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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
(217) 782-0710 fax
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Three Circles Grant Update & Guidance

Monday, July 16, 2018

*Sent to all ag teachers & administrators.

The FY19 Agricultural Education Three Circles Grant budget applications are not available at this time. New guidance has been provided that will allow a July 1 start date if budget applications are submitted by August 31, 2018.

School districts are still encouraged to submit an initial application as soon as possible. Districts will receive a confirmation of the data submitted for the FY19 initial application step 1 (the intent form on the ISBE website) for the Three Circles Grant.

Superintendents, business managers, other administrators, and/or teachers should examine the data submitted for accuracy for their LEA as eligibility and allocations will be based on this information. Please review the submission and respond if there are any concerns with regard to the information or its accuracy. In order to be addressed in the current fiscal year’s allocation, any concerns must be reported by responding to this email no later than the end of the challenge period which is Friday, August 31, 2018. No response is considered an affirmation the information is accurate and correct. Before receiving funds, the district will need to complete step 2 (the Three Circles budget application in IWAS).

Please be aware of the following if applying for the FY19 grant:

  1. District will provide an accurate current year (9 mo.) base salary, and any applicable benefits, in the same manner as reported in the ISBE Employee Information System (EIS).
  2. Districts will share in the daily personal services cost of the extended time as applicable for the program type as calculated by ISBE and will at no time ask the instructor for reimbursement of the district or grant funds associated with this grant.
  3. A final report will be required if district submitted a grant last year.The following documentation will be required to upload:
  • AET or similar recordkeeping system documenting 400 hours.
  • School letterhead complete with Superintendent and teacher signatures verifying district match and grant payments (see attached template below).

Districts must maintain documentation of hours and proof of payments to teachers for audit purposes.

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