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


Brenda Pacey

University of Illinois PLTW Affiliate Director
University Academic Programs and Services
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



The University of Illinois recently hosted the November 30, 2016 Illinois PLTW Teachers Workshop Day and December 1, 2016 Illinois PLTW Counselor/Administrator/Teacher Conference.
-THE TEACHERS WORKSHOP Day featured an all-day Gateway NEW Design and Modeling Curriculum Hands-on Workshop and a half-day Launch VEX IQ Robotics Hands-on Workshop, as well as many concurrent interactive sessions and special tours aimed at current Engineering, Gateway, Launch, Computer Science, and Biomedical teachers.
-THE CONFERENCE targeted counselors, administrators, curriculum coordinators, teachers, and community partners from current and potential Illinois PLTW schools.
Speakers included David Dimmett, PLTW Sr. Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer, and Kevin Pitts, Associate Dean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering.

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*Apply NOW (December 15 deadline) for PLTW 2017-18 new program startup grants. Schools in Illinois Congressional Districts # 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 are eligible for three-year grants to begin new implementations of Gateway, Engineering, Biomedical, Computer Science.  Astellas USA offers grants to Illinois schools in northwest, central, and southern Illinois areas.   Also, John Deere Gateway new implementation grant available for some geographic areas of Illinois.  For further details, see .  NOTE that PLTW Grants Staff will present at the December 1 Illinois PLTW Conference in Champaign, so sign up now to attend , or contact for further details.

*University of Illinois Summer 2016 Teacher Core Training Institutes provided more than 16,500 hours of professional development for 340 teachers attending 21 sessions offered on the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses. (more)

*October 28-29, 2016 ITEC Conference featured STEM sessions of interest to PLTW teachers. See for more details about the Illinois Technology Education Conference in Bloomington-Normal. University of Illinois PLTW and the Illinois Drafting Education Association provide assistance to the Conference.

*November 5-6, 2015 — More than 300 attendees participated in the Illinois PLTW Statewide Teachers Workshop Day (November 5) and 11th Annual Administrators and Counselors Conference (November 6).  Both events were held at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, with sessions reflecting on the themes of “P-20 STEM Curriculum, Collaborations, and Best Practices.” (more)

* University of Illinois Summer 2015 Core Training Institutes provided more than 10,000 hours of professional development for 250 teachers attending 20 sessions offered on the Chicago and Urbana-Champaign campuses. (more)

* More than 55 teachers attended FREE April-May 2015 regional Teacher Round Tables. Informal networking and PLTW news and best practices sharing sessions were aimed at current PLTW teachers. Sessions focused HS Engineering, Biomed, Computer Science, and MS Gateway. Sessions were held at Warren Township HS (EDD showcases), Huntley HS (Biomed), Niles North HS (Engineering, CSE, Gateway), St. Charles Haines MS (Engineering and Gateway), and Normal Community HS (Engineering and Gateway.) 
Regional Launch Teacher Round Tables and program showcases will be scheduled during the 2015-16 school year.

*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)

Project Lead The Way is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW creates an engaging environment and empowers students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in an evolving world. Through pathways in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, K-12 students learn problem-solving strategies, critical and creative thinking, and how to communicate and collaborate. Students apply knowledge from a variety of disciplines as they engage in hands-on activities, projects, and problems reflective of real-world scenarios and careers. PLTW is shaping the innovators, creators, and designers of today and tomorrow.

The University of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education collaborate with national Project Lead The Way and other educational, business/industry, and organizations to support efforts of Illinois PLTW schools.


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