Conferences and Workshops

Registration is open for the November 2-3 25th Annual ITEC Conference

*REGISTRATION is open for the November 2-3 ITEC Conference, to be held in Bloomington-Normal at http://www.teaillinois.org/ITEC . Program proposals are accepted through September 8 at http://www.teaillinois.org/ITEC_Proposal. Friday’s General Session features “Escape ITEC 2018” hands-on problemsolving and teambuilding event; Friday afternoon and Saturday schedules offer more than 20 concurrent sessions on STEM, transportation, drafting/design, manufacturing, robotics, 3D Design, Project Lead The Way topics; Saturday sessions offer chance for Illinois technology teachers to interact with TEECA pre-service teachers by providing competition critiquing and project consulting. Join others for a free Friday night industry tour and buffet dinner. ITEC is presented as a partnership of TEAI (Technology Education Association of Illinois), IDEA (Illinois Design Educators Association), and University of Illinois Academic Programs and Services. Nominations are being accepted for TEAI and IDEA educator and program awards—see http://www.teaillinois.org/awards for details and refer to http://www.pltw.uillinois.edu/TEAI2017.asp  to learn about last year’s honorees.

January 2018 Teacher Workshop & Counselor/Administrator/Teacher Conference attracts more than 300 attendees

The Teachers Workshop Day featured many concurrent interactive curriculum, resource, and collaborative STEM planning activities 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 new Illinois PLTW schools, offering overview of PLTW K-12 STEM programs, student displays/presentations, and college and career STEM connections. 
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March 15, 16, and April 13, 2018 New School/New Program Orientations for Administrators.

PLTW Program Coordinators and other school/district administrators of new PLTW programs are encouraged to attend. The sessions will include time for individualized school/district consulting as well as general information on: national and state PLTW communication and program/membership requirement overview; technology and facilities planning; teacher summer core training institute registration and pre-planning; equipment and supplies; IT requirements; local school/community and regional cooperative support; ongoing program development and long-range planning. (more)

2017-2018 IED Workshops Curriculum Revision Workshop Reached 130 Teachers from 80 High Schools

To assist HS Engineering teachers trained in Intro to Engineering Design (IED) prior to summer 2017 with revised course implementation, U of Illinois PLTW is sponsoring hands-on IED Curriculum Revision Workshops led by Illinois IED Master Teachers Corey Duzan, Kyle Thomas, and Don Whitman. Sessions were offered throughout the state, with goal of reaching as many IED-trained teachers as possible. Funding support for the workshop series was provided, in part, by a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to University of Illinois PLTW. (more)

Spring 2017 Gateway DM Curriculum Update Workshops (for teachers trained in DM prior to summer 2016

To assist Gateway teachers trained in Design and Modeling (DM) prior to summer 2016  with planning for revised curriculum and updated software/equipment implementation, U of Illinois PLTW is sponsoring  all-day hands-on DM Curriculum Update Workshops led by Illinois Gateway Master Teachers. More than 30 DM-trained teachers joined us at the November 30, 2016 Illinois PLTW Teacher Workshop Day for the first of these training sessions; and more than 40 more have attended earlier Spring 2017 sessions too. (more)

Spring 2017 Illinois PLTW School Showcases featuring Gateway and High School Engineering Pathway Classes in Action

Representatives of districts/schools interested in implementing Project Lead The Way Gateway middle school STEM units and/or High School Engineering courses are invited to attend one of three Showcases on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and Wednesday, March 8, 2017. (more)

Spring/Summer 2017 Launch VEX IQ Building and Programming Workshops

Enhance your VEX IQ construction and robotics skills to better support your 3-5 grade teachers and students. This workshop is a great opportunity to learn the builds and practice the Robotics and Automation and Robotics and Automation: Challenge modules (more)

March 9, 10, and April 13, 2017 New School/New Program Orientations for Administrators.

PLTW Program Coordinators and other school/district administrators of new PLTW programs are encouraged to attend. The sessions will include time for individualized school/district consulting as well as general information on: national and state PLTW communication and program/membership requirement overview; technology and facilities planning; teacher summer core training institute registration and pre-planning; equipment and supplies; IT requirements; local school/community and regional cooperative support; ongoing program development and long-range planning. (more)

2016 Illinois PLTW Teacher Workshop Day and Counselor, Administrator, Teacher Conference events Held in Champaign November 30-December 1, 2016.

More than 250 teachers, counselors, administrators attended November 30 Illinois PLTW Teacher Workshop Day and December 1 Counselor, Administrator, Teacher Conference events in Champaign.

The Teacher Workshop Day featured hands-on sessions aimed at K-12 PLTW schools, and included an all-day Gateway Design and Modeling Curriculum Update for current DM teachers; a half-day VEX IQ Robotics session for Launch Lead and Classroom teachers; preview session focusing on updates for Intro to Engineering Design (IED) teachers, and tours of a solar house, community FAB LAB, and School of Architecture fabrication labs. 

The Conference welcomed special presenters David Dimmett (PLTW Sr. VP and Chief Engagement Officer), Kevin Pitts, UIUC Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, and Meagan Pollock, Professional Development Director for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE), along with many K-12 PLTW student exhibitors.  In addition, nine high schools and one middle school were recognized as 10-year participating PLTW schools. (more)

2015 Illinois PLTW Teacher Workshop Day (November 5) and Counselor, Administrator, Teacher Conference (November 6) events attracted more than 300 attendees.

More than 300 attendees participated in the 2015 Illinois PLTW Statewide Teachers Workshop Day and 11th Annual Administrators and Counselors Conference.

Both events were held at the Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, with sessions reflecting on the theme of "P-20 STEM Curriculum, Collaborations, and Best Practices."  The two days featured University of Illinois at Chicago Chancellor Michael Amiridis as the luncheon speaker; the new AP + PLTW collaboration announcement; interactive workshops focusing on the APB—Activity/Project/Problem-Based curriculum approach; hands-on curriculum software workshops for teachers; and classroom best practice discussion sessions.