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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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Jess Smithers
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3358 Big Pine Trail
Champaign, IL 61822
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IL Ag Ed Teacher Grant Program, Middle School Endorsement, Loan Forgiveness

Monday, May 08, 2017

Items in this message:
1. IAA Foundation – IL Agricultural Education Teacher Grant Program
2. Middle School Endorsement – Teacher Licensure
3. Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program
4. Quote of the Day

1. IAA Foundation - Illinois Agricultural Education Teacher Grant Program

The IAA Foundation has announced a new grant program to address the shortage of high school agriculture teachers in Illinois.  Agricultural Education Teachers who entered their first year into the workforce in the current school year as a traditionally licensed educator are eligible to apply for this five year grant program which will provide an increased level of supplemental personal income over the course of the program.

It is the goal of this program to encourage Agricultural Education Teachers to continue in the profession and help bolster Agricultural Education in Illinois. Each program year, four Agricultural Education Teachers will be accepted into the grant program. Upon successful re-application, which includes meeting annual eligibility requirements, each initial awardee will receive additional increased grant awards for the next four years of their teaching career, receiving up to $10,000 in total.

Please view this link for more information regarding the grant.

Thanks to the Illinois Farm Bureau and the IAA Foundation for their support of Agricultural Education in Illinois!

2. Middle School Endorsement – Teacher Licensure

If you don’t currently have an endorsement to teach at the middle school level, you should strongly consider acquiring it prior to February 1, 2018 which is when licensure changes related to middle school will go into effect.  Teachers with a current PEL (the two course option does not apply to ELS CTE licenses) can take two courses and apply for the middle school endorsement prior to February 1, 2018 and then will be “grandfathered in” and will be able to teach middle school agriculture courses in the future if the opportunity / need arises.

I know that IL State University will offer the two required courses (TCH  421 and TCH 423) this summer and fall (other universities may offer the courses as well)

3. Federal Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue in the teaching profession. Under this program, if you teach full-time for five complete and consecutive academic years in certain elementary and secondary schools and educational service agencies that serve low-income families, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to a combined total of $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans.

4. Quote of the Day

“Don’t wait until conditions are perfect to begin.  Beginning makes conditions perfect” –Alan Cohen

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