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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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ILCAE Honors IAA Foundation and IL Farm Bureau, XLR8, and Quote of the Day

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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1. ILCAE Honors the IAA Foundation and the IL Farm Bureau
2. XLR8 2017
3. Quote of the Day

1. ILCAE Honors the IAA Foundation and the IL Farm Bureau on Agriculture Day at the Illinois State Fair

For the full news story visit this link.

IAA Foundation plans to launch a new grant program to address the statewide shortage of high school agriculture teachers.  The IAA Foundation’s and Illinois Farm Bureau’s work to enhance agriculture education was honored by the Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) on Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair.

ILCAE awarded the IAA Foundation and IFB with its Excellence in Agribusiness Award during Ag Day festivities Tuesday morning.  Susan Moore, director of the IAA Foundation, said she appreciated the recognition from ILCAE.  "I love my role at the foundation, taking the ideas and issues addressed by our members and putting them into action," she said.

Jess Smithers, state coordinator Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education, said the honor recognizes the long-time support of IAA Foundation and IFB for ag education and ag literacy. "The new grant will go a long way to support secondary ag education," Smithers said.

This fall, the IAA Foundation, IFB’s charitable arm, launches a new grant program to address the statewide shortage of high school agriculture teachers. The IAA Foundation is administering the new Illinois Agriculture Education Teacher Grant Program. “The support that the IAA Foundation has provided Illinois agricultural education has not gone unnoticed,” Doug Hanson, ILCAE chairman, said in a prepared statement.

The program is open to Illinois high school agriculture teachers in their first year of teaching. Eligible teachers are invited to apply. The IAA Foundation will award grants to the first group of recipients in September. Those recipients who meet eligibility requirements may reapply for each of their next four years of teaching. Those initial recipients may receive incremental increases up to a maximum of $10,000 in total.

The program began with an idea from the IFB Local and State Government Strength with Advisory Team (SWAT) to support new ag teachers. SWAT members studied the need for more ag teacher graduates and to retain new ag teachers. The IFB committed seed money to start the grant program, and the IAA Foundation is seeking additional funding partners.

2. Apply for XLR8 2017

Retaining quality, experienced teachers is important to the future of agricultural education. That's why we developed XLR8 — the eXcellence in Leadership for Retention professional development program — to meet the needs of mid-career agriculture teachers. 

The XLR8 program is for NAAE members who have been teaching between 7 and 15 years. Our goals for XLR8 participants are:

  • professional development specific to this stage of your career
  • leadership development with the goal of helping you mentor other teachers
  • an increase in your overall career longevity and satisfaction

Applications are due Friday, September 1. Click here for more information and to apply.

3. Quote of the Day

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team." - John Wooden

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