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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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Summer Ag Institutes for K-12 Teachers - Grad Credit thru SIU-Carbondale

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Ag Teachers - Please forward to your co-K-12 Teachers. Flyers and registration forms for both weeks are attached.

Two Summer Agriculture Institutues will be offered this summer through SIUC.  Great way for teachers to gain Ag In The Classroom information/resources and graduate credit.  Most county Farm Bureaus offer stipends for teachers to attend.  I would encourage everyone interested to inquire at their county Farm Bureau office.

--June 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 2011 at the St. Clair County Farm Bureau in Belleville    
--July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 2011 - Jackson & Williamson County Farm Bureaus in Murphysboro and Marion

The course is designed for Preschool – High School educators who wish to expand their curriculum to include topics related to agriculture-the world’s food and fiber system. The course focuses on how to integrate available resources and hands-on activities about agriculture and the environment into an existing classroom curriculum. 

Why Summer Agriculture Institute?
·         Educate consumers of tomorrow about issues about food and fiber
·         Examine careers in agriculture 

What can you expect at Summer Agriculture Institute?
·         Curriculum Materials from Ag in the Classroom
·         Hands-on Activities with AgriScience Kits integrating Academic Concepts
·         Question and Answer Session with Agriculture Commodity Groups
·         Field trips to Agribusinesses
Benefits of Completing Summer Agriculture Institute
·         3 Graduate credits for attending 5 full days
·         4 Graduate credits for attending 5 full days and completing an extra assignment
·         Agricultural Literacy and Ideas on how to integrate Agriculture into your classroom
Cost of Summer Agriculture Institute ($200 per graduate credit hour)
·         $600-3 graduate credit hours through Southern Illinois University Carbondale
·         $800-4 graduate credit hours through Southern Illinois University Carbondale
·          No tuition waivers can be used
·          Stipends may be available through the County Farm Bureau in the county in which your school is located
Upon completion, Pre K – 12th grade teachers will earn 3 graduate credits in the course PSAS 499. Teachers interested in enrolling in the course must contact Amy Boren for registration. 
 For more information, please contact:
Amy Boren
SIU – Carbondale
618 – 453 – 3701
or your County Ag In The Classroom Coordinator




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