Curriculum and Instruction

Rochester Institute of Technology


Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) received competitive funding from the "2007 Summer Training for Teachers in Engineers of the Future Programs" to underwrite Project Lead The Way (PL TW) curriculum training for 290 teachers from 47 partnering school districts across New York State.

PL TW is a national pre-engineering program with curriculum that offers a hands-on, project-based approach to learning that better prepares students for the rigors of college. The purpose of the summer training session is two-fold: to prepare teachers for delivering the curriculum and to enhance their knowledge of the engineer-related disciplines and career options.

Participating teachers will attend either a 10-day Core Training or an 8-day Advanced Training. The Core Training is designed to provide the full course-specific curriculum for teachers new to PLTW while the Advanced Training courses are designed for teachers who have previously taken the Core Training and would like to expand their content knowledge as well as receive curriculum and software updates.

In addition to the curriculum training, participants would have opportunities to enhance their subject matter knowledge and exposure to real-world engineering-related topics through an "Engineers of the Future" speaker series, industry visits, and presentations by engineering-related education advocates.

The overall effectiveness of summer training will be assessed by multiple summative, formative and diagnostic assessment techniques. These will provide both quantitative and qualitative measures of the participants' increase in content knowledge and their ability to transfer this knowledge to the students in their classroom.

Contact: Katherine A. Clark kacsrs@rit.edu

Last Updated: June 17, 2009