What is IATE?

An affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), IATE serves professional teachers of English at all levels, elementary through college, throughout the state of Illinois.  We offer a variety of activities and publications, most notably our annual fall conference. IATE members also participate in regional activities throughout the year and serve on standing committees that promote the interests of IATE and its 1200 members.

Arranged by districts across the state, IATE provides a lively network for the exchange of teaching tips, current research, and professional development—as well as enduring friendships.

Fall Conference 2021:


October 15 and 16, 2021
Chicago Marriott Northwest, Hoffman Estates

Conference Registration is open! Please click here to register.

Our keynote speakers include Tiffany D. Jackson, David Bowles, and our IATE Illinois Author of the Year, Mikki Kendall. See our Conference Home Page for details.

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Our fall conference will be held October 15-16, 2021 at the Chicago Marriott Northwest in Hoffman Estates. Our theme of “Honoring Our Past & Looking Toward Our Future” lends itself to a variety of session possibilities, focused on both the progress we have made and our goals for the future of English education. We are also looking for sessions that are based upon and/or honor Dr. Jan Neuleib’s contributions to the English teaching profession.

Program chair: Jennifer Gouin (jgouin@lchsrailers.org)

IATE’s Mission

The mission of the Illinois Association of Teachers of English is to improve the quality of instruction in English at all educational levels; to encourage research, experimentation, and investigation in the teaching of English; to facilitate professional cooperation of the members; to hold public discussions and programs; to sponsor the publication of desirable articles and reports; and to integrate the efforts of all those who are concerned with the improvement of instruction in English.

Easy Donating

If you would like to make a financial donation to IATE or make a payment of an invoice, you may do so by simply clicking the “Donate to IATE”  button below.


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