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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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IAVAT Conference Notice

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sent to All Contacts

Please click here to view a tentative agenda for this year's conference.

Sent on behalf of Corinne Galvan, IAVAT President:


As your year winds down, it’s time to begin thinking about our summer conference.  In addition to being a time to gather with friends and gain valuable professional development, we have several pressing orders of business to attend to regarding the operation of our organization. According to our constitution, members must be informed of any business regarding the constitution and dues 30 days prior to our annual conference. This email serves as that notification, and provides you with an opportunity to reflect and bring discussion points to our business sessions.

Item 1: Proposed Constitutional Changes (voted on by board in January, emailed to membership Jan 10, 2017)

Constitutional Review: several changes in the IAVAT constitution will be up for approval at summer conference. The proposed changes are:

  • Article 5: amend the IAVAT board office of treasurer to treasurer/secretary.

  • Article 5: amend that any representative of IACCAI can serve on our executive board rather than just the IACCAI president

  • Article 8: add the office of treasurer to elected section offices and amend the responsibilities of collecting dues and maintaining membership from the secretary to the treasurer.

  • Article 11: change the responsibility of approving bill payments from president and treasurer to executive director and bookkeeper (current practice)

To see a copy of our constitution with highlighted changes, please click HERE.

Item 2: Proposed Dues Changes (voted on by board in April 2017)

This item will receive dedicated time during a business session for further discussion. Due to significant declines in the Foundation collection drive over the past few years and lower revenue from various other sources, coupled with increasing programming costs, IAVAT is facing some tough budget decisions. For a number of years, the IAVAT budget has made cuts to all extras that are not currently being funded from self-sufficient, dedicated sources (such as the advocacy fund providing for the lobbyist). In looking at our dues history, IAVAT has not had a dues increase since the 1980s, and IAVAT dues are currently less than 50% of the total dues dollars we are collecting. To solve our problem, the board feels a combination of cutting spending, increasing dues, and working with IACTE to provide some rebates from our dues contribution there are the right steps to take. Any dues increase must be approved by the membership and would not take effect until the 2018-2019 membership year. Currently, the following motion has been passed by the board and will be presented to the membership for discussion and a decision: to establish (option 1 - base package) IAVAT dues for 2018-2019 to not exceed $245 .

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your district director prior to conference. We look forward to planning the new year with everyone.


Corinne Galvan

IAVAT President



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