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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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Erica Thieman
Illinois State Board of Education
Principal Consultant in Agricultural Education
100 North First Street, C-215
Springfield, IL 62777
(217) 524-4832
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Three Circle (FFA & SAE) Initial Application, CTEI/Perkins Guidance, ELIS Search Tip

Friday, October 13, 2017

  1. Three Circle (FFA & SAE) Grant Initial Application Available
  2. Grant (CTEI/Perkins) Guidance Related to Professional Development & CTSOs
  3. Helpful Tip:  Administrators Finding Teachers/Subs Using ELIS Tools


Three Circle (FFA & SAE) Grant Initial Application

The initial application for the new Three Circle (FFA & SAE) Grant has been released for eligible districts to submit who are interested in participating in the grant.  Districts interested in applying for this grant should submit the initial application by November 17, 2017 so allocations can be determined and the budget application can be released in a timely manner.  Grant information can be found under the Three Circle Grant pull-down menu.  The recorded webinar as well as the initial application can be found at preceding link.  There is also a worksheet including examples district can use with assistance from your FCAE Program Advisor as necessary.  For program questions regarding this grant, please contact Harley Hepner  at 217-524-4832.


Grant (CTEI/Perkins) Guidance Related to Professional Development & CTSOs

There have been a number of questions recently relating to the CTEI/Perkins grants paying for teachers attending professional development during a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) activity (usually as part of an out of state request).  While ISBE supports our CTSOs, the Perkins/CTEI grant funds cannot be spent on CTSO related expenses.  Incidentally, there is a separate grant that supports the operation of CTSOs in Illinois so they are supported with funds in that manner.  However, the grant (Perkins/CTEI) does support professional development for teachers which often occurs during these CTSO events.  Therefore, ISBE has provided this designed to provide a consistent message for guidance to EFEs to use in these types of situations when there are grant funds available for these types of activities.  The portion of this teacher professional development related to classroom instruction (in the related content area) during this type of activity can be covered.  The expense covered would be pro-rated based on the percentage of time the professional development occurs during an 8 hour day.  This can simply be done by documenting the applicable time from the agenda of the activity.

For example, if the activity was a two full day conference and the teacher participated in teacher professional development for 4 of the 16 hours, then 25% of the associated cost that would normally be covered for PD could be covered by the grant.  This would generally include, as applicable, registration, meals, lodging, and/or individual travel.  Costs should be documented and then prorated.

A district or teacher should contact their EFE System Director to determine if there are funds available for this type of activity and submit requests according to the guidelines in your EFE.  If funds are available in your EFE System, there will likely be data and reporting requirements you will be asked to complete.


Helpful Tip:  Administrators Finding Teachers/Subs Using ELIS Tools

As districts face challenges finding teachers for multiple disciplines, there is a tool to assist in finding teachers or substitutes that have various licenses.  Those with administrative access in ELIS have access to a tool that allows them to do a filtered search for teachers in their geographic area (or by other filters such as by license/content type).  To access this tool, administrators can login to ELIS, click on ‘Tools’ and click on ‘Find a Sub’.

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