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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--2/13/2006

Monday, February 13, 2006

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-Eye Protection Requirements 
-Environmental Education Grants
-Online Natural Resources Course

Eye Protection in the Agriculture Department.  I had a teacher ask the written requirement for eye protection.  Ron Reische researched and I sent to the teacher, but thought it was good for everyone to know.  The below reference is from the Illinois Statutes:
SCHOOLS (105 ILCS 115/) Eye Protection in School Act.
    (105 ILCS 115/0.01) (from Ch. 122, par. 698.10)
    Sec. 0.01. Short title. This Act may be cited as the Eye Protection in School Act.
(Source: P.A. 86‑1324.)
   (105 ILCS 115/1) (from Ch. 122, par. 698.11)
    Sec. 1. Every student, teacher and visitor is required to wear an industrial quality eye protective device when participating in or observing any of the following courses in schools, colleges and universities:
        (a) vocational or industrial arts shops or
laboratories involving experience with the following: hot molten metals; milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting, grinding or stamping of any solid materials; heat treatment, tempering or kiln firing of any metal or other materials; gas or electric arc welding; repair or servicing of any vehicle; caustic or explosive materials;
        (b) chemical or combined chemical‑physical
laboratories involving caustic or explosive chemicals or hot liquids or solids.
    Such devices may be furnished for all students and teachers, and shall be furnished for all visitors to such classrooms and laboratories.
    The State Board of Education shall establish nationally accepted standards for such devices.
(Source: P.A. 88‑9.)
There is also some reference to safety glasses for shops and laboratories in the Health/Life Safety handbook that can be found at .  

Also, most school insurance companies require safety glasses in certain labs, mechanics areas, etc.  It would be advisable to check with your superintendent as to your school insurance policy.
Nature of Learning Start-Up Grants Available for Environmental Education Programs
Deadline: April 17, 2006
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ( ), incooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National WildlifeRefuge System ( ) and other program partners, invites applications from organizations interested ininitiating the Nature of Learning Program in their communities.
The Nature of Learning, a community-based environmental education initiative, seeks to use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote a greater understanding of local conservation issues; encourage an interdisciplinary approach to learning that seeks to enhance student academic achievement; utilize field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons to real world issues; and involve a partnership among local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals, and local businesses.
Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded on a competitive basis to support start-up expenses associated with new programs. In addition,grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to provide continued support to existing Nature of Learning Programs.
Schools or nonprofit organizations, including "Friends" groups, Cooperative and Interpretive Associations, Audubon Chapters, areeligible to apply for funding. Programs must involve a partnership amonga local school(s), community group (e.g., Refuge Support Group), and National Wildlife Refuge.
Programs must be designed to meet all the key elements of the Nature of Learning framework (i.e., partnerships, integrated learning, professional development) over time. Moreover, programs must promote an understanding of local conservation issues, improve scientific literacy, and conform to appropriate academic standards of learning.
Programs are expected to include an outdoor classroom experience for students and teachers at a National Wildlife Refuge and must also include a community stewardship project.
Visit the NFWF Web site, for complete program information and application procedures.
RFP Link:
For additional RFPs in Environment, visit:
Valerie Keener
Division of Education
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
FAX 217-782-9552
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the University of Illinois at Springfield are partnering to present a graduate-level online course for Summer Semester 2006. EDL 560 "Introduction to Illinois' Natural Resources for Teachers" is available for four
hours of graduate-level credit. 

This course will include the examination, research and practical application of Illinois natural resources information with the goals of understanding location,
composition, utilization, conservation and issues.  
NEW! This online course can now be taken for professional development credit instead of graduate credit. It is worth 60 Continuing Professional Development Units. You receive the same information as the graduate-level course at a much-reduced price.
For more information about both of these options, visit the Internet site at  or contact Kim Kubatzke (217-206-7516; [email protected]) at the University of Illinois at Springfield. 
Valerie Keener
Division of Education
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
One Natural Resources Way
Springfield, IL 62702-1271
FAX 217-782-9552

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