* November 5-6, 2015 Save the Dates - Illinois PLTW Statewide Teachers Workshop Day (November 5) and 11th Annual Administrators and Counselors Conference (November 6) will be held in Oak Brook this year. Online registration for these two events will open in August. Teacher Workshop or Conference program proposal submissions will be accepted from May 8 to August 15. (more)
* University of Illinois Summer 2015 Core Training Institute dates are announced; required online Readiness Training is now open (more)
*REGISTER now for FREE April-May 2015 regional Teacher Round Tables. (link) Informal networking and PLTW news and best practices sharing aimed at current PLTW teachers. Sessions will focus on one or more of the following PLTW programs: HS Engineering, Biomed, Computer Science; or MS Gateway. Note that the April 29 session will feature opportunity to observe EDD student public presentations at Warren Township High School Almond Campus, 34090 Almond Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031. The May 14 Huntley session features Biomed, and the May 18 session at Niles North will include a CSE focus group. (Regional Launch Teacher Round Tables and program showcases will be scheduled for 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.