Teachers

Sanford Research - Project Lead the Way TeachersWhat is Core Training?
Core Training (aka “boot camp”) is an intense professional development session focused on the PLTW teaching model and course content. Training is designed to empower teachers with the confidence, understanding, and knowledge necessary to teach the curriculum. A teacher is only able to instruct a PLTW course after successful completion of Core Training. Sanford Research currently supports Core Training for PLTW Biomedical Sciences courses. However, please contact us  to make further suggestions so that we can meet demand.

What can I expect at Core Training?
Training for high school programs is an 80-hour instruction session covered over a two week period. Core Training is led by experienced PLTW Instructors who will track participant’s course portfolios of activities, projects, and problems to make sure they are prepared to teach. The accelerated, rigorous, and diversified nature of Core Training can overwhelm some participants, compromising their ability to successfully complete the necessary workload. To ensure that participants stay on task during Core Training during the collaborative work process and strongly suggest that participants reside in the recommended hotel lodging and take advantage of the focused environment free from distraction. Aside from instructional time, participants should plan to spend time on homework every night, as well as over the weekend.
 
Registration & Costs
Teacher registration for the Core Training is initiated through the PLTW website. Sanford Research is hosting training for PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS) and Human Body Systems (HBS). Training will occur from June 21st – August 1st, 2014 and has a $2,100 registration fee with $850 for hotel accommodations. If cancelled before May 5, no cancellation fee and full refund of any fees paid. If cancelled between May 5th - June 9th, a $500 cancellation fee will be charged. If cancelled after June 9th, the full tuition rate will be charged and no refund will be issued.
 
Graduate Credit
Teachers who are registered for a PLTW Core Training course are eligible to register for the companion three-credit graduate course at The University of South Dakota (USD). In addition to the 80 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction, teachers will complete a written capstone assignment. The course may be taken as a graduate-level education or science elective. Total tuition and fees are $120 and registration will be performed on-site before the Friday of the first week of training. Capstone assignments are due to the course instructor two weeks after training completion.
 
PLTW Principles of Biomedical Sciences
3 credits, Summer; Dr. Peter Vitiello & Ms. Liz McMillan
This course allows teachers to learn, analyze, and evaluate the projected and actual impact of Project Lead The Way (PLTW) activities, projects, and problems on teaching and learning strategies used in the Principles of Biomedical Sciences (PBS) classroom and laboratory. The PBS course investigates human body systems and various health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases with curricular activities and projects relevant for human physiology, medicine, research processes and bioinformatics. Requirements include a mastery of all course units and completion of a comprehensive written capstone assignment addressing strategies for implementing and assessing the student component of the PBS curriculum.

Requirement: Completion of Core Training certification for Principles of the Biomedical Sciences course.
 
PLTW Human Body Systems
3 credits, Summer; Dr. Peter Vitiello & Ms. Liz McMillan
This course allows teachers to learn, analyze, and evaluate the projected and actual impact of Project Lead The Way activities, projects, and problems on teaching and learning strategies used in the Human Body Systems (HBS) classroom and laboratory. The HBS course examines interactions of body systems as students explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection and homeostasis through projects including organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries. Requirements include a mastery of all course units and completion of a comprehensive written capstone assignment addressing strategies for implementing and assessing the student component of the HBS curriculum.

Requirement: Completion of Core Training certification for Human Body Systems course.
 
Facilities
Sanford Research is a non-profit organization under Sanford Health, an integrated system of hospitals and medical clinics predominantly situated across the Northern Plains (South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska). Sanford Research is home to basic, translational, and clinical research across six centers and occupies approximately 27,190 square feet of space. PLTW Core Training is supported by the Sanford PROMISE Community Lab located adjacent to the research laboratories.  The lab is sub-divided into a learning laboratory that can comfortable accommodate 35 guests, a preparatory area, and a distance-based learning studio.