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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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Excellence in Teaching Nomination Form Available

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

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IAVAT Excellence in Teaching - Nomination form now available

Do you have an outstanding agricultural instructor at your school or in your section? Please consider nominating them for the IAVAT "Excellence in Teaching" award!


What is the “Excellence in Teaching” award?

The IAVAT "Excellence In Teaching” award program provides an opportunity for Agricultural Education teachers to be recognized for conducting innovative programs of instruction that motivate students through the use of classroom and non-classroom activities.


Who is eligible for the award?

All middle school and high school Agricultural Education teachers are eligible to be nominated for the “Excellence in Teaching” award. Previous state winners of this award are not eligible to be nominated again.


Who can submit a nomination?

Nominations can be submitted by current and former students and administrators, guidance counselors, teachers, FFA Alumni members and other members of the community.


What recognitions are provided?

Recognitions are provided at three levels:

Section Winner - From the individuals nominated, twenty-five (25) individuals will be named as IAVAT Section Winners in the “Excellence in Teaching” award program. Each Section Winner will be presented a plaque at the IAVAT Conference held in June.

District Winner - From the twenty-five (25) Section Winners, five (5) individuals will be named as District Winners. The District Winners will be selected along with the section winners in late April. Additional requests will then be sent to administrators for a resume and additional letters of support for the nominee. District winners will be announced at the IAVAT Conference, and also during activities held in conjunction with Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair. (Typically the Tuesday of the fair)

State Winner - From the five (5) District Winners, one (1) individual will be named as the State Winner after interviews during IAVAT Conference in June. The State winner will be selected and awarded their State Winners plaque during IAVAT Conference and recognized once again during activities held in conjunction with Agriculture Day activities at the Illinois State Fair.


When are nominations due?

Nominations for the “Excellence in Teaching" award must be submitted on (or before) April 1st.


Selection Process

April 1st - Deadline for nominations

April 1st - Administrators are requested to complete a support form for each nominee (This support form will be sent to the individual initially submitting the nomination. It will be their responsibility to ensure the form is sent to the appropriate school administrator and submitted by the deadline)

April 15 - Support forms to be submitted by administrator.

April 27 - Section winners selected.

April 27 - District Winners selected 

May 1 - Request for resume and letters of support are sent to the District Winners’ administrator.

June 20 - State Winner selected

June 21 - All section, district, and state winners recognized at IAVAT Conference

August - State Winner recognized again during Ag Day at Illinois State Fair


Click here to begin the nomination process for the 2018 IAVAT "Excellence in Teaching" award!

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