Iowa Partners

Project Lead The Way in Iowa is successful because of the cooperation and encouragement it receives from different kinds of organizations. All of them see the value of increasing STEM education and promoting scientific based careers.

Statewide Support

Kern Family Foundation

The Waukesha, Wisconsin-based Kern Family Foundation is committed to its mission of preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century through values, education and innovation. In its five-year history of supporting K-12 STEM initiatives, the Foundation has invested $10 million in grant awards. These awards have primarily gone to more than 300 schools in Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota as start-up support for their implementation of PLTW.

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Iowa Epscor

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is a federal program designed to improve the research capacity of eligible states or regions, making them nationally competitive for future grants. Twenty-seven states, including Io-wa, are currently eligible to participate in the federal EPSCoR programs. Iowa’s EPSCoR is aimed at building research capacity and increasing competitiveness for the State of Iowa through investments in infrastructure and human capital. EPSCoR pro-vides support for key research areas at Iowa’s Regents Institutions, while establishing partnerships with the state’s community colleges, private colleges, school districts, government agencies and industries. The ultimate goal is to stimulate lasting re-search infrastructure improvements for the State of Iowa.

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   John Deere

As one of their core values, innovation is critical to John Deere's success. For innovation to thrive, however, vigorous educational opportunities must exist to teach and inspire our next generation of innovators. Therefore, John Deere invests in projects that provide inspiring, rewarding and innovative educational experiences for youth, particularly in their home communities.

Some examples of John Deere's partners include Junior Achievement, JAG, various STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) organizations, such as Project Lead The Way (PLTW), arts and culture groups focusing on youth outreach, community colleges and higher education, and adult re-training programs.

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Regional Support

In addition to statewide support, PLTW is fortunate to have the assistance of numerous individuals, groups and businesses at the regional level who step up to help their local schools. They contribute financially, in-kind hours, expertise, volunteers and materials. PLTW is grateful they recognize the value of STEM education and for their contributions.

Rockwell Collins

A pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for commercial and government applications, Rockwell Collins provides mentors for PLTW classrooms, hosts tours for PLTW students and supports PLTW teacher training. Rockwell Collins is committed to inspiring the next generation of engineers and innovators.

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Purchase Classroom Supplies and Equipment at the Store in myPLTW
In order to access the Store, you just need a myPLTW account. All myPLTW user roles – Program Coordinator, Site Coordinator, Teacher, and General User – have access to the Store in myPLTW. We established the General User role so that school and district staff who support PLTW program operations, such as purchasing agents, IT staff, and grant managers, can access features like the Store in myPLTW.

Reminder: Launch Lead Teacher Update Training
All Launch Lead Teachers credentialed before June 1, 2017 are required to take part in an online update training. This online training provides all the tools and support they need to train and prepare other teachers to facilitate PLTW Launch in the classrooms.

Ensuring Curriculum Access, in All Situations
We design and develop PLTW courses with accessibility for all students in mind. We have also created specific tools and resources to help you support student access in the event of IEP/504 plan requirements, technology barriers (e.g., a student loses a device), purposes of translation (e.g., translations to braille), or some other classroom situation in which accessing the digital version is not possible or feasible.

How to Roster Your Students
To grant students access to Courses and their PLTW curriculum, you’ll need to roster them prior to, or at the start of, the school year. For more information on how to roster students for the 2017-18 school year, read the Student Roster Instructions and use the Student Roster Template to prepare your file.

Reminder: Retrieve Materials and Resources from LMS by Sep. 30
To support teachers' transition to Courses, the new way to access PLTW curriculum, teachers may continue to access the PLTW Learning Management System (LMS) until Sept. 30, 2017, to retrieve or export any materials or resources they wish to save for future use or reference. After Sept. 30, teachers will no longer have access to the PLTW LMS, including Professional Learning Communities (PLCs).

To learn more about how to export materials from the LMS, visit the Getting Ready for the New School Year with PLTW FAQ guide and select "Transitioning from the Current PLCs" and "Transitioning from the PLTW LMS."

Getting Ready for the School Year
Have you checked out the new tools and features available in myPLTW?

Software: Downloading, Installing, Troubleshooting
If you need assistance downloading, installing, or troubleshooting software, please visit our Software page.

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