For more information about Illinois Project Lead the Way, contact:


Brenda Pacey

Illinois PLTW Affiliate Director
University Outreach and Public Service
807 S. Wright Street,

Suite 370, MC-323
Champaign , IL 61820
(217) 244-5217
(217) 333-5581 fax

Steve Parrott

Illinois PLTW State Leader
Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL. 62777
(217) 782-0710 fax


* University of Illinois Summer 2015 Core Training Institute dates are announced; required online Readiness Training is now open (more)

*SAVE these dates: March 5, 2015 (Naperville); March 6 (Chicago); April 15 (Champaign).
Online registration is now open for free New School Orientations for Administrators and District Delegates of NEW 2015-16 PLTW districts/buildings. Register Now
For Orientation schedule questions, contact Brenda Pacey ( For assistance with new membership Agreement matters (or for help with adding new PLTW programs at existing member districts/schools, contact Sena Cooper, PLTW Director of School Engagement, at

*10th Annual Illinois PLTW Statewide Counselor and Administrator Conference and Illinois PLTW Teacher Workshop Day was held on December 2-3, 2014 in Champaign. “Celebrating a Decade of Project Lead The Way in Illinois--PLTW STEM Success Stories” was the theme, attracting 200 attendees. Tuesday, December 2 PLTW Teacher Workshops focused on program and course-specific curriculum updates and roundtables. Wednesday, December 3 keynote featured “Aspire to Inspire” by Corlis D. Murray, Senior Vice President, Quality Assurance, Regulatory and Engineering Services at Abbott Laboratories. (more)

*More than 50 Illinois teachers attended regional fall 2014 Digital Electronics Update Workshops. (more)

*University of Illinois Summer 2014 Core Training Institutes welcomed more than 260 teachers in 18 sessions. (more)

*May 2014 Regional PLTW Teacher Round Tables focused on shared best practices for effective use of the PLTW Learning Management System, student engineering notebooks and documentation, community partnerships, update preview of new Digital Electronic equipment, and general PLTW news.

*The October 30, 2013 Illinois Statewide Counselors and Administrators Conference in Lisle attracted almost 300 attendees. (more)

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a national not-for-profit organization established to help solve the country’s high-tech staffing shortage by increasing the number, quality, and diversity of engineers graduating from United States educational systems. Aimed at middle and high schools, PLTW’s pre-engineering curriculum, software, and professional development programs can help forge new generations of engineers by offering students the chance to find out if engineering is the career for them. More than 4000 schools in 50 states offer PLTW courses.

The University of Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have joined forces to bring Project Lead the Way to schools in Illinois.


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