You are not logged in. Sign In | Forgot Password?
Logo | Illinois Agrivultural Education

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..
/Ag-Ed Advocacy/About-FCAE

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. .
FFA FFA Alumni IL FFA Foundation IAVAT IACCAI PAS IFB Youth Education IAITC FCAE ILCAE ICAE ISBE Illinois Department of Agriculture MyCAERT ITCS The AET

Listserv Messages

Casey Bolin
District 5 Program Advisor
Sections 21-25
1475 West Whittaker
Salem, IL 62881
Cell: (618) 780-0230
[email protected]
  Weekly Messages
Last 5 messages
all messages
Monthly Summary Report
Most Recent (7/31/2019)
All Reports

Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy App Due March 30

Monday, March 13, 2017

*sent to all ag teachers.

National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Program

DuPont Agriscience Institute
National Pre-Service Agriscience Teacher Program
Opportunities for Current Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors

The National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy (NATAA) has over 10 years of successfully cultivating agriscience and inquiry-based learning in agricultural education. The Academy serves to train agriculture teachers on how to enhance the science that is already present in agriculture, as well as develop students as problems solvers and thinkers through the inquiry-based teaching method.

2017 Applications are Now Open - Deadline March 30, 2017

Click here to apply.

If selected as a National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador, you will be required to attend a national training session. The session is tentatively scheduled to be held the week of July 17-22, 2017.

Goals for the National Agriscience Teacher Ambassador Academy include:

  • Provide teachers with educational resources and inquiry-based teaching skills to implement science-based activities in the classroom for environmental science, food science, sustainability and ag biological sciences.
  • Share lesson plans, laboratory exercises and teaching strategies in order to improve the resources available to teaching agriscience.
  • Train and influence the next generation and future employees who will advance agricultural sciences to the next level.

Following their training, the Academy's participants, National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors, facilitate workshops at the National FFA Convention and NAAE Convention, helping other agriscience teachers learn how to teach more effectively. Ambassadors also conduct workshops at their local, state, and regional conferences.

If you have questions about NATAA, contact Alissa Smith at 1-800-509-0204 or [email protected].

These teachers from Illinois have participated in the past:
Heather Belden, Marengo High School, Marengo, IL (2007)
Joshua Berg, Okawville High School, Okawville, IL (2013)
Christina Bissey, Lexington High School, Lexington, IL (2015) 
Lisa (Harbison) Bolsen, North Mac High School, Virden, IL (2010)
Andrea Briney, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago, IL (2013)
Michael Butler, Athens High School, Athens, IL (2013)
Sara Conner, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico High School, Prophetstown, IL (2014)
Wende Dallain, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (2014) 
Toni Gabriel, Somonauk High School, Somonauk, IL (2012)
Jennifer Hogan, Armstrong High School, Armstrong, IL (2010) (formerly of Alleman, IA)
Maggie Kendall, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago, IL (2015)
Jeff Maierhofer, Seneca High School, Seneca, IL (2014)
JaMonica Marion, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago, IL (2014)
Julie Reynolds, Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, Chicago, IL (2014) 
Jay Solomonson, Orion High School, Orion, IL (2012)

To be removed from this list, contact [email protected]