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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.   

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 


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