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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.. 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. .

EZ Records is a supervised agricultural experience (SAE) record-keeping system designed to keep SAE program records, FFA participation, leadership activities, skills learned, and enterprise efficiencies. .

Ag In The Classroom

High School Name County IAVAT Section #
District Name Number EFE System Name Number
Agricultural Education Teacher(s) Telephone Number
 A.   QUALIFIED TEACHER (22 X Maximum)
Minimum Standards:
0X  1.  The agricultural education teacher(s) is licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education and possesses a minimum of 2000 hours of program-related work experience in the industry of agriculture with appropriate documentation on file.
  a. Option 1:The teacher(s) has a Professional Educator License (PEL) with a content endorsement for high school agricultural education.Click for help
  b. Option 2:The teacher(s) has a Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) with an endorsement as a Career and Technical Educator or a Provisional Career and Technical Educator in high school agricultural education.Click for help
  2. The agricultural education teacher is an active member of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agricultural Teachers (IAVAT) and affiliated professional organizations with membership dues paid by October 31st.Click for help
3X     a. Option 1
Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT)
National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE)
Illinois Association for Career & Technical Education (IACTE)
1X     b. Option 2
Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE)
  3. The agricultural education teacher(s) is employed to maintain year-round instructional programs and supervise students at summer activities, conferences, and fairs. The contract extension is beyond the 185 day (9 month) legal school year. Click for help
0X     a. 9.0 month contract
1X     b. 9.5 month contract
2X     c. 10.0 month contract
2X     d. 10.5 month contract
3X     e. 11.0 month contract
3X     f. 12.0 month contract
1X     g. School employs two or more full time agricultural education teachers with at least two teachers employed in excess of 9 months.
  4. The agricultural education teacher(s) assumed a current year leadership role in one or more of the following: (2x maximum - 1x for each)Click for help
0X   a. IAVAT Board
      b. FFA Leadership Camp Staff
      c. FFA Board
      d. IAVAT Committee
      e. IAVAT Section Officer Click for help
      f. Hosted and/or organized an IAVAT/FFA CDE or Proficiency Awards Click for help
5. The agricultural education teacher(s) participated in professional and technical development activities addressing the needs of the teacher(s) including the following: (Check all that apply)Click for help
4X   a. Annual Agricultural Education (IAVAT) ConferenceClick for help
1X   b. District Summer Agricultural Education Teacher Workshops.Click for help
1X   c. Participated in an Agricultural Education in-service activity other than IAVAT, 212 conferences, or district summer workshops.
1X   d. 212 Conference - Teacher Inservice.Click for help
0X 6. The agricultural education teacher(s) has completed or is currently pursuing a master’s degree in agriculture/agricultural education or education. (Check all that apply – 2X maximum)Click for help
  a. Teacher is currently enrolled in a beginning agriculture teacher graduate course: Ag Ed 499. (2x)Click for help
  b. Teacher has received a master's degree in agriculture/agricultural education/education. (2x)Click for help
  c. Teacher is currently enrolled in an agriculture/agricultural education/education course. (1x)
0X 7. The agricultural education teacher(s) fosters the professional development of pre-service and beginning agriculture teachers. (Check all that apply - 3X maximum)Click for help
  a. Cooperating teacher for a student teacher. (3x)Click for help
  b. Mentor or Mentee. (1x)Click for help
  c. Host teacher for early field experience or pre-service observation. (1x)Click for help
Total X: Component A

 B.   STUDENT SERVICES (5 X Maximum)
Minimum Standards:
0X 1.   The agricultural teacher advises all agriculture students on a regular basis to help develop and meet individual career objectives. The teacher annually reviews the career information, scholarships, course offerings, and other pertinent information at with the school guidance counselors.
  Counselor name and date of meeting
0X 2. The school district makes provisions to accommodate all Special Need students who wish to enroll in the agriculture program. The agriculture teacher is directly involved in development and/or implementation of the Individualized Education Program(IEP) for students enrolled in the agricultural program. Click for help
1X 3. Graduate survey of students who completed one or more agriculture courses during high school was submitted online by September 15.Click for help
1X 4. A current personal file or portfolio is maintained within the agriculture department for each student enrolled in the program. The file includes career objectives, planned sequence of courses, proposed SAEs, FFA goals, and other pertinent plans.Click for help
1X 5. Three or more students participated in a departmental sponsored agricultural college visitation OR hosted an agricultural college speaker.Click for help
  Specify: University/College   Date
  Representative's Name
1X 6. Recruitment activities are conducted on an annual basis to attract students into the local agriculture program.
  Specify activity:
1X 7. Students within the agriculture department participated in activities designed to expose students to agricultural careers such as Farm Progress Show, Elite conference, College Open Houses, Women in Ag conference, etc. (Does not include State or National FFA Career Shows).
  Specify activity:
Total X: Component B

Minimum Standards:
0X    1.  The district offers a state-approved sequential program in agricultural education with a written course of study based on the Illinois Core Curriculum for Agricultural Education. The instructional program reflects a balance of classroom, laboratory, and supervised agricultural experiences with connections to industry based field experiences. Written lesson plans for all courses contain clearly stated goals, objectives, activities and experiences which relate to the district's School Improvement Plan.Click for help
0X 2. At least one course within the agricultural education program receives academic credit and the credit applies toward fulfilling high school graduation requirements in one or more of the following areas:(Check all that apply: 4X Maximum - 2X for each)Click for help
  a. Math d. Language Arts
  b. Science e. Consumer Education
  c. Social Science  
0X 3. A minimum of one Group 2 Skill Course is taught in the current year in the following agricultural career pathways (a-e) (2X Maximum - 1X for each)Click for help
  a. Agricultural Science d. Horticulture
  b. Agricultural Business and Management e. Natural Resources and Conservation Management
  c. Agricultural Mechanics and Technology  
2X 4. A licensed agriculture education teacher(s) taught an ISBE approved 7th and/or 8th grade agriculture course(s) and FFA leadership instruction is an integral component of all course(s).Click for help
1X 5. The instructional program is articulated with respective post-secondary agricultural programs and it is documented through a written program-specific articulation agreement.Click for help
1X 6. At least one dual-credit agriculture course is taught in the current year. The students receives credit for that specific course at both the secondary and post-secondary level with a written agreement on file.Click for help
  Course Name:
0-3X 7. Educational technologies are integrated into the agricultural classroom instruction. The following educational technologies are utilized in the classroom: (Check all that apply: 3X Maximum - 1X for each)
1X   a. Up-to-date agriculture department/FFA chapter websiteClick for help
1X   b. iPads or comparable tablets
1X   c. Interactive classroom website such as a blog, wiki, edmodo, or edline
1X   d. Mobile devices such as clicker or smartphones
1X   e. Interactive whiteboards
1X   f. Department created podcasts or other streaming media
1X   g. Other new technologies (not including LCD Projectors)
3X 8. The agricultural teacher(s) submitted a written Annual Department Report to appropriate local, regional, district and state officials within the current school year ending June 30. An oral presentation of the report and/or the written report is presented at a local board of education meeting.Click for help
0X 9. The school participated in Career Development Events(CDE) above the chapter level. (Check all that apply: Max 8X - 1X for each)Click for help
  a. Ag Business Management m. Job Interview
  b. Ag Issues n. Land Use
  c. Ag Sales o. Nursery Landscape
  d. Agronomy p. Livestock Judging
  e. Dairy Judging q. Meat Science
  f. Milk Products r. Ag Mechanics
  g. Envirothon s. Parliamentary Procedure
  h. Floriculture t. Poultry
  i. Food Science u. Public Speaking
  j. Forestry v. Quiz Bowl
  k. Horse Judging w. Ag Communications
  l. Horticulture x. Veterinary Science
  10. - the teacher uses the online instructional resources such as E-units, PowerPoints, lesson plans, and assessments (such as CSAT) to support classroom instruction. (2X Maximum)Click for help
1X a. Use and access by teacher only
2X b. Use and access by students and teacher.
Total X: Component C

  (16 X Maximum)
Minimum Standards:
0X 1. Instruction on conducting SAEs and maintaining records is an integral component of instruction for all students as verified in written lesson plans for all courses.Click for help
  a. Incorporated into the related course grade.
  b. Awarded as a separate SAE course for credit (i.e. .25, .5, or 1 unit of credit) with a grade given which shows on the report card.
  c. Both a & b.
3X 2. ALL students have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project. The experiences are documented with accurate and up-to-date records and are evaluated on a regular basis.Click for help
2X 3. Ten or more students used the online EZ Records recordbook system for their supervised agricultural experience program. Click for help
2X 4. One or more students have an AgriScience SAE and participated in an AgriScience or Science Fair above the chapter level.Click for help
2X 5. The agriculture teacher conducts or supervises observations of agricultural student SAEs with written documentation of the visit on file. The visit must be conducted at the students’ place of employment, residence, or location of project.Click for help
    6. Proficiency Award participation above the chapter level: (up to 4X; check a or b; check c and d) Click for help
1X   a. 1-5 students participated at the section level.
2X   b. 6+ students participated at the section level.
1X 7. Three(3) or more students exhibited SAEPs at the Section Agricultural Education Fair sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, sanctioned by ISBE and coordinated by IAVAT. The agriculture education teacher supervised the students as well as cooperated in conducting the activities of the fair. Click for help
2X 8. One or more students earned their State FFA Degree
2X 9. One or more students earned their American FFA Degree
Total X: Component D

Minimum Standards:
    0X    1.   The FFA leadership component is incorporated into the curriculum through an annual written Program of Activities (POA). A preliminary POA has been submitted to the Illinois FFA Center by November 30.Click for help
    0X    2.   The advisor(s) of the FFA Chapter is currently employed as an agriculture teacher by the district and the FFA Chapter has submitted an online roster, certification form, and membership dues by the deadline of November 1stClick for help
4X 3. FFA Members are involved in the planning and implementation of a Program of Activities. A written completed POA is on file in the department and Form I and II of the National Chapter Award Program have been sent to the Illinois FFA Center emailed to Mindy Bunselmeyer by midnight on April 15 for state competition. Credit will be granted to applications receiving the bronze emblem award (or higher) for each category of Form II.Click for help
1X 4. Leadership development instruction is provided to all students in all agricultural courses through planned FFA activities which are integral to all courses. Each student participated in at least three FFA leadership activities at or above the chapter level such as but not limited to chapter meetings, committee meetings, CDE's, leadership conferences.Click for help
1X 5. The FFA Chapter constitution and/or bylaws are up-to-date and reviewed annually with a written copy on file .Click for help
1X 6. The FFA Chapter conducts and can document twelve regularly scheduled chapter meetings per year.Click for help
    7. The FFA Chapter actively participates in the annual FFA convention: (Check all that apply)Click for help
3X   a. State FFA ConventionClick for help
2X   b. National FFA Convention
2X 8. The agricultural program is supported by an active FFA Alumni affiliate. The Alumni affiliate must be in good standing by May 1st.Click for help
1X 9. The FFA Chapter plans and conducts an annual member recognition banquet/program.Click for help
1-4X 10. One or more FFA members represented the local chapter in the following state and/or national FFA leadership activities: (Check all that apply - 1X per activity - 2X maximum) Click for help
  a. 212 or 360 ConferenceClick for help d. Washington Leadership Conference
  b. FFA Leadership Camp e. Ag Legislative DayClick for help
  c. Farm Bureau Youth Conference f. STAR ConferenceClick for help
    11. The FFA Chapter has identified a local chapter representative to the Illinois Foundation FFA and promoted community contributions to the annual foundation campaign for state sponsored leadership activities. The level of support was: Click for help
1X   a. $750 - $1099
2X   b. $1100 - $1499
3X   c. $1500+
  Specify the local chapter representative:
1-2X 12. The FFA chapter completed Illinois Farm Bureau's Youth Education in Agriculture applications by the due date. (1X Each - Max 2x)Click for help
      a. Cooperative Activities Program Participant (Form I and II)Click for help
      b. Heritage Program Participant (Form I and II)Click for help
2X 13. The FFA Chapter received the Century Challenge Award for 100% FFA membership.Click for help
1X 14. The Chapter includes active FFA Discovery (7th - 8th grade) members and a copy of the 7th and/or 8th grade agriculture course outline(s) has been submitted to and approved by ISBE as required by FFA policy.
1X 15. An administrator, counselor or board member from the school attended the State FFA Convention or the National FFA Convention during the school year.
  Specify Name of Individual Attending:
Total X: Component E

Minimum Standards:
0X     1. The school district provides adequate classroom and laboratory space which is maintained in a safe, orderly and attractive condition. Appropriate equipment and adequate storage space are available for the courses offered. Click for help
0-5X 2. School facilities designated specifically for agricultural education include the following: (Check all that apply. 5X Max)Click for help
  a. Plant (land/crop)Click for help g. LandscapeClick for help
  b. Animal (large)Click for help h. AgriscienceClick for help
  c. MechanicsClick for help i. Computers/Tablets (at least 10)Click for help
  d. GreenhouseClick for help j. Plant NurseryClick for help
  e. AquacultureClick for help k. GardenClick for help
  f. Animal (small)Click for help l. Other  Specify: 
1X 3. A current written inventory of department tools, equipment and other pertinent material is on file in the Department. It includes modern tools and equipment comparable to those used in the agricultural industry and based on the largest number of students using the facilities. The inventory specifically identifies items purchased with agricultural education incentive funds.Click for help
1X 4. A departmental budget is prepared by the agricultural teacher(s) and is submitted to administration for approval. The budget request identifies needs for equipment, facilities, supplies, travel, and other program necessities.Click for help
1X 5. The agricultural education department successfully obtained external grant resources exceeding $500. DOES NOT include Incentive Funding Grant, Perkins or CTEI grant funding.Click for help
  Specify Grant Source(s) Total Value
Total X: Component FMust meet minimum standards to compute other scores.

Minimum Standards:
0X 1. An officially approved agricultural advisory council, whose membership is representative of the agricultural industry within the community, met at least one time during the school year to provide program advisement to the district. Council membership lists and minutes are on file in the agriculture department.Click for help
2X 2. The agricultural advisory council met two or more times per year and the meeting minutes are kept on file in the agriculture department.
    3. The advisory council conducted a review and/or considered recommendations from the teacher(s) or administration as documented in published minutes including, but not limited to the following: (Check all that apply - 5X Max)
1X   Curriculum improvement/expansion (Specify):
1X   Teacher professional development (Specify):
1X   Facilities, equipment and supplies (Specify):
1X   Student SAEs and FFA Chapter Program of Activities (Specify):
1X   Adult agricultural education (Specify):
1X   Agricultural awareness (literacy) pre-K/adult (Specify):
1X   Review the completed Incentive Funding Grant application (Specify):
1X 4. An administrator and/or school board member attended at least one advisory council meeting.
Total X: Component G

  (6 X Maximum)
Minimum Standards:
0X    1.  The agricultural education teacher(s) assists in the coordination of agricultural awareness/literacy activities, PreK-adult.Click for help
1-5X 2. Activities were conducted by the agricultural education department to enhance student awareness and career exploration about agriculture. (Max 5X)Click for help
      a. Agricultural Career Fair
      b. Job Shadowing Experiences
      c. FFA Week Activities
      d. Demonstrated AgriScience/mAGic Kit Activities
      e. Ag Day/Week or Ag Expo Activities    Specify:
      f. Food for America Activities
      g. Partners in Active Learning Support (PALS) Activities
      h. Teaching Agricultural Safety to Kids (TASK) Activities or Farm Safety for Just Kids Activities
  1X 3. The agriculture teacher(s) coordinated and/or taught a workshop or classes in and/or about agriculture which were specifically designed for adults in your community.
  Specify class titles:
Total # of participants:
Total X: Component H

A. Qualified Teachers 22 X 0
B. Student Services 5 X 0
C. Instructional Programs 26 X 0
D. SAEP 16 X 0
E. FFA 26 X 0
F. Facilities, Equipment, and Supplies 8 X 0
G. Agricultural Advisory Council 8 X 0
H. K-Adult Agricultural Education Awareness Programs 6 X 0
Totals 117 X Maximum 0

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