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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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Erica Thieman
Illinois State Board of Education
Principal Consultant in Agricultural Education
100 North First Street, C-215
Springfield, IL 62777
(217) 524-4832
(217) 782-0710 fax
[email protected]
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Three Circles Budget Application Released in IWAS

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Superintendents and Principals

Summer greetings from ISBE!

I am very happy to share with you that after some technological issues that delayed my intended timeline, the FY20 Three Circles Grant IWAS budget application is now live and will need to be completed by July 31 for a July 1 start date.

To ensure quick approval of your FY20 application, please make sure the following list is addressed:

1.       You will be required to upload a completed copy of the Excel Spreadsheet that can be found on the Agricultural Education page at ISBE under the Three Circles tab (or click on the hyperlinked text to the left).

2.       CRITICAL STEP: Make sure the allocation in IWAS matches what your Grant Allocation line in the Excel Spreadsheet indicates. If it does not, please contact me via email to correct.

3.       Make sure to use the template provided on the second tab of the excel spreadsheet to fill out your Budget Detail in IWAS. This is the language that is required for approval, if it is not utilized, your application will be disapproved.

4.       There is no more performance report, you do not need any information from last year’s grant to fill out this year’s application.

5.       You will have until July 31 to submit the application to ISBE in order to receive a July 1 start date for the grant. Submissions after July 31, 2019 will have a start date on the day of approval of the application. This means that any hours logged by the teacher prior to that approval date after July 31 will not be allowed to count for the grant if you do not submit it before July 31.

6.       Note: There seemed to be some confusion last year on allowable uses of funds for this grant. This grant is to pay for the salary for extended contract/stipend afforded to agriculture teachers for activities related to the FFA/SAE/Instruction that is outside of the normal school day or year. This grant is NOT to be paid to substitute teachers while the ag teacher is out of the building. The only case this grant is allowable to pay a substitute is in the case of long term leaves (medical, administrative, etc.). These uses of funds must be documented with ISBE by sending me an email to provide information.

In closing out the FY 19 Three Circles Grants:

·         In the Grant Periodic Reporting portal in IWAS, the following needs to be completed

o   You will need to upload a PDF of the hours (totally at least 400) logged by the teacher that the district has approved. This is in the Reports section of AET.

o   You will also need to upload a PDF copy of the letter confirming the teacher has been paid, signed by all applicable parties. A template for this letter can be found on the ISBE Ag Ed website (or click on the hyperlinked text above). This template must be on District letterhead to be approved.

·         Complete your final expenditure report

o   I will not be approving FY20 applications for districts that do not have ALL FY18 and Quarters 1-3 FY19 periodic reports approved (found in the Grant Periodic Reporting portal in IWAS).

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