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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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Dean Dittmar
District 5 Program Advisor
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1105 Old Vincennes Trail, Cell - 618-604-1622
O'Fallon, IL 62269
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Three Circle Grant Guidance - Due Jan 20 in IWAS

Thursday, January 11, 2018

*Sent to D5 Ag Teachers and Administrators

Hi Ag Teachers and Administrators:

Thank you for sending in your intent to apply for the FY18 Three Circle(FFA & SAE) Grant.   Statewide, 159 schools and 184 ag teachers applied.  In district 5, 41 schools(26% of the total applying) and 50 ag teachers(27% of the total applying).

Everyone should have received Harley Hepner's email message on December 20th which has much more detailed information.

The IWAS grant must be submitted online to ISBE by Saturday, January 20, 2018, so to secure a start date of July 1, 2017, for the ag teacher's 400 hour beginning.

IWAS budget page should include:
-1 row for TRS and THIS.  Function Code-2210, Object Code-200.  Specify amount for each.  Do not include this row if TRS and THIS aren't deducted.
-1 row for Curricular and Professional Development.  Function Code-2210 Object Code-100.  Specify estimated hours and salary amount for each.
-1 row for FFA and SAE.  Function Code-1000  Object Code-100.  Specify estimated hours and salary amount for each.
-Schools with multiple ag teachers should have seperate rows for each ag teacher.

Documentation of Hours:
-Highly recommended to enter in Ag Experience Tracker(AET) which is an online program available free for ag teacher use.   
-Documentation can also be made in similar programs...Excel, Word, etc. though AET has cells already included for data entry. 
-Entries must include: district name, school name, teacher name(s), date including start time and end time, activity description, number of hours, and relationship to SAE, FFA, or Curricular as well as number of individuals (elementary/middle school and high school students, community members and partners) impacted by its activities.  The start and end time should be included in the activity description data field for AET.
-Recommended hours in each area are:  FFA-136, SAE-136, Curricular-128.
-Monthly activity log sent to administrators at the beginning of every month for the previous month is recommended.
-Meeting with ag teacher(s), administrators, FFA rep, FFA Alumni rep, and others to discuss the best use of the ag teacher's 400 hour extended time is recommended.

If you have questions, please contact me or Harley Hepner, (217) 524-4832,  

Your assistance and support are greatly appreciated.  

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