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Cal Poly Pomona and New PLTW Professional Development Model
After extensive discussions between Cal Poly Pomona College of Engineering (CPP CoE) and Project Lead The Way (PLTW), Cal Poly Pomona will no longer serve as a University Affiliate for PLTW professional development activities for K-12 educators. These activities include information conferences, summer core training, and refresher workshops.
This change comes largely in part to PLTW changing their financial and logistical model for delivering core training and other professional development activities. Part of this new model includes changing the role of universities. Prior to the new model, universities, including Cal Poly Pomona, have served as University Affiliates.
As a University Affiliate, Cal Poly Pomona has offered a variety of professional development activities for K-12 educators. These professional development activities included informational conferences, summer core training, and refresher workshops.
Under the new PLTW model, there will no longer be any University Affiliates. Information conferences and refresher workshops will be handled by PLTW, and not by University Affiliates. Core training will be offered at hubs throughout the country.
Under this new model, a large operational subsidy would be needed by CPP CoE to continue to operate as a PLTW training hub. After a thorough and thoughtful review, CPP CoE has concluded that it is not financially feasible to serve as a training hub under the terms offered by PLTW.
CPP CoE maintains our very high regard for the PLTW K-12 curriculum, and (CPP CoE) will continue to collaborate and partner with K-12 schools in outreach events and tours, and remains open to other possible future opportunities to partner with PLTW.