The Dr. Ryan Brown IDEA Scholarship is now available at  Please encourage your students who will be attending ISU in the fall to apply.  

Teacher of the Year: Dale West Joliet Central High School

Congratulations to all of our winners!

The awards are now posted under 2019 awards.  The updated pictures will follow.

President’s Letter

IDEA Members,

I first of all want to congratulate everyone on another great year.  Thanks to all of those students who competed, the parents who supported them, and the teachers and administration that allow this organization to continue.  This year has been another good year of growth for the organization and we have continue to make more positive improvements to streamline the competition process as well as improve our professional development offering in the fall.  If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to email me as we are always looking to improve.  The dates for next school year have now been posted.  We courage all teachers to attend our new ITEC conference that we co-present with the TEAI.  If you are interested in presenting or want to know more about the fall conference feel free to contact me for more information.  Again thanks to everyone for a great school year and I hope that everyone has a great summer!

Brian Rick-President
President- IDEA








IDEA Calendar

  • ITEC-IDEA Conference: November 8th - 9th, 2019
  • Regional Competition: Feb 17 - March 6, 2020
  • State Competition: April 18, 2020