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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.. 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. .

EZ Records is a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) record-keeping system designed to keep SAE program records, FFA participation, leadership activities, skills learned, and enterprise efficiencies. .

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ILCAE Advocacy Awards, Middle School Endorsement, NATAA Applications, Quote of the Day

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Items in this message:
1. ILCAE Agricultural Education Advocacy Awards: Due April 3, 2017
2. Middle School Endorsement – Teacher Licensure
3. National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy: Applications are open until March 30, 2017
4. Quote of the Day

1. Reminder - ILCAE Advocacy Awards: Due April 3, 2017

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) annually recognizes agricultural advocates from the five IAVAT districts for their efforts, dedication, and support for quality education programs in and about agriculture, k-adult.  Those eligible include all elementary, secondary, and post-secondary personnel responsible for the administration of agriculture education programs.  (This includes Ag in the Classroom, Jr. High School, High School, Community College, University, and Extension Agricultural Education programs.)  Persons eligible include, but are not limited to superintendents, principals, school board members, and advisory council members.

The nomination application is attached and is due by April 3, 2017 and recipients will be recognized at the IAVAT conference during the closing luncheon on June 22, 2017

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.

IL State University will offer the two required courses (TCH  421 and TCH 423) this summer and fall. (other institutions may offer the required courses as well)

3. 2017 National AgriScience Teacher Ambassador Academy: Applications are open until March 30, 2017

Click here for details and to apply.

The NAAE National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 10 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problems solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

If selected as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, you will be required to attend a national training session. The session is tentatively scheduled to be held the week of July 17-22, 2017.

Goals for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy include:

  • Provide teachers with educational resources and inquiry-based teaching skills to implement science-based activities in the classroom for environmental science, food science, sustainability and ag biological sciences.
  • Share lesson plans, laboratory exercises and teaching strategies in order to improve the resources available to teaching agriscience.
  • Train and influence the next generation and future employees who will advance agricultural sciences to the next level.

Following their training, the Academy's participants, National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors, facilitate workshops at the DuPont Agriscience Institute at the National FFA Convention and NAAE Convention, helping other agriscience teachers learn how to teach more effectively. Ambassadors also conduct workshops at their local, state, and regional conferences.

If you have questions about NATAA, contact Alissa Smith, NAAE Associate Executive Director.

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy is sponsored by DuPont as a special project of the National FFA Foundation and managed by NAAE.

4. Quote of the Day

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”  -Roger Staubach

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