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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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District V Message--Dean Dittmar--11/11/2005

Friday, November 11, 2005

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-Evaluation Summary of National FFA Attendance Grants
-Recruiting Students to Major in Agricultural Education
-Summary of Professional Development Plans

National FFA Convention Attendance Grants Are A Success…overall experience is a 1.4 on a scale of 1 to 5.
117 individuals attended the 78th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, on Wednesday, October 26th.  These schools/organizations were represented by administrators, school board members, students, parents, FFA Alumni, and supporters of agricultural education:  Oswego-East, Genoa-Kingston, Herscher, North Boone, West Carroll, Dakota, Stillman Valley, Freeport, Morton West, Dixon, Newark, Bushnell-Prairie City, Abingdon, Rockridge, Cambridge, Rushville-Industry, Canton, Sangamon Valley, Shiloh, Lincolnwood, Pana, Carlinville, Belleville West, Cairo, Lebanon, Litchfield, Waterloo, Massac County, Joppa, Hamilton County, Freeburg, Carlyle, Greenville, Cahokia, SIUC, Joliet Jr. College, Southwestern Ill. College, ICAE, FarmWeek, ISBE, PAQ Interactive, EFE System, and FFA Section Presidents,
An evaluation summary showed the following rating of their attendance:
1 – Great     2 – Good    3 – OK    4 – Could have been better   5 - Bad
                                                                             Average Rating
-Organization/Preparation prior to the trip                       1.3
-Bus Ride to Louisville                                                  1.9
-Presentation/Information provided on the bus                 1.6
-Noon Luncheon at the Hilton Hotel                                2.5
-Career Show                                                               1.9
-Opening Session of the Convention                               1.4
-Bus ride back to Illinois                                                2.0
-Evening meal                                                               2.5
-Overall experience                                                        1.4
Of those completing the survey…
-80 responded that they would like to attend next year in Indianapolis.  5 stated that they would not attend.
-73 responded that their perception of ag. ed. and the FFA changed positively.  5 stated that their perception was already positive.
-86 recommended this trip for others.  0 stated that it was not recommended.
-Best experience comments were:  the career show, listening to the National FFA Officers, the opening session laser show, just seeing the excitement of the students, and hearing how intelligent and professional the young people are.  The FFA makes me very proud.
-Worst experience comments were:  being rushed, length of the bus ride, leaving so soon, not enough time for the career show, not as many exhibits talking about careers at the career show, and the luncheon food.
-62 responded that a 2-day trip would be better.  13 responded that they would not attend a 2-day trip.
A special thanks goes to Mike Massie, Bill Johnson, and Kurt and Jane Range for serving as hosts on the bus ride back to Illinois.  FCAE field advisors, Andrew Thoron, Jess Smithers, and Dean Dittmar, rode out on the bus presenting about the benefits of agricultural education and FFA along the way.  Plans are to make these attendance grants available again in 2006. 
Kay Shipman, news editor for FarmWeek, also attended and prepared a very good news article.  Some quotes from those attending were, “I think it’s(ag ed and FFA) something that you could bring to everyone at our school.”  It’s unbelievable all the colleges looking at them(FFA members) and all the activities you could do.  I didn’t realize it was so big.”  “People who want to can make a difference.  These(ag) students have a purpose.  FFA gives kids a direction.  This is a far-reaching organization that can carry on for the rest of their lives.”
Recruiting Students to Major in Agricultural Education…
To attract the best and brightest into a career as a high school agricultural education teacher, FCAE has been over the years asking teachers to identify any students that are interested or partially interested in becoming an agriculture teacher.  After teachers have sent student names, we have sent them a personal letter identifying the benefits of ag. ed. and university degree information.  If you have not sent in any student names yet, please print off the attached form and pass around in your ag. classes asking students to sign if they are interested.  Send this form to your respective field advisor.
Summary of Professional Development Plans…
Thank you for identifying your professional development for the year and your needs for the future.  To view this summary, click on this link 
or follow these clicks:
-IFGA on the left side
-view the publicly available reports at the bottom
-red button on the right named – PDP Summary Report

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