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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..

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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..

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District V Message--Dean Dittmar--2/4/2007

Sunday, February 04, 2007

-Randolph County in Section 22 Rated as the 3rd Best Place to Live in Rural America
-Positve Response to CSAT and Ag Ed Library Training
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-According to the latest issue of The Progressive Farmer, Randolph County in Southwestern Illinois was recently rated as the 3rd best place to live in rural America.  View the story and photos at -  

There's certainly a lot to smile about when driving through this county in southwestern Illinois. Located about an hour south of St. Louis, Mo., its western border hugs the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Travel along the Great River Road (Illinois Route 3) and you'll see fertile river bottoms planted to corn, soybeans and wheat that abruptly stop below the towering limestone bluffs.   Agriculture has long been a driving economic force in the county, aided by superior river transportation on the Kaskaskia and Mississippi rivers.

-Positive response from district 5 agriculture teachers trained on two new educational curriculum tools - Custom Standards Assessment Tracker(CSAT) and Ag Ed Library E-units.  Teachers met by their section during the school day to learn how to use these educational tools as a part of their winter section ag. teachers meeting.   Four hours of CPDUs was provided through the IAVAT.  Teachers were impressed that CSAT provided ready access to nearly 2000 assessment questions that measure results against state standards.  Assessments delivered via a computer and reports for accountability.  Teachers were glad to see FREE access to 250 online electronic-units.  They called it an "electronic" textbook.  The following summary documented that teachers were impressed with these tools and they plan to utilize them in their classrooms.  They would like to see more assessment questions written and possibly a state test developed for Biological Science Applications in Agriculture.

Summary of Evaluations -

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This activity increased my knowledge and skills in my areas of certification, endorsement or teaching assignment.
The relevance of this activity to ISBE teaching standards was clear.
It was clear that the activity was presented by persons with education and experience in the subject matter.
The material was presented in an organized, easily understood manner.
This activity included discussion, critique, or application of what was presented, observed, learned, or demonstrated.

The best features of the activity were:
  • Useful!  Turn key ready!
  • Good job.
  • Brief but quality information, very usable.
  • Section meeting during day instead of giving up another night.
  • CSAT learning module.
  • Computer time.
  • CSAT system – excellent classroom info!
  • Interactive learning!
  • We got to do the activity step-by-step.  Hands on.
  • Jenny did a great job with her presentation.
  • Step by step process of using and implementing the materials.  The material presented in itself was good.
  • Once the entries are made you are done.
  • Ag Ed Library has much more information than I realized.
  • Helpful information for us and our students.
  • Had time to work on the computer.
  • Useful and current.
  • Hands-on.
  • Will be useful.
  • Hands on activities along with step by step instruction.
  • Liked the meeting facilities.  Enjoyed the C-SAT testing as well as E-Units.
  • C-SAT looks fabulous to use and useful.
  • The hands on activities.  It helps when you get to do what is being taught.
  • Hands-on activity.
  • Thanks for the reimbursement.  The C-SAT was very helpful.
  • New tests for students.
  • Hands on demonstration.
  • Good hands on activity.
  • Hands on use of new programs was really helpful.
  • The interactive computer time was very helpful.
  • Computer training.
  • CSAT was great.  E-units very informal.
  • Hands on.  Usable in my classroom.
  • The amount of info and resources is at your fingertips.
  • Good activity for next year.
  • Learning about the new technologies.
  • The computer training.
  • Ag Ed Library with state standards.
  • Having access to all of the programs on the computer.  Great activity.
  • CSAT.
  • I liked this presentation because it covered information that I will use in my career in the future.  I think CSAT is something that will be very beneficial to me as a teacher.
  • This activity on CSAT and the Ag Ed Library is one of the best workshops that I have ever been to.  It will help in the classes.
  • All good features.  Great programs I can use.
  • Examples will be very useful to present to the administration for presentation.  Ag Library was useful.
  • Hands on.
  • Useful material for the classroom.  Hands on activities were helpful.
  • The presentation of how to use the CSAT program.
  • Actually seeing how to do the items.
  • E-units, ISBE webpage for professional development.  CSAT units will be great in the classroom.
  • The whole thing because I did not know about a lot of it.
Suggestions for improvement include:
  • Meetings more often.  New teachers have a hard time with all of the information – there is so much!
  • Ag Mechanics curriculum added to the lists.
  • Deleting students.  Needed to sort students by class.  Can current test on network be cut & pasted into or do I have to retype 10 years of tests?
  • More downloaded tests available.
  • Better computers.
  • Continue to expand C-SAT and E-Library units.
  • Some parts took too long.
  • Very good.
  • More questions developed per lesson
  • Place on tools for each lesson plan in one spot - Lesson plan, powerpoint, assessment, e-unit, rubric all in one group.
  • Develop more paper/pencil assessments for each E-unit like the original CORE curriculum.  Worksheets with short answer, fill in the blank, and matching.
Other comments and reactions I wish to offer:
  • Great!  Thanks.
  • Good job!
  • The CSAT tracker is an excellent tool.
  • Good job!
  • Good!
  • Thank you to Kevin Rhodes and Dean Dittmar.
  • I would love to take this again.
  • I feel this was a very good presentation.
  • Very helpful and educational.
  • Need to offer this type of training more often.
  • It was great to be out for the whole day - training for 1/2 of the day and our section meeting for the other 1/2.  We weren't rushed. We didn't have another night out for training.

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