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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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Professional Development at SIUC June 6-7 - RSVP Today

Thursday, May 16, 2013

*Sent to District 5 Ag Teachers

WHAT:  District 5 IAVAT Professional Development - held in conjunction with the SIUC Cooperatives Conference 

  Thursday, June 6 - 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Friday, June 7 - 9 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

WHERE:  Agricultural Sciences Building, SIU, Carbondale - Room 209

RSVP:  Reply to this email by May 24, 2013.  Specify:  Thursday, Friday, or Both Days.

COST:  No registration fee.  Your travel and hotel if staying overnight(Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Comfort Inn, Giant City Lodge or others in the area) are not included. 

WHAT DO YOU GET:  Lunch and Appetizers on Thursday plus approximatley $50 of resources from National FFA or ITCS.

Thursday, June 6, 2013  -
10:30 a.m. - Welcome/Introductions

10:40 a.m. - Results of Agricultural Education Student Recruitment Study(summary from 1 year ago breakout session) - Seb Pense & Jennifer Calvin

11:45 a.m. - Lunch 

12:30 p.m. 
-Ag Math Activities and Resources
-FFA Chapter Websites
-Ag Communications Activities
-Food Science Activities
-Allowing Consumer Education Credit for AgriBusiness Management
-7/8 grade AgSci Curriculum and Resources
-STEM SAE Initiative and Grant
-Improving Ag Ed Grant Applications for FY14
-Teaching Natural Resources & Environmental Science

2:30 p.m. - BREAK 

2:45 p.m. - FFA Week/Ag Day Idea Exchange - EVERYONE MUST bring something to share:  list of activities, flyers, email message to students/parents, etc. (30 copies)

If you do not have a FFA Week idea, then bring:  a favorite/unique teaching lab, lesson plan, fundraising idea, mechanics/agriscience lab project plan, annual report, etc.  (30 copies)

4 p.m. -  Viticulture Presentation/Wine Tasting/Appetizers/Social - Brad Taylor 

5 p.m. - Wrap-up and Evaluations

Friday, June 7, 2013
9 a.m. - Discussion with Mickey Latour, Dean - College of Agricultural Sciences, SIUC
-How is the College of AgSci?
-What are we doing well?
-What are we doing not so well?

-Sustainable Landscape Practices for Your High School - Karen Midden
-Dendrology, Tree ID, Forestry Activities - Jon Schoonover and Jim Zakzek

11:15 a.m. - Wrap-up and Evaluations

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