCCS student portal after you have registered.

    Credit Card payments (2.75% processing fee): Credit Card payments can be made through your myUCCS student portal.

    • Click on “Financial Services (Bursar) to set-up an authorization for another person to pay your UCCS PLTW Core Training registration fee.

    Purchase Order (with check payment): Fill out a Letter of Authorization form to have your district/school representative identified as the sponsor/payer for your UCCS PLTW Core Training registration fee. The CU System W-9 Form is available for your business office needs to process a PO/Check.

    Letter of Authorization-Third Party Sponsorship CU W-9 Form

Graduate Credit Option

UCCS is pleased to offer the opportunity for educators who attend Colorado PLTW Core Training the opportunity to register for 1-3 graduate credits. There is an additional assignment and cost, ($202/credit) to earn graduate credit.

Your final assignment is due within two weeks of core training conclusion.


Teachers are responsible for their housing arrangements while attending Colorado PLTW Core Training.

A limited number of rooms have been blocked at a local hotel with a UCCS PLTW group rate, so book early! Rooms are reserved directly through the hotel on a first come first serve basis.

Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Colorado Springs Marriott

Hotel does not provide shuttle service from the Colorado Springs or Denver airports.

UCCS Shuttle: UCCS PLTW provides shuttle service to and from Colorado Springs Marriot/UCCS campus on training days.

Group Rate: $119/night

Includes hot breakfast, complimentary wireless internet and parking, on-site coin operated Laundry.

Tax Exemption: Provide a copy of these forms with your school check payment, or provide at check-in with your company credit card.

City Tax Exempt Form State Tax Exempt Form

UCCS PLTW Core Training Part 1

Dates: May 30 - June 20
Expires: May 2nd


May 30 - June 20 Reservation

UCCS PLTW Core Training Part 2

Dates: June 21 - July 2
Expires: May 21st


June 21 - July 2

Driving Directions from Airport

Colorado Springs Airport - COS

Hotel Direction: 19 miles NW

Start on E. Drennan Rd. Turn right on S. Powers Blvd. Turn left on E. Fountain Blvd. Merge onto I-25 North toward Denver/Manitou Springs. Take the Rockrimmon Exit, number 148. Make a left at the stop light at the bottom of the exit, onto Rockrimmon Blvd. Make a left on Tech Center Drive, immediately after passing a gas station. The hotel driveway will be on the right.

Alternate Transportation:

Denver International Airport - DEN

Hotel Direction: 81 miles SW

Start out going north on Pena Blvd. Take the E-470 toll way South/E-470 S. exit 6A toward I-70. Merge onto E-470 S. (Portions toll). Take the I-25 exit 1A toward Colorado Springs/Denver. Merge onto I-25 S. via the exit on the left toward Colorado Springs. Take the Rockrimmon Road exit, number 148. Go straight at the light, then make a right on Rockrimmon Blvd. Turn left on Tech Center drive, immediately after passing a gas station. The hotel driveway will be on the right at 5580 Tech Center Drive.

Alternate Transportation:

Laptop Requirements

Please refer to the PLTW Computer and Tablet Specifications to ensure your computer will run as needed while at Core Training.

CORE Training Technical Support

Each teacher participating in Colorado PLTW Core Training and teaching Project Lead The Way courses is required to have a laptop computer for his/her use. Teachers must have Administrator rights and the capability to connect to UCCS-Wireless Internet.

UCCS-Wireless --- At the time that you connect to the UCCS network, you should be prompted for a username and password. Your UCCS login and password are what you will use to log on to the UCCS network (contact if you do not know your UCCS login).

If this is the first time you are accessing the UCCS-Wireless network, your first attempt to access a web page may be rerouted to our Network Access Control (NAC) page, depending on which type of device you are using to connect. At this point, you can make a choice between being granted Full Access or Limited Access. You will need Full Access for Core Training.

Full Access: This option requires users of this network to install a small, extremely lightweight client known as SafeConnect in order to be allowed full access. SafeConnect itself does not enforce any policies on your device, but rather checks to make sure that your operating system is up to date, and that you have some form of anti-virus and anti-spyware program installed. The process of downloading and installing the SafeConnect program typically takes under a minute. Once SafeConnect is installed, you will either be granted full access, or you will be directed to instructions explaining how to update your computer to be in full compliance. Additionally, after SafeConnect is installed, you should not need to visit the Network Access Control page again. From this point, you should have full access to the Internet. After SafeConnect have been installed for the first time, you should immediately have access to the network as soon as you connect to UCCS-Wireless from this point forward.

Limited Access: This option is for people who can not or do not want to install the SafeConnect client. Picking this option will still grant you access to the Internet, but with several restrictions on which types of connections are allowed. Basic web browsing is allowed (HTTP and HTTPS), along with off-campus SSH and VPN connections.

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