EdTA National Conference

EdTA National Conference 

Every year the Educational Theatre Association's National Conference provides theatre educators with dynamic workshops, stimulating keynote speakers, and chances to learn and share with old and new friends. Conference gives teachers access to hundreds of theatre professionals during an event filled with opportunities for networking and professional development. 

Theatre teachers know that redefining and refreshing their expertise and abilities on a regular basis is key to student success. At the EdTA National Conference, educators can sharpen their skills and expand their body of knowledge through workshops and master classes taught by experts and professionals and covering a wide variety of topics such as acting, directing, pedagogy, standards, and much more.

Check out some of the great moments from the 2016 Conference on Thespian Nation!

2016 Conference keynote speaker Dr. Monique Chism is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Programs in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role she serves as a principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary on grant programs and initiatives in the Offices of Academic Improvement, Safe and Healthy Students, School Support and Rural Programs, Impact Aid Program, Migrant Education, and Indian Education. Prior to joining the department, Dr. Chism held a number of positions in the field of education as a teacher, researcher, and state policy maker at the Illinois State Board of Education, where she served as the Assistant Superintendent for Innovation and Improvement. In these positions she has influenced and shaped education policy with the goal of ensuring that every student has access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to learn. She is committed to creating environments that foster educational excellence, and continues to focus on effective strategies for improving equity and access for all students, closing opportunity gaps, and cultivating culturally diverse schools.

Watch Dr. Chism's 2016 Conference presentation here.

To learn more about the EdTA National Conference check out Conference 2016's event schedule and list of workshops.

Thank you to the sponsors of the 2016 EdTA National Conference.