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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..

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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. .

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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. .

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Follow-up - District 5 IAVAT Professional Development at SIUC

Saturday, June 16, 2012

*Message sent to District 5 Ag Teachers.

The event was a great success!  These 26 agriculture teachers attended the day and one-half event in conjunction with the Cooperatives Student Youth Conference on June 7 and 8, 2012:

Name School
Eric Emmons Anna
Bob Frisch Cahokia
Michelle Buchheit Carbondale
Jamie VanDyke East Richland
Mark Steber East Richland
Rylan Rusk Edwards County
Bill Kittinger Eldorado
Curt Robbins Fairfield
Ashley Carey Grayville
CR Sloan Hamilton County
Larry Durham Joppa
Joe Schneider Lexington
Kim Portz Marissa
John Kabat Mt. Vernon
Brian Tripp Murphysboro
Ryan Kinzinger New Athens
Sarah Timmons North Boone
Josh Berg Okawville
Brian Bender Pinckneyville
Jenny Bergmann Pope County
Steven Clodfelter Red Hill
Gary Ochs Red Hill
Aaron Williams Sesser-Valier
Ann Ochs Shawnee
Dave Scott Wayne City
Daryl Kiselewski Webber - Bluford

Thank you to our presenters and hosts:
-Teachers bringing and sharing their SAE and Best Lessons
-Michelle Sullivan, Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention and 
  Placement, SIUC
-Dr. Sylvia Smith,  Assistant Professor in Food and Nutrition, SIUC
-Dr. Nicole Davis, Professor in Hospitality and Tourism, SIUC
-Haley Siergiej, Illinois representative, Nutrients for Life Foundation
-Dr. Seb Pense, Professor in Ag Education, SIUC
-Josh Berg, Ag Teacher, Okawville High School
-Dr. Jennifer Calvin, Professor in Workforce Education, SIUC

Topics Presented:
-Preparing Students for College
-Recruitment Strategies for Agriculture Teacher Education
-Nourishing the Planet in the 21st Century - Nutrients for Life Curriculum
-Ag Ed Degree/Certification Testing Update
-Using MyCAERT
-SAE Exchange of Ideas
-Food and Nutrition hands-on labs.
-Hospitality and Tourism Presentation and labs.

The best features of this activity were:

  • Presentations both days were excellent. SAE ideas and Food/tourism were the best.
  • Hands-on, myCAERT training, Food waste lab(2), tourism in Ag
  • Great resources in all workshops, new ideas for new areas not always considered ‘agriculture’.
  • Great hands-on activities(7)
  • Good hands-on activities, presentations were interesting.
  • Sharing ideas and receiving curriculum that is ready to use in the classroom.
  • There was a lot of hands-on activities.  Great networking.
  • Very well organized.  Dean is awesome.
  • Nutrients for Life(2), Food Science Lab
  • Tourism and hospitality opened ideas for the inclusion of curriculum.
  • New and interesting things to incorporate into curriculum.  I’d like to do these non-traditional areas in foods.
  • Loved the free stuff.(2)
  • Good activities.
  • Group discussion – Sharing of Ideas.

Teachers received up to 8 CPDUs.   Attached is the positive evaluation summary.

A special thank you to Dr. Todd Winters, Associate Dean, for allowing us to use the agricultural sciences building and Michelle Sullivan, Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention and Placement for assisting in organizing the event at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  Much appreciated!

Plans are to continue this partnership and professional development again next year at this time and location.

Thank you notes should be sent to:

Dr. Todd Winters - Associate Dean
College of Agricultural Sciences
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
1205 Lincoln Drive, MC 4416
Carbondale, IL  62901
Email: [email protected]

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Evaluation Summary - 2012.pdf