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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.   

Follow-up to the 2021 Spotlight Panel

The Spotlight Panel at the 2021 ICTA Convention "Mental Health: Picking up the Pieces after COVID-19",  inspired much discussion and left attendees hungry for more. We decided to host a special online (Zoom) event on October 19 to give everyone a chance to reflect more deeply and consider possible ways to implement the ideas presented during the Spotlight Panel. 

Catherine Ross-Cook, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator at Homewood-Flossmoor HS, will continue the discussion with a focus on how we, as educators, must move to unmask disparities that have been hiding in plain sight, positing that we can no longer pretend that education or systems of knowledge are apolitical. As students cry out for a just and culturally responsive education, how do we meet their needs? We must first begin with the basics--understanding our situation. Forging ahead toward Educational Equity requires reexamining the 5 W's of the educational situation.  

Find out what these are and how to address them on Tuesday, October 19 at 6:00 pm for this one-hour session. 

Registration is FREE, and anyone can attend--you just need to register. Click here: Registration is OPEN NOW.

On Monday, a Zoom link will be sent to all who register

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