* November 5-6, 2015 Save the Dates - Registration now open for November 5-6, 2015 Illinois PLTW Statewide Teachers Workshop Day (November 5) and 11th Annual Administrators and Counselors Conference (November 6). Both events will be held at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, with sessions reflecting on 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 65 people from 40 schools attended March-April, 2015 New School Orientations for Administrators of NEW 2015-16 PLTW program implementations. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding professional development assistance, contact Brenda Pacey, U of lllinois PLTW Affiliate Director at email@example.com.
* 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)
*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.
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.