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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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Illinois State University
Agricultural Education Professor
140 Ropp Agriculture Building, Campus Box 5020
Normal, IL 61790-5020
(309) 438-8084
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Illinois State University - Professional development Opportunity

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Illinois Teaching Policy Fellowship

Illinois Agriculture Teachers.

I wanted to make you aware of an opportunity that is available for those of you interested in developing your skills in the area of Educational Policy.  Please reveiw the information below and consider this opportunity or encorage others to consider it.

The Illinois Teaching Policy Fellowship has just opened its application for teachers who want to develop their ability to influence the policies that affect their profession and their students.  This a growth opportunity for you and I encourage you to consider it.


What is the Illinois Teaching Policy Fellowship?

  •  A highly selective leadership opportunity for outstanding Illinois teachers looking to deepen their knowledge of education policy and gain a voice in decisions that affect students and the teaching profession.
  •  Fellows expand their influence without leaving the classroom, starting in August 2018 and concluding in June 2019.  
  • Monthly Fellows Sessions (virtual and in-person)
  • Fellows receive training through expert-led modules and direct engagement with key stakeholders. No prior policy experience required.
  • Fellows receive a $1,600 stipend for their commitment.

We are seeking a cohort of teachers who reflect the cultural, linguistic, and geographic diversity of our state. Additionally, applicants:

  • Are teachers of record with at least two (2) full years of teaching experience by August 2018
  • Have a track record of success teaching students in Illinois
  • Are ready to dedicate time and passion to learning about policy and advocating on behalf of changes that impact students across all of Illinois
  • Have a passion for sharing the diverse perspectives and experiences of students and teachers with policy makers

Applications are due by May 20, 2018.  Please reach out to Sarah Campbell at if you have questions about the Fellowship or the application. 

We will also be having an information session about the Fellowship on May 8th from 5-6pm. Register here

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