2018 ICTA Annual Convention

September 27-29, 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton, Bloomington, IL

"Roots, Renaissance, Revolution"

Convention Planner - Lisa Stout

Greetings! The ICTA Board is thrilled to invite you to our 2018 Annual Convention, which will be held from Thursday, September 27 through Saturday, September 29, 2018 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Bloomington, Illinois. Our room rate at the DoubleTree is $105 per night. Please book your hotel room by September 13th to guarantee that rate. The theme for this year's convention is "Roots, Renaissance, Revolution." As we move forward, we need to remember where we've been and who came before - our roots. We are currently in a Renaissance period where we have a new name and brand and fresh ideas, and as we look to the future, we are headed into a period of Revolution where we as an organization will need to advocate for ourselves, each other, and our disciplines. We are in the midst of exciting times where each one of us can make a huge difference, and we hope you will join us in September. If you have any questions, please contact convention planner and President-Elect, Lisa Stout at lstout@wacohi.net. 

Convention Highlights

Past Presidents’ Reception

This new ICTA tradition returns for a second year, and you won’t want to miss! Join us on Thursday evening starting at 8:30 p.m. to kick off convention with a meet and greet hosted by ICTA Past Presidents including Ellie Marvin, Ed Jodlowski, and Tina Winings. This reception will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington. All attendees are invited. Meet colleagues - old and new! Raffle prizes will be included.

Electronic Script Exchange (Secondary Ed. Forensics)

For many years ICTA has sponsored a script exchange as one of our key services at convention. For the past several years, we have collected scripts electronically to share with interested members. All those who would like to participate need to send an electronic copy of a performance ready script for Prose, Poetry, Oratorical Declamation, Humorous Interpretation, Humorous Duet Acting, Dramatic Interpretation, or Dramatic Duet Acting. Be sure to include specific publication information as well. Scripts should be sent to Justin Matkovich at jmatkovich@csd99.org between NOW and October 3. The collected scripts will then be e-mailed to all who contributed. Feel free to share more than one script. Don’t miss your chance to share your expertise with colleagues and to find some great new material!

Electronic Swap Shop

The Swap Shop has been a highlight of ICTA for many years. Swap shop participants email a lesson plan, article, activity, etc. for the classroom or extracurricular activities. Members who would like to participate should email an activity, lesson plan, article, etc. to Brian Rohman at bmrohma@ilstu.edu. Please feel free to share more than one item; this is a great way to share your ideas and expertise with your peers and get new ideas you can use in your classroom.

Book and Materials Exchange

Bring books or materials related to your discipline that you would like to contribute to the exchange table; take books that interest you. This is a fantastic way to pass along materials and books and to find some new gems.

Food and Conversation

Your convention fee includes breakfast in the hotel on both days of the convention, luncheon and Friday, and the President’s reception on Friday evening. This year’s President’s Reception will feature delicious appetizers and Trivia! The reception will begin at 8 p.m. (after dinner on your own).

Secondary Education Individual Events Coaching Workshops

A recurring feature of the ICTA convention is a popular series of workshops for coaches. The focus of the workshop sessions is to help new coaches as well as experienced coaches with information and tips you can begin using this season. These sessions and workshops will run on Saturday only, starting with two morning sessions and two afternoon workshops. There will also be two IHSA sessions on Friday morning that deal with new rules, proof of publication, etc. Contact Justin Matkovich for more information: jmatkovich@csd99.org.

Professional Development Units

ICTA is a registered Professional Development Provider for Illinois K-12 teachers. PD hours are earned 1 per eligible session. Please use the “Conference-at-a-Glance” as your checklist. You will receive credit electronically. In order to do this, we will need you to sign up at the registration table with your IEIN number and email address. You will also need to fill out an evaluation form (77-21A), also available at the registration table. You will receive the completion form (77-21B) via email. If you have any questions, please talk to Anna Wright or email her at amwrigh@ilstu.edu.

Take a look at the sessions offered this year in our CONVENTION AT A GLANCE.

Convention Registration is NOW OPEN: Online 

Paper Form

Register for your room by September 13, 2018 to be guaranteed the group rate:  Hotel Website

If you are interested in sponsoring the 2018 Convention, check out our sponsorship form.



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