Illinois Schools

K12 Programs

  • Chicago Public Schools Complete dircetory to Chicago Public Schools. CPS  is the third largest school district in the United States.
  • CPS Career and Technical Education  CTE is a viable and exciting pathway to college and careers.
  • ChicagoTech Academy (Chicago Tech) is a school for 21st century leaders. Students are held to the highest standards, with an extended school day and double periods of Math and English.

Trade Schools

  • i.c. stars  provides a rigorous technology-based workforce development and leadership training program for low-income adults, developing Chicagoland’s most promising information technology talent with leadership goals and connecting them with career opportunities through our social enterprise and our partner organizations.
  • Year Up – is a one year intensive technical and professional skills development program serving predominantly low income urban 18-24 year olds who have a HS Diploma or GED.  Over the course of the program young adults will receive 6 months of college credited skills development and a 6 month internship with major corporations.

IT Certification and Continuing Education Provider

  •  Directions Training Since 1991, Directions Training has been successfully educating IT and business professionals worldwide. We offer an extensive selection of IT and business skills courses that are customized to meet the student’s needs.Whether you seek specific IT training to expand your skill set or want to obtain a business certification to make yourself more marketable, our courses will prepare you to compete and succeed in today’s fast-changing marketplace.

College/University Information Technology Programs

  • Illinois Online School Programs – Illinois has been a center of learning, culture, and trade in the United States for well over a century. The state is known by most as the home of Abraham Lincoln and the location of Chicago. Less known is its history of cultural and technological advancement. In 1893, for instance, Chicago hosted the Columbian exposition, an expansive fair featuring the first Ferris wheel, the first phosphorescent lamps, and even the first meeting of the Congress of Mathematicians. Notable educational institutions in Illinois include the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. The state of Illinois has maintained this tradition of cultural and educational excellence even into the digital age. Elementary, high school, and college students can now take classes at a variety of online schools in Illinois.
  • Lewis University – Advance your career while defending and protecting freedom at the corporate, national and global cyber level with a Master of Science in Information Security.The MSIS program offers coursework that covers the ten domains of knowledge required for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam—the “gold standard” of information security. You will also choose from two distinctive concentrations that will prepare you to become a leader in winning the war on cyber warfare.
  • Northwestern University – the part-time MSIS program trains students in information systems methodologies, with an emphasis on design, implementation and evaluation of software applications and theoretical models. Courses are taught by leaders in the field, and each includes project based study from real-world cases. The degree provides access to professionals anticipating the next tech trends. Students may choose to take some or all classes online, and can choose from specializations which complement their professional experience and interests. The diverse cohort of peers drawn to technology management enhances class conversations, and opens networking opportunities beyond the classroom. Fully accredited, SCS online courses marry the best aspects of online technology with the interactivity of the classroom in a format designed to work with students’ busy schedules.
  • Robert Morris University – Undergrad – the Mission of the Institute of Technology & Media is to provide an applied, career-oriented computer education, prepare students for advanced study in the computer field, produce graduates who possess sound interpersonal skills, and strive to implement visionary and innovative ideas in technology.
  • Robert Morris University – Graduate – of all the industries out there, none change as rapidly as information technology. The most successful IT professionals don’t just keep pace, they drive innovation. The Robert Morris University Master of Information Systems program teaches students to apply their knowledge of technology and skills in problem solving to meet business challenges and anticipate future needs. The curriculum provides a solid foundation of communication skills and applies them to IS applications including database management, information security, and networking.
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville Computer Science Department offers two undergraduate curricula, one leading to the Bachelor of Science degree and the other to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The curricula have been designed to provide students with a solid foundation from which they can grow and change with the discipline of computing. The department also offers a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Computer Science Minor.
  • Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy – located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy is one of the industry’s most well-known and respected digital arts schools—providing intensive, hands-on, apprenticeship-style degree programs that propel graduates into “the business” in a way few other institutions can. Part college, part industry apprenticeship, we offer a progressive training model through which students begin using industry-standard equipment and software and working on real-world client projects during their very first semester on campus. They graduate in as little as 15 months with robust resumes and the insider industry know-how they need to step seamlessly into their careers in the digital media arts.


  •  is an online community of practice for innovation in providing access to online environments in education.
  • AdvancePath Academics is a provider of alternative education solutions for out-of-school youth and those students who are disengaged or at-risk of dropping out of high school.
  • Alice Project – is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.
  • American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession.
  • American Library Association  provides leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.
  • American School Counselor Association supports school counselors’ efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.
  • America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to improving the lives of young people. Alliance partners are national organizations from all sectors, including education organizations, nonprofits, corporations, associations, and faith-based groups.
  • Association for Careers and Education -is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.
  • BATEC –  is changing IT education by encouraging Educators & Industry to support each other. Curriculum development employs a team-based approach, with educators and industry partners working through topics and modules in a variety of modalities, including face-to-face meetings and online communication, to create advanced rigorous content that reflects current and emerging industry needs.
  • Association For Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession.
  • Chicago Area Writing Project is one of over 200 sites of the National Writing Project and is the oldest of six NWP sites in Illinois.
  • College Board  The College Board is driven by a single goal — to ensure that every student has the opportunity to prepare for, enroll in and graduate from college.
  • Communities in Schools – addresses the gap between students’ needs and schools’ ability to respond to these needs. We connect students with free social, emotional, health and enrichment programs and provide schools and the community organizations providing services with strategic and tactical expertise in effective program coordination.
  • Computer Science Unplugged – is a collection of free learning activities that teach Computer Science through engaging games and puzzles that use cards, string, crayons and lots of running around.
  • Connect to Compete – is a nonprofit organization created to increase broadband adoption and digital literacy training in disadvantaged communities throughout the United States.
  • Consortium on Chicago School Research – conducts research of high technical quality that can inform and assess policy and practice in the Chicago Public Schools. We seek to expand communication among researchers, policy makers, and practitioners as we support the search for solutions to the problems of school reform.
  • CoSN Founded in 1992, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the premier professional association for school district technology leaders. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders.
  • Coursera – is a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free. We envision a future where the top universities are educating not only thousands of students, but millions. Our technology enables the best professors to teach tens or hundreds of thousands of students.
  • Creating IT Futures Foundation by CompTIA  has developed relationships with leading IT companies and the organizations that train workers.
  • Community College Review  provides free, detailed profiles of community colleges across the USA. The site lets you compare colleges within your state and learn more about how community colleges work.
  • Computing Technology Industry Association is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of IT professionals and companies, we focus our programs on four main areas: education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy.
  • Computing Research Association – is an association of more than 200 North American academic departments of computer science, computer engineering, and related fields; laboratories and centers in industry, government, and academia engaging in basic computing research; and affiliated professional societies.
  • Digital Literacy – portal is an initiative of the Obama Administration to serve as a valuable resource to practitioners who are delivering digital literacy training and services in their communities. As more and more jobs and educational offerings are available online, the ability to navigate the Internet is critical to participate more fully in the economy.
  • Donaldson Foundation The mission of the Donaldson Foundation is to positively impact the communities in which we live and work by supporting education.
  • Dot Diva – we’re young women with the power and passion to make a difference. We believe in the potential of computing to build a better world.
  • Education Resource Strategies, Inc. –  is a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the way people, time, and money are used in urban education so that all students receive the support they need to succeed.
  • Educause – is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.
  • Education Week – is the the premium publisher of K-12 education content, Editorial Projects in Education employs reporters, editors, and researchers with in-depth knowledge of school-related issues and data.
  • edX – is a joint partnership between The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University to offer online learning to millions of people around the world. EdX will offer Harvard and MIT classes online for free. Through this partnership, the institutions aim to extend their collective reach to build a global community of online learners and to improve education for everyone.
  • Engines for Education –  is a non-profit that develops curricula for schools (elementary through post-graduate).
  • eSpark Learning – creates a personalized curriculum on iPads™ to meet individual student’s needs. They use your existing student data to determine unique learning needs of your students and help them set academic goals. They then guide them through a tailored set of the best 3rd party apps, games and instructional content.
  • Exploring Computer Science – is focused on building a professional learning community of teacher leaders. The PD consists of a summer institute focused both on course content and pedagogical knowledge, along with on-going PDs and inquiry groups throughout the year, and an in-classroom coaching program.
  • – the rising star of 21st education. Very interesting approach.
  • Game Desk – is a research, game development, and outreach organization that has evolved out of seven years of research at the University of Southern California. We have developed, tested and evaluated next generation game curriculum and software throughout various pilots in schools and community centers in the Los Angeles area.
  • Girls Who Code – is a new organization working to educate, inspire and equip 13- to 17-year-old girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in technology and engineering.
  • Grace Hopper Regional Consortium – expands the positive impact of the national Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) and the NCWIT Practices Summit to underserved, local, diversity-rich populations. The vision of GHRC is to develop self-sustaining regional communities using ACM-W regional conferences and ACM-W student chapters within the regions.
  • GradNation –  America’s Promise Alliance launched its most ambitious campaign ever – Grad Nation – to end the high school dropout crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce.
  • Great Schools –  GreatSchools is the country’s leading source of information on school performance. With listings of 200,000 public and private schools serving students from preschool through high school and more than 800,000 parent ratings and reviews, GreatSchools has become the go-to guide for parents aiming to make a smart school choice.
  • Illinois Education Foundation seeks to broaden opportunities available to Illinois high school graduates by providing last-dollar community college scholarships to low-income, high-potential students. The IEF combines financial assistance with a comprehensive set of academic support services, such as tutoring and mentoring
  • Illinois State Writing Project sponsors teachers who teach teachers in Peoria, Bartonville, Eureka, Lasalle, Henry, El Paso, Streator, Danville, Decatur, Clinton, Heyworth, Springfield, Lincoln, Atlanta, as well as University High School in Normal, Central Catholic Schools, Trinity Lutheran Schools, Mulberry School, and the two unit districts (Unit 5 and District 87) in Normal and Bloomington.
  • Illinois Technology Association mission is to grow technology companies by fostering deep collaboration among the diverse industry all in support of developing the ecosystem necessary to foster the success of member companies.All the while tirelessly advocating for the industry to raise the awareness of Illinois as a leading technology community.
  • Illinois Writing Project  provides professional development on teaching writing, reading, and the application of both skills for learning across the curriculum and across whole schools.
  • Information & Technology Literacy – this Wisconsin site is a resource for developing a district plan to ensure that all students are information and technology literate by eighth grade. One of the goals of Title IID of NCLB is to ensure that all students are technology literate by eighth grade.
  • – for more than 40 years, ISACA has been a pace-setting global organization for information governance, control, security and audit professionals.
  • Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
  • Khan Academy– is an organization on a mission. We’re a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.
  • Knowledge Network Explorer – The AT&T family of companies has a long commitment to improving education. The Knowledge Network Explorer (KNE) has been on the Internet since 1995. Our mission is still to help Schools adopt 21st century technologies including mobile applications, web-based learning, and portable content, to help improve learning outcomes.
  • KnowledgeWorks for more than a decade, KnowledgeWorks has been deeply involved in developing and implementing approaches to high school education that prepare students for tomorrow’s challenges, teaching them to create, adapt and solve problems.
  • Learning Point Associates The American Institutes for Research and Learning Point Associates have merged to become the leading education research company in the nation providing a continuum of education research, assessment, technical assistance and policy analysis from the school level up to the national and international levels.
  • Mentor  The National Mentoring Partnership has been the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States. MENTOR helps children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.
  • National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and other nations. NCES is located within the U.S. Department of Education and the Institute of Education Sciences.
  • National Center for Women & Information Technology – a  coalition that works to increase diversity in IT and computing. NCWIT believes that greater diversity will create a larger and more competitive workforce, and promote the design of technology that is as broad and innovative as the population it serves. NCWIT focuses on improving diversity across the entire spectrum: K-12 through college education, and on to academic, corporate and entrepreneurial careers.
  • National Dropout Prevention Center  The mission of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is to increase high school graduation rates through research and evidence-based solutions.
  • New Leaders – Founded in 2000 by a team of social entrepreneurs, New Leaders is a national nonprofit that develops transformational school leaders and designs effective leadership policies and practices for school systems across the country.
  • New Tech Network – works nationwide with schools, districts and communities to develop innovative public high schools. We provide services and support that enable schools to fundamentally rethink teaching and learning. Our goal is to enable students to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life, college and the careers of tomorrow.
  • NOCTI Assessment Services  is a leading provider of high-quality occupational competency assessment products and services to secondary and post-secondary educational institutions in the United States and around the world.
  • Office of STEM Education Partnerships – Northwestern University connects K-12 students & teachers with the world-class science, technology, engineering and mathematics resources of Northwestern University.
  • Oracle Education Foundation inspires students globally to think, connect, create and share — using technology to help them dissolve boundaries, fulfill their potential, and create a better society.
  • Pew Reserch Center  is a nonpartisan “fact tank” that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It does not take positions on policy issues.
  • Open Education Database  helps ambitious or prospective students find the most convenient, valuable, and relevant education programs to fulfill their academic and career objectives.
  • Project Management Institute Educational Foundation Through grants, programs, scholarships, and educational resources the PMI Educational Foundation brings the benefits and the power of project management to local communities and to the farthest reaches of the world for social good.
  • Project Tomorrow  The vision of Project Tomorrow is ensure that today’s students are well prepared to be tomorrow’s innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world.  We believe that by supporting the innovative uses of science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools and communities, students will develop the critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills needed to compete and thrive in the 21st century.
  • SIGCSE  The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education provides a forum for educators to discuss issues related to the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of computing programs, curricula, and courses, as well as syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy.
  • Society for Science & the Public  is a nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.
  • TechCorps –  develop and deploye technology programs and tech-savvy volunteers to assist K-12 schools and youth-serving organizations across the country.  Since 1995, more than 10,000 TECH CORPS volunteers have shared their time and talents assisting schools and nonprofit organizations in their communities.
  • Technology Education Association of Illinois – is dedicated to the promotion and professional development for teachers in the Technology Education field.
  • The Chicago Public Education Fund –  accelerates student achievement in Chicago’s traditional and charter public schools by building high-performing teams of principals and teachers, improving evaluation and accountability systemwide, and reinventing classrooms with the innovative use of time, technology and talent.
  • Thinkfinity – Verizon Thinkfinity Content Partners produce the program’s nine discipline-specific, standards-based Web sites. Each site includes lessons for teachers, activities to use in and out of the classroom, games for young children and teens, adult literacy resources and reference materials for anyone in the education field, as well as for parents and afterschool practitioners.
  • ThinkQuest – is a complete learning environment for primary and secondary schools developed by the Oracle Education Foundation.
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute – is the nation’s leader in advancing educational excellence for every child through quality research, analysis, and commentary.
  • University of Illinois Writing Project  an affiliate of the National Writing Project (NWP), is a federally funded professional development program for teachers at all levels and in all disciplines to encourage and support the teaching of writing.
  • Wallace Foundationbased in New York City, is a national philanthropy that seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding projects to test innovative ideas for solving important social problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others.
  • YOUmedia – is an innovative, 21st century teen learning space housed at the Chicago Public Library’s downtown Harold Washington Library Center. YOUmedia was created to connect young adults, books, media, mentors, and institutions throughout the city of Chicago in one dynamic space designed to inspire collaboration and creativity.
  • Youth Connection News bridges communications between the Principals, Students, Teachers, Staff, Parents, and those in the community who care for youth achievement.
  • Zinch hook students up with scholarships and with colleges & grad schools

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  • – mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.
  • Common Core State Standards – provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.
  • Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)  is a consortium of states working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers. These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students’ progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.


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