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Playing With Numbers Frequently Asked Questions

​Playing With Numbers Frequently Asked Questions

2018 - 2019 School Year

When can I apply for PWN?

The online application is available now and will close end of business on Friday, October 5th.

What do I need to apply for PWN?

Before beginning the application, you should have the following prepared:

I don’t have any other teachers on my campus that are interested in applying to the program. Can I apply by myself?

No; PWN is designed for teaching teams of 2-4 teachers from the same school. One of the main components of the program focuses on collaboration and requires participants to engage in a monthly professional learning community (PLC) at their school campus. We cannot accept applicants who are not part of a teaching team.

Can I apply for PWN if I teach Pre-K, 2nd grade, or another grade level?

No; PWN is designed specifically for K-1 classrooms and is aligned to CCSS in those grades. Our funders require that we exclusively focus our work on teaching teams of K-1 educators only. Please do not apply if you are not teaching kindergarten or first grade.

Can I apply if I teach diverse learners?

Yes; if you are a SPED teacher that services K and/or 1st grade students, you are eligible to apply for PWN. Keep in mind that you will need to meet monthly with your PWN team, so please ensure you have a common prep or other opportunity to meet during the week.

Can I apply if I am a co-teacher?

Yes; if you are a full time teacher in a self-contained K or 1st classroom, you are eligible to apply for PWN.

I will not be able to attend all of the PD session dates listed. Should I still apply?

No; PWN is an intensive, year-long program that builds on content from one session to the next. You will be participating as part of a teaching team, so regular attendance is required. Additionally, the ISBE clock hours are earned for 100% attendance only. No partial credit hours will be given.

If I applied for PWN last year, do I need to complete the application again this year?

Yes. We need every applicant to complete the SurveyMonkey in order to be considered.

I completed PWN 1 already, but then I changed schools. Am I still eligible to apply for PWN 2?

If you are the only K-1 teacher at your school who has completed PWN 1, you are not eligible to apply alone. If there are other teachers at your new school who have completed PWN 1, you are welcome to apply together as a PWN 2 team. As long as each teacher on the team has completed the prior PWN levels, it doesn’t matter if you did PWN 1 at different schools.

I completed PWN 1 and PWN 2 already, but then I changed schools. Am I still eligible to apply for PWN 3?

Same as above; if you are the only K-1 teacher at your school who has completed PWN 1 and PWN 2, you are not eligible to apply alone. If there are other teachers at your new school who have completed PWN 1 and 2, you are welcome to apply together as a PWN 3 team. As long as each teacher on the team has completed the prior PWN levels, it doesn’t matter if you did PWN 1 or PWN 2 at different schools.

What types of PD credit are available?

Participants receive ISBE clock hours for their participation, and may apply for Lane Credits; academic credit is available for a fee.

For more information, visit our Application Guidelines page.

Apply on our online application page.