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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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The Council Releases SAE Resources

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Council Releases SAE Resources

The National Council for Agricultural Education has developed and now released two new resources designed to assist in implementation of SAE programs.  These guides were created in answer to the needs identified by the participants in the SAE Summit held in 2016.  The work was completed by Vivayic under the guidance of the Council’s SAE Resources Taskforce.  These resources may be helpful as you plan your time for SAEs where additional time beyond normal teaching duties can be covered under the new Three Circles (FFA & SAE) grant available this fall. The ‘SAE for All’ guides for students and teachers are now posted on the National Council’s website.

 The Student Guide is designed to help students understand that in agricultural education; learning does not start and stop at the classroom door. It introduces students to the many opportunities to learn and develop real-world skills outside of the classroom and beyond the school day. This guide will provide students and parents: 

  • Clarity about what an SAE is and how it works
  • A roadmap to get on the correct SAE path
  • An understanding of how an SAE provides Real Learning for a Real Future!

The Teacher Guide provides additional clarity and details about expectations for student learning outcomes. It also includes tools and frameworks to guide implementation. It is meant to supplement the 'SAE for All' Student Guide and provide teachers practical guidance, tools and examples to do the following:

  • Help students understand what an SAE is, the value it provides and how to get started
  • Ensure all students enrolled in agricultural education courses have an SAE
  • Connect SAE to school priorities
  • Integrate SAE into classroom grading system

Additional work is underway on creation of six implementation guides that address the Foundation SAE along with individual guides for each type of immersion SAEs which will be released in the coming months.


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