President’s Letter

IDEA Members,

Welcome back drafting educators, students, & parents as we begin a new school year.  I am excited about the work that everyone does to bring young students to our profession and see them gain the same passion that we have about drafting & design watch them grow throughout the year.  As an organization, we are healthy and continuing our efforts to grow and re-brand.  This is our 60th year as an organization and the year that we will re-brand to the Illinois Design Educators Association.  At last year’s fall conference we agreed to modernize and update our name.  The Illinois Design Educators Association was voted on to best represent our goals and visions of our organization as we continue into the future.

We will be hosting an open call to anyone who believes they can come up with a new logo for our new name.  This competition is now open and ongoing until October 1st, 2017.  We are looking for a logo that reflects our strong traditions of the past and brings us into the future as well.  When considering this project please consider our organizations history and our vision and goals.  We will welcome all ideas and the board reserves the right to select parts or all of any submissions that are submitted.  The winner or winners will be announced and recognized at our fall conference on October 26th.  A prize will be offered.  Please submit your entries to my email or any other board member listed in our about us section.  We look forward to seeing your ideas and submissions.

The fall conference will be hosted in Bloomington on October 26th for the IDEA.  We will continue our partnership with the TEAI for the ITEC portion of the conference on October 27th, & 28th.  I would like to encourage all members to attend this conference as it is one of the greatest opportunities we have in our profession to network and gain valuable skills to help make us better teachers.  Last year we were fortunate enough to pilot offering Autodesk certification for educators free of charge on the Thursday portion of the conference courtesy of Certiport.  This year we are expanding that opportunity to take the Autodesk certification exam in any of the Autodesk products including Revit & Inventor.  This is a great benefit that is available at no charge to you if you attend our conference. Registration will be open again through both our website as well as the ITEC website.  You can choose to attend just Thursday or ThursdaySaturday.  Last year we had great attendance.   Let’s challenge ourselves to continue that growth this year.  Please reach out to any drafting & design educator you may know to invite them to our fall conference.  We can waive your IDEA conference fee if you are a first-year teacher or a first-time teacher to our conference.  There are new teachers every year and we need to reach out and let them know we are here and that we can help them get involved in our organization.

Lastly, please think about nominating someone for our teacher of the year award.  Everyone works so hard at what they do and we would like to recognize you.  If you know someone meets the criteria of teacher of the year and is highly involved in their profession and this organization, please nominate them on our website.  Also, we will be having our board election again at the Fall conference.  If you know someone who might be interested in joining our executive board to serve the organization, please let us know so we can nominate them in our fall conference.  I have been on the board for 5 years now and this experience has greatly improved my teaching ability and helped me grow as a professional.  We need more teachers to step up to the call and continue to help this organization grow as our board continues to have great teachers who have served for years retire and move on.  If this is something you are interested in, please let us know.  I hope to see all of you at our fall conference and I hope you have a great school year.

Brian Rick



IDEA Calendar

  • Regional Competition: Feb 22 - March 9, 2018
  • State Competition: April 14, 2018
  • IDEA Fall Conference: October 26, 2017
  • ITEC-IDEA Conference October 27-28, 2017