2018 Core Training for Teachers

Project Lead The Way Professional Development is focused on in-depth training (Core Training) and continuing education (Ongoing Training). By participating in these trainings, educators have the opportunity to increase their depth of content knowledge, skills and pedagogy related to specific PLTW courses instruction.

PLTW’s Core Training (CT) is an intensive and immersive in-person training experience held at University of South Carolina (or another PLTW Affiliate University). During CT, teachers are immersed in course-specific curriculum, complete hands-on activities, projects and problems with a strong focus on pedagogy.

Teachers must successfully pass CT for every PLTW course they wish to implement and instruct.

Daily Schedule

All courses will start at 8am.  A small orientation will be held in each class as we visit.  All classes are scheduled daily from 8 am – 5 pm. The final day courses will end by 12 pm with the exception of the 3 day course which will end by 5pm.

**Courses will run on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day!**

Training Fees

  • Elementary LAUNCH/Gateway Specialization 3 DAY TRAINING: $650
  • Gateway Foundation Unit 5 DAY TRAINING: $1200
  • Pathway to Engineering, Biomedical Sciences, or Computer Science 10 DAY TRAINING: $2400

Housing and Meal Information and Fees

University housing is not available during winter core training.  Hotels with special rates will be established soon.


Meals are a VISA card in the amount requested (there is a $5 card fee).  You can use the VISA cards on any food item or any restaurant.  It is set to the SC State Per Diem rate of $25 per day.  You have the flexibility and freedom to choose when and where you eat.


  • Hyatt Place Columbia Downtown the Vista

    819 Gervais Street  Columbia, SC 29201 USA

    • $119/night *$149/ for 12/31/17.  Includes breakfast, self-parking, and wireless internet.click (or copy and paste in your browser) on this link which will take you to the group booking page:  https://columbiadowntown.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html?corp_id=G-PWIN   Enter arrival and departure date, click on check availability and book reservation.  You can also call reservations at (888) 492-8847; give the group code which is G-PWIN to the reservations agent when booking.  You must book reservations by 12/22/17 to receive group rate.
  • Courtyard Downtown at USC  $119/night

    630 Assembly Street  Columbia, SC 29201 USA  ***walking distance***

    This rate includes parking, wifi, and made-to-order breakfast from our Bistro 2.0 menu

  • SpringHill Suites  $119/night

    511 Lady Street  Columbia, SC 29201

    This rate includes upgraded speed WIFI, parking and breakfast!

    • Start date: 12/28/17
      End date: 1/7/18
      Last day to book: 12/1/17

    Book your group rate for Project Lead The Way

  • TownePlace Suites Columbia Southeast/Fort Jackson  $89/night

    250 East Exchange Blvd.  Columbia, SC 29209   ***Full kitchen in each room, no shuttle available (7 miles from campus)***

    This rate includes upgraded speed WIFI, parking and breakfast!




Parking rates are:

  • 10 days $50
  • 5 days $25
  • 3 days $15

Parking will be at BLOSSOM STREET parking garage located at 1244 Blossom Street. Columbia SC 29208. Please plan on parking in the permit parking section.  We will give you a card for access.  If your hotels provides a shuttle, we recommend using it.


Core Training Cancellation Policy

The registration made with PLWT for the Core Training course at University of South Carolina can be cancelled within 10 calendar days without a cancellation fee penalty. If payment in full is not received within 60 days of the registration date with PLTW, the PLTW Core Training course seat reservation will be canceled by the University of South Carolina Affiliate Director unless special arrangements for payment have been made by the school district billing contact. A cancellation fee in the amount of $500.00 will be invoiced to the billing contact specified on the teachers PLTW registration with PLTW by the University of South Carolina Affiliate’s Director’s office.

Fees paid on behalf of a participant who fails to attend the training will not be refunded.

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