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What is ICTA?

ICTA is a professional association for high school and higher education teachers and coaches of communication, speech, debate, theatre, and media.

Mission Statement

The Illinois Communication and Theatre Association cultivates teaching, learning, service, and advocacy by supporting and developing educators through innovative pedagogies and promoting and advancing public discourse knowledge and skills as integral to learning and life-long citizenry. 

Vision Statement

The Illinois Communication and Theatre Association envisions a future in which communication and public discourse is understood as practical and necessary for developing competencies in professional and personal contexts.   

June 23, 2020

ICTA 2020 Membership Survey

To ensure your voice is heard please make sure to complete this survey no later than July 3rd

As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, we all know that we are going to be expected to be as flexible as possible in our instruction this fall. We are instructing in a time where we may be teaching classes that have traditionally met face to face either online or in a hybrid format. We are also instructing in a time where conversations about race, power, and privilege are entering our classrooms, and our role as educators continues to be paramount to the discourses in which our society engages. Our mission is to cultivate teaching, learning, service, and advocacy by supporting and developing educators through innovative pedagogies and promoting and advancing public discourse knowledge and skills as integral to learning and life-long citizenry. In 2020, this mission has never been more important. 

To that end, ICTA is assessing the best possible way to support our members. At our April Executive Board Meeting, we had an extensive discussion about the role that ICTA is, or at least should be, playing in your lives. As we enter our new normal, ICTA is committed to creating a space for our members to engage with each other, outside of our annual convention. Additionally, we are committed to providing the best possible convention experience possible regardless of the final format that convention takes this fall and beyond. To that end, the best way to guide our decision making process is to ask you, the membership, what you would like from us! Please complete the brief survey. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and the feedback will be used to guide the resources, collaboration, and convention programing that you will see in the coming months. Our goal is to provide a professional community that is best equipped to continue to support our students become the best advocates that they can become.



A Message for All Members

April 29, 2020

In this unusual time, we are all trying to determine the best course of action to take in order to maintain our professional and personal lives while maintaining proper social distance as a primary defense against COVID-19. The ICTA Board is no different.  At our April 25 ICTA board meeting, the board determined that ICTA must remain flexible, adaptable and responsible in light of the pandemic and the evolving responses advanced by Governor Pritzker and the federal government.

As we are about to enter the summer months, ICTA is committed to helping our members navigate our uncertain times. While educators were thrown into the deep end during the second half of the Spring 2020 semester, state and local leaders have announced their intention to provide more notice to us all so we can better adapt our instruction moving forward. ICTA strives to be a resource to our membership to help plan for instruction in class that occurs in person, online, or that starts in one format and is moved into another format due to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Board continues to meet, we will be discussing ways to best support members in the coming months. 

While our 2020 ICTA convention is scheduled for September 24-26, 2020, at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria, we want to keep our options open should state and/or federal health guidelines preclude us from gathering as an intact body. We recognize the role the convention plays in the lives of our members, and we want to ensure that our 91st Convention provides opportunities for both valuable professional development and much-needed socializing/networking. To that end, we are committed to hosting the full convention that we began planning a year ago, and we are currently collaborating to determine varied configurations should we need to pivot from our traditional format.

Regardless of how the convention is finally presented, we are continuing to make preparations. We are excited by the possibilities and optimistic about our ability to provide you a meaningful experience no matter the format.  For example, we envision “tracks” of programs that will help you take advantage of sessions that will be most useful for you. 

We would also like your input as we make our plans. You can anticipate a questionnaire or poll in the near future to solicit your ideas for GIFTS, panels, workshops, or webinars. Your input is extremely valuable, and we hope you will take the time to provide us your feedback when the opportunity arises

In addition, we anticipate some intermittent deadlines as we navigate this uncharted path toward our convention.  Please stay tuned for more communication from the Board.

In the meantime, be safe, maintain the “compassionate circumference,” and wash your hands frequently.

The ICTA Board

Illinois Communication and Theatre Association's 2020 Convention

"A Perfect Vision: ICTA 2020"



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Sponsorship Opportunity

ICTA is looking for sponsors for our upcoming convention. We offer ad space in our convention program, booth space to interact directly with our members at convention, as well as opportunities to be singled out as a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Sponsor. Please see our sponsorship form for more details. If you have any questions, please contact 2020 Convention Planner Bryan Ellis (bryan.asbury@icc.edu) or Executive Director Ed Schwarz (eschwarz@prairiestate.edu)

Illinois Communication and Theatre Association

C/O Edward Schwarz

Prairie State College

202 S. Halsted St.

Chicago Heights, IL 60411 

708-709-3688


Joining us gives permission to share any photos or video taken at conference or shared by other members. We need to advocate for ourselves and our students' futures in Illinois in the areas of communication and theatre. If you wish to not have a photo published on the web, please contact illinoiscta@gmail.com