Project Lead The Way

Universal Design of Learning

What is PLTW?

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.

PLTW Program Information

PLTW works with schools and districts to support the implementation of effective Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education programs.

The Getting Started Guide provides information on each of PLTW’s three programs:

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The PLTW curriculum is provided at no charge to schools. Program participation fees, classroom equipment, kits for hands-on activities, other supplies, and required professional development are the main costs associated with implementation. For more information on the cost of the PLTW program for your district, please visit our PLTW Program Enhancements page.

History and Impact

PLTW launched in 1997 in 12 high schools in upstate New York as a program designed to address the shortage of engineering students at the college level. The non-profit organization has experienced steady growth over the years. In the 2012-13 school year, more than 4,700 middle and high schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia offer PLTW programs.

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• PLTW alumni are studying engineering and technology at five to 10 times the average rate of all students.

• PLTW students have a higher retention rate in college engineering, science, and related programs than other students in those areas.

• 97% of PLTW seniors intend to pursue a four-year degree or higher, whereas the national average is 67%.

• 80% of PLTW seniors say they will study engineering, technology, or computer science in college, whereas the national average is 32%.

• PLTW students achieve significantly higher scores in reading, mathematics, and science than Career and Technical Education (CTE) students in the same schools in similar CTE fields.

Where is PLTW under UDL?

PLTW program includes multiple needs of representation by utilizing from different resources such as audio, video, notebook and demos.

PLTW program integrates multiple means of action & expression by engaging students in the variety curriculum activities.

PLTW provide multiple means of engagement by giving an option to the students to come up with their own project ideas.

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PLTW program falls under Recognition Networks, Strategic Networks, and Affective Networks. The program itself covers different approaches in STEM field.

Educator's Worksheet for UDL Guidelines.

UDL Guidelines – Educator Worksheet - v. 2

I. Provide Multiple Means of Representation:

Your notes

1. Provide options for perception

1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information Yes

1.2 Offer alternatives for auditory information Yes

1.3 Offer alternatives for visual information Yes

2. Provide options for language, mathematical expressions, and symbols

2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols yes

2.2 Clarify syntax and structure

2.3 Support decoding of text, mathematical notation, and symbols yes

2.4 Promote understanding across language yes

2.5 Illustrate through multiple media yes

3. Provide options for comprehension

3.1 Activate or supply background knowledge yes

3.2 Highlight patterns, critical features, big ideas, and relationships yes

3.3 Guide information processing, visualization, and manipulation yes

3.4 Maximize transfer and generalization yes

II. Provide Multiple Means for Action and Expression:

Your notes

4. Provide options for physical action

4.1 Vary the methods for response and navigation yes

4.2 Optimize access to tools and assistive technologies yes

5. Provide options for expression and communication

5.1 Use multiple media for communication Yes

5.2 Use multiple tools for construction and composition Yes

5.3 Build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance yes

6. Provide options for executive functions

6.1 Guide appropriate goal setting yes

6.2 Support planning and strategy development

6.3 Facilitate managing information and resources

6.4 Enhance capacity for monitoring progress yes

III. Provide Multiple Means for Engagement:

Your notes

7. Provide options for recruiting interest

7.1 Optimize individual choice and autonomy Yes

7.2 Optimize relevance, value, and authenticity Yes

7.3 Minimize threats and distractions

8. Provide options for sustaining effort and persistence

8.1 Heighten salience of goals and objectives yes

8.2 Vary demands and resources to optimize challenge yes

8.3 Foster collaboration and community

8.4 Increase mastery-oriented feedback

9. Provide options for self-regulation

9.1 Promote expectations and beliefs that optimize motivation yes

9.2 Facilitate personal coping skills and strategies

9.3 Develop self-assessment and reflection yes

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To better implement UDL principles in PLTW program, teachers need to utilize different resources that PLTW provides. The summer training programs cover these implementation and teacher candidates must attend the two weeks training.