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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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Casey Bolin
District 5 Program Advisor
Sections 21-25
1475 West Whittaker
Salem, IL 62881
Cell: (618) 780-0230
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3 Circles FFA & SAE Grant Update

Thursday, July 26, 2018

*Sent to Ag Teachers, Principals, & Superintendents in southern most 28 counties(District 5).

The Three Circles FFA & SAE Grant is now entering its second year with funding appropriated for FY19.   View ISBE Consultant, Brian Houser's, July 16th email message for detailed instructions and guidance. 

School districts can still apply for FY19 grant funding by Friday, August 31st - FY19 Initial Application.  210 agriculture teachers have applied so far with a goal of 285 participants.  Our ISBE partner is working to have the FY19 IWAS application available soon where school districts can complete the budget and performance report which includes documentation of the previous year hours and grant payment to the ag teacher(s).    A performance report is not required for a first time applicant.   

These 148 schools participated in FY18 representing 160 ag teachers resulting in a 41% increase of ag teachers with a 12 month contract.   More information about the grant is below:

  • Grant goal is retain quality ag teachers by compensating them for their time and effort and to encourage ag teachers to devote extended time to students, schools, and communities.   
  • Initiate a meeting with ag teacher(s), administration, FFA Alumni, school board member, and agribusiness leaders to discuss the opportunity and 50% match.  Take the lead.
  • Grant will pay for 50% of an ag teachers extended contract(400 hours) from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.   The school district, FFA Alumni, agribusinesses, others would be required to fulfill  50% of the extended contract grant.  Existing extended contract and FFA stipend may already cover the 50% school match.
  • Example...Ag teacher 9 month salary is $40,000 with TRS and THIS included.  $40,0000 divided by 180 days = $222/day multiplied by 60 days = $13,320 is the total value to the ag teacher.  Yearly salary total = $53,320. Grant pays 50% = $6660. Click for an Excel file to calculate the grant.
  • The 400 hours of teacher's time beyond the school day is of value to students, school, and community.   All entities involved should discuss the make-up of the 400 hours which will allow for ownership instead of the ag teacher only making this decision.  A new school landscaping project, agribusiness connections, SAE employer and home visits, or a work place skills course or workshop over the summer can benefit the entire school and student body.  Think outside of the box with these 400 hours by the ag teacher.
  • The second primary goal of this grant is to recruit high school and college students to major in agricultural education to meet the demand of school districts.  100 students graduating yearly with a degree in agricultural education ready to teach is our goal.

I would be glad to stop by or have a conference call to help explain this awesome opportunity. (618) 604-1622.   Thank you.


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