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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.   

Are You Excited?

August 8, 2020

Fall classes will start soon. Are you ready? Are you excited? Will you teach online, hybrid or in-person classes? Are you ready? ICTA will have an ONLINE CONVENTION this year. Are you excited? We are!

Vice President Bryan Asbury and his Planning Committee are preparing the first-ever ONLINE Convention that ICTA has ever hosted, and you won't want to miss it. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee has developed a program that is essential for educators who want to expand their understanding of remote learning and to increase their ability to motivate and teach students in a virtual world. The range of topics is incredible--everything from "Issues of Equity in Online Competition" to "Tools for the Virtual Classroom" to "Assessment in the Online Environment." Those are just a few of the topics that will be covered. For a complete list of tracks and topics, see Convention Overview. There are a few different options for registration for the 2020 Convention, and you may REGISTER NOW.  

We are also excited because sessions will be recorded and available to attendees for a week after the Convention. This means you won't have to completely miss that session that you wanted to attend, but couldn't because there was another session that you also wanted to attend. You'll be able to watch that session you missed at a later time.

We are also excited about a FREE Pre-Convention for the Illinois forensics community. On Saturday, August 29, from 10 am to 12 pm, coaches from a variety of high schools and colleges will lead discussions on how to recruit, retain, coach, and compete in the virtual world. You can REGISTER NOW.

We are also excited by a new approach to GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Speech). We will not have a GIFTS program during the 2020 Convention. Instead, we are asking you to submit your teaching ideas in the form of a short video. You can also attach any resources that you would like to share. We will then make these videos available on our website and our social media network pages. Use this form (https://forms.gle/uNK9uppW4Rw5Cot56) to make your submissions.

We are also excited about the Member Forum you will find on our Facebook page (go to facebook.com/groups/ictaforum). We anticipate it will include not only the GIFTS sessions that members submit, but also the recordings of our convention and other useful ideas and information. We want to expand this forum over time so that it becomes a practical, convenient, and valuable resource for communication and theatre educators in Illinois. 

Illinois Communication and Theatre Association's 2020 Convention

"A Perfect Vision: ICTA 2020"

Click here for more information

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 


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