Attend CS PD Week

Grow your impact as a CS educator with multi-day tracks geared toward elementary, middle, and high school classrooms

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Thank you for registering for CS PD Week 2023! You will be sent an email confirmation confirming your details. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at

Building Prosperous CS Programs

Be a part of a first-of-its-kind professional learning experience centered on bringing high-quality CS learning to every district

The need for broader, more equitable access to CS education is clear – and CS PD Week is how Illinois’ statewide K-12 community begins to close that gap.

Illinois K-12 teachers are invited to participate in five full days of professional learning on topics including computer science, computational thinking, coding, cybersecurity, and more. In each this event’s six tracks, participants will learn developmentally appropriate instructional strategies and key subject concepts that build their knowledge and capacity to teach students in the communities they serve.

By the end of the week, participants will walk away with increased CS knowledge and a variety of resources they can harness to expand access to high-quality, rigorous, and inclusive computer science learning in their schools.

Connecting & Growing

Students are positively impacted when educators build and expand their professional learning communities.

That’s why CS PD Week will also offer attendees organic opportunities to network with peers from across Illinois’ statewide CS community.

During large group meals and an exciting team building excursion, attendees will forge connections and develop support networks that will continue to support them during the following school year and beyond.

Learning Tracks

Each track features content developed with audiences in mind. Choose the track most relevant to your role in CS education.

Attendees can only select one track and must remain in that track for the entire week.

Breakfast and lunch each day are included in all tracks. Attendees are responsible for lodging.


Supporting Computer Science

Join fellow K-12 administrators from around Illinois to learn the essentials of supporting high-quality, equitable computer science learning from a leadership perspective, with a focus on new mandates and building sustainable CS programs.

Dates: July 20-21 (Full Day)
Audience: K-12 Administrator
Price: $100

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Computer Science Explorations – Elementary

Have fun exploring robots, unplugged activities, and much more as you practice weaving computational thinking and interdisciplinary connections together with your core content area.

Dates: July 20-21, 2023
Audience: K-5 Teachers
Price: $400

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Computer Science Explorations – Middle & High School

Learn to incorporate interdisciplinary connections, computational thinking, and a variety of fresh, engaging CS education activities into your grade 6-12 curriculum using robots, unplugged activities, and more.

Dates: July 17-21, 2023 (Full Day)
Audience: 6-12 Teachers
Price: $400

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AP Computer Science Principles with Microsoft MakeCode

In this track, participants will learn about strategies for implementing the AP CS Principles with Microsoft MakeCode curriculum and walk away with a wealth of resources for jump starting or supplementing a high school level CS program.

Dates: July 17-21, 2023 (Full Day)
Audience:  9-12 Teachers
Price: $400

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Teachers CS Discoveries

Come discover the many ways’s free CS Discoveries curriculum can help your students grow as CS learners through a unique mix of problem solving, programming, physical computing, and user-centered design activities.

Dates: July 17-21, 2023
Audience: 6-12 Teachers
Price: $1200 (scholarships available)

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Teachers CS Principles

Challenge your high school students to explore how computing and technology can impact the world with CS Principles. Participants in this track will learn about the free curriculum, as well as how to integrate it into new and existing CS programs. Dates: July 17-21, 2023 Audience: 9-12 Teachers Price: $1200

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Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, November 2
9:30am – 10:30 Dedicated Exhibit Hall
10:30am – 12:00pm Opening Remarks & Keynote (Dr. Monica Burns)
12:00pm – 1:00pm Dedicated Exhibit Hall and Lunch
1:00pm – 2:50pm Workshops
1:00pm – 1:50pm Breakout Sessions
2:00pm – 2:50pm Breakout Sessions
3:00pm – 3:30pm Vendor Partner Sessions
3:40pm – 4:30pm Breakout Sessions
5:00pm – 6:00pm IETC Social
Thursday, November 3
8:30am – 9:45am Keynote (Matt Miller)
9:45am – 10:15am Dedicated Exhibit Hall
10:30am – 11:20am Workshops
10:30am – 11:20am Breakout Sessions
11:30am – 12:20pm Breakout Sessions
12:30pm – 1:20pm Lunch
1:00pm – 2:50pm Workshops
1:00pm – 1:50pm Breakout Sessions
2:00pm – 2:50pm Breakout Sessions
3:00pm – 3:30pm Vendor Partner Sessions
3:40pm – 4:30pm Breakout Sessions
5:00pm – 7:00pm Trivia Night
Friday, November 4
8:30am – 9:30am Keynote (EdTech Share) and Prizes
9:50am – 11:40am Workshops
9:50am – 10:40am Breakout Sessions
11:00am – 11:50am Breakout Sessions


CS PD Week will be hosted at Bloomington Junior High School in Bloomington, IL. Participants may drive in each day or stay at a local hotel. Lodging will not be provided and must be arranged on your own.

Address: 901 N Colton Ave, Bloomington, IL 61701


I have questions. Who should I contact?

Please email Sarah Phelps at with all CS PD Week questions.

What is the cost for CS PD Week?

Attendence costs vary based upon which learning track you choose.

  • $100 Supporting CS track (Thursday/Friday only)
  • $400 General tracks (Computer Science Explorations-Elementary/Computer Science Explorations-Middle/High School/ AP Computer Science Principles with MakeCode)
  • $1,200 tracks (CS Discoveries/CS Principles)*

*Scholarships based upon school demographics are available track attendees

How many CPDUs will I earn for the week?

35 hours

What is included in CS PD Week?

CS PD Week 2023 will provide:

  • Computer Science training July 17-21, 2023 for Illinois K-12 teachers 
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks each day
  • T-shirt and other swag
  • Opportunities to connect with other educators from across the state
  • Fun evening social event to build relationships and celebrate CS education
Where can I view more information about the tracks?

The Track Catalog has the most up-to-date information about all the workshops

Is CS PD Week 2023 a hybrid event?

CSPDWeek 2023 is a fully in-person event. If anything changes, we will contact participants and post updates on the Illinois CS PD Week website.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellations are permitted, but precise procedures depend on your chosen track.

  • Track with Scholarship: Scholarship may be transferred to someone else within the same school.  However, if unable to find someone to transfer the scholarship less than 30 days prior to the event start, you will be charged $500. This also applies to no shows that have a scholarship through
  • (Non-scholarship): Fully transferable and can obtain a full refund up to 30 days before event start. No refunds provide to no show participants or their districts.
  • All other tracks:Fully transferable and can obtain a full refund up to 30 days before event start. No refunds provide to no show participants or their districts.
What happens if a track is cancelled?

Each track needs a minimum of 12 participants.  LTC may, at its sole discretion, choose to cancel an event due to low attendance or other unforeseen circumstances.

In this case, we will notify you via the listed email address provided at registration and refund all registration fees. You will have an option to choose another track or receive a full refund.

How do I make sure I get all of the information that I need for the week?

Please make sure to provide both your personal email address and your school email address for all communications. Add to your address book to help prevent our emails from going to your spam folder.  Please make sure to check your spam and junk folders for any communications from 

Where will the conference be held?

We are excited that the conference will be hosted at Bloomington Junior High School in Bloomington, IL.  Participants may drive in each day or stay at a local hotel.  Lodging will not be provided and must be arranged on your own.

What time will workshops start and end each day?

CS PD Week will kickoff on Monday, July 17 with registration opening at 7:00 am. Workshops will run Monday through Friday, July 17-21 from 8:00 am-4:00 pm each day. 

Do I have to book my own hotel room?

Yes, you will need to book and pay for your own hotel room.  We will provide a list of local hotels that you may contact for a room if you would like to stay in the area.

Where can I park?

There is ample parking at Bloomington Junior High School.  More information regarding parking will be sent closer to the event.

What meals are included?

Breakfast and lunch are included for all participants, Monday-Friday. Appetizers and drinks will be provided during the social event on THURSDAY evening.

Application & Registration Information

What information do I need in order to apply?

Application information depends on which track you wish to attend: CS Discoveries/CS Principles*: Complete’s online application. You will be asked to share information about your teaching assignment and your school.  You will also be asked to share an administrator’s contact to receive their approval for adding the course.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and if accepted, you will receive an email informing you of whether or not you qualify for scholarship funding. Cohorts do fill up, so apply early! 

All Other Tracks*: Once registration is opened, it will be first come, first served.  

*All tracks are limited to 35 participants.

How do I know what tracks will be offered at CS PD Week 2023?

The Track Catalog lists all the learning track options for this year’s event. Whether this is your first year teaching CS or you have numerous years as a CS educator under your belt, there is a place for you at CS PD Week. 

When does registration close? applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.  Applicants will have two weeks from receiving their acceptance to register for their spot in the track or forfeit their participation. 

Registration for the tracks is first come, first served.