Conferences and Workshops

Register now for 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. (Watch for announcement of additional August/September workshop dates and locations to be posted soon.) (more)

RSVP now for 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)

Register now for 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.