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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--1/21/2006

Saturday, January 21, 2006

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-CTE Essay Contest
-Biotechnology Opportunities and Conference


ALEXANDRIA , VA – For the third straight year, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is sponsoring an essay contest in the memory of former ACTE Senior Director of Communications, Cliff Weiss (1951 -2004). Cliff Weiss had a passion for career and technical education, which he showcased through his writing. The purpose of this contest is to recognize career and technical education (CTE) students who share the same passion and talents. A secondary and postsecondary CTE student will each receive an award of $250 in addition to having their essay published in ACTE’s Techniques Magazine.

This year, students will be asked to respond to the following question, “ How has CTE helped me give back to the community?” The essay should be no less than 500 words in length for postsecondary and no more than 500 words in length for secondary students. All entrants must be enrolled in at least one CTE course. There is a new deadline this year. All essays must be received at ACTE Headquarters by Friday, March 31, 2006 in order to be considered. Submissions may be sent to: The Cliff Weiss Memorial Essay Contest, ACTE, 1410 King Street , Alexandria , VA 22314 .

For complete contest details please visit ACTE’s Web site at or contact Megan Reiter at 703-683-9312 or by email at [email protected] . All entries become the property of ACTE and will not be returned. ACTE will notify the winning entries only.

The Association for Career and Technical Education is the national professional association for the field of career and technical education. Now in it’s 80 th year, ACTE’s membership numbers more than 30,000 teachers, counselors and administrators at the middle school, high school and postsecondary levels.

Biotechnology Opportunities and Conference....
1. Consider your participation in this international biotechnology opportunity, below.
2. Leaders in the Illinois Biotech community are interested in organizing a Biotechnology Education Initiative.
3. Looking for Illinois biotechnology success stories for the international/national committee to use in their publicity—see announcement below

A special invitation to publicize your successes, possible complementary registration and travel expenses to attend the BIO conference in Chicago in April has been presented to us.

The Biotechnology Institute would like to know about outstanding grassroots biotechnology education initiatives or projects.  The Institute would like to highlight Illinois teachers’ success stories when it hosts its Annual Education Conference in Chicago , April 6-9. The Institute is particularly interested in projects that are a collaborative effort between the biotechnology industry and the education community and would be appealing to the news media.

The Biotechnology Institute's Education Conference coincides with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Annual International Convention, being held April 9-12. The Institute's education conference offers teachers and students professional development opportunities such as workshops and competitions. The Biotechnology Institute is the national biotechnology education organization with a focus on active support for teachers and students to pursue studies, training, and careers in biotechnology in the pre-college through graduate years.

Highlight your outstanding biotech education project by sending a 50-word summary to Gwen Pollock ([email protected] ) by January 25. By submitting your 'story', you will eligible for participation in the institute itself and some other very important opportunities. All stories will be considered--they're probably all outstanding. For more information about the Biotechnology Institute, visit .

Education Conference to Kick Off Week of Biotechnology Activities in Chicago
Contact Jeff Ghannam
[email protected]

Arlington , Va. (January 20, 2006) - Teachers and students from around the nation will meet in Chicago April 6-9 for the 2006 Biotechnology Institute Education Conference. The Biotechnology Institute, the national biotechnology education organization, conducts this annual meeting to provide educators with the materials and skills they need to incorporate biotechnology into classrooms while informing young people about this dynamic field.

The Biotechnology Institute Education Conference precedes the Biotechnology Industry Organization's (BIO) Annual International Convention, which takes place April 9-12, also in Chicago .

Biotechnology is a subject increasingly in demand in middle and high school classrooms, community colleges and four-year universities. The need for an educated public and skilled biotechnology workforce will continue to increase: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the industry will employ nearly 815,000 workers by 2007.

The meeting will address timely subjects important to biotechnology education, including bioethics, workforce development and diversity, combined with student and teacher competitions and awards, professional development, mentoring and career sessions. The conference is comprised of the following five programs:

National Biotechnology Teacher-Leader Program: Teachers from around the world will participate in the Institute's premier teacher training program. The four-day program includes hands-on sessions linked to education and skills standards, teaching strategies and the opportunity to experience biotechnology first-hand through speakers, panels and tours of local companies.

Minority and Indigenous Fellows Program: The yearlong Minority and Indigenous Fellows Program introduces participants to biotechnology and opportunities in the industry. The program pairs undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students and faculty from underserved populations at colleges and universities with industry Mentors. During the conference, Mentors and Fellows attend sessions on new and emerging technologies, mentoring, scientific content updates, and tours of local industry and research facilities.

Sanofi-aventis International BioGENEius Challenge: The prestigious international BioGENEius Challenge is an annual competition for high school students who demonstrate an understanding of biotechnology through research projects. Winning teams from regional competitions in the
U.S. and Canada are invited to the BIO 2006 convention where a panel of industry and community leaders judges their projects and awards cash prizes totaling more than $15,000.

Genzyme-Invitrogen Biotech Educator Award: The award recognizes exemplary biotechnology teaching at the high school level. The top three winners receive cash awards of $10,000, $5,000 and $2,500 respectively and are chosen by a panel of judges from industry, academia and research.

BioDreaming Poster Competition: The competition for K-12 students encourages young people to express through art, the promise that biotechnology holds for the future. Winning posters from each age group are displayed at the Institute's exhibit booth at BIO 2006, on its Web site and in its magazine, Your World: Biotechnology & You.

About the Biotechnology Institute
The Biotechnology Institute was founded in 1998 as an independent, national nonprofit organization dedicated to education about the present and future impact of biotechnology. Its mission is to engage, excite and educate the public, particularly students and teachers, about biotechnology and its immense potential for solving human health, food and environmental problems. For more information, visit

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