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implemented during the first year.  The PLTW curriculum was first introduced to high schools in the 1997 - 98 school year.  The program finally caught on in the  2000 - 2001 school year when the number of schools using the program went from 12 to over 300 schools in more than 25 states.  Each year the program is gaining more and more momentum.  Schools from all around the country are picking up the program and loving it. PLTW is becoming a very successful program that is being implemented all around the country.  

Advantages of PLTW

One major advantage of PLTW is that the curriculum is written for the teachers. The school is given all of the materials necessary to teach all of the courses after registering to purchase the program and curriculum.  This ensures the district’s curriculum coordinator that a consistent program is offered to all students.  Also, the educators that teach the course know exactly what to emphasis in the classroom.  All teachers that are scheduled to teach one of the courses offered in PLTW  are required to attend a training session at RIT.  The training at RIT provided the insights and tools necessary to be successful in the classroom.  Each course has its own training session.  When the teachers leave the training, they are more than prepared to teach the course.    One advantage for larger schools is that if your Technology Department has sufficient staff then the department can offer the traditional technology classes as well as PLTW courses.  In an interview with Oneida High School Technology teacher Timothy L. Kohlbernner  who has

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