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About FCAE      
Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education(FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education in cooperation with and advisement by the Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education(ICAE) and Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education(ILCAE). FCAE addresses the aims of Public Act 84-1452 involving the implementation of identified goals for improving education in and about Agriculture in Illinois.

FCAE began operations with staffing on April 17, 1989, providing a professional staff of one coordinator and five regional program advisors that assist with agricultural program development services essential to the implementation of a comprehensive statewide plan for the improvement of agricultural education at all levels, pre-kindergarten through adult.
  • Provide on-site technical assistance and on-going remote assistance to 5-12 grade schools with agricultural education programs and teachers.
  • Develop curriculum, instructional resources, and associated resources for middle school, junior high, and high school agricultural teachers.
  • Facilitate, assist, and deliver professional development for 450+ pre-service and active teachers virtually and at the IAVAT conference, 212 and BUILD conferences, district workshops, and other events. 
  • Implement agricultural educator recruitment and retention initiatives including the ELITE conference, attendance at multiple career fairs, presentation of workshops, and other activities to reach potential future agricultural educators. 
  • Provide on-site technical assistance and remote assistance to county agricultural education literacy programs in developing a consumer education outreach strategy.
  • Network and engage with key agricultural and agricultural education entities and organizations to facilitate the coordination necessary to address the needs and challenges of agricultural education and to identify opportunities to advance agriculture and agricultural education.
  • Facilitate and deliver other initiatives and activities intended to meet the goals of ISBE and ensure that agricultural education continues to improve and expand in Illinois.

Local Program Support      
FCAE Staff are available to assist in every phase of developing and maintaining an agriculture program at the 5-12 grade school level. A yearly grant is available to every approved agricultural education program with an average allocation of approximately $4279 per school. Agriculture teachers use the funding made available from the grant to update instructional equipment and enhance the technology within the agricultural classroom.  Three Circle FFA and SAE grants are available to every agricultural teacher to assist with providing funding for extended contracts(time) beyond the regular school day.  Agriculture Education & FCAE provides VALUE to a school - interview with Dean Dittmar(2011)

On-site Technical Assistance      
Each year the high school agricultural education programs statewide are visited by a FCAE Program Advisor to assist agriculture teachers in improving and expanding agricultural education. FCAE Program Advisors can provide curriculum revitalization advice, marketing suggestions, program development planning, and professional development as a part of their yearly visit to each agriculture program.

Curriculum Resources      
Agriculture teachers have access to over 1200 lesson plans which are aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards. The Illinois Agricultural Core Curriculum is made available to Illinois agriculture teachers via MyCAERT.com. This curriculum is divided into the following cluster areas: AgriScience, Horticulture, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural Mechanics & Technology, Animal, Plant & Soil Science, Environmental Science, and Biological & Physical Science Applications in Agriculture.

Professional Development      
Professional development opportunities are available to agriculture teachers at several conferences throughout the year. Through partnerships between FCAE, the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT), and agricultural businesses, experts from all aspects of the agriculture industry provide educational workshops for teachers. Agriculture teachers remain up-to-date on the latest agricultural industry techniques as well as new curriculum resources that are available for classroom use. In-service activities are selected by the IAVAT Professional Development Committee with input provided from a survey completed by Illinois agriculture teachers.

FCAE Program Advisors are also available to conduct hands-on workshops utilizing the activities in the mAGic and AgriLearning Kits. County Ag In The Classroom coordinators provide teacher workshops and presentations to K-8 students. Both the FCAE Program Advisors and the AITC Coordinators assist non-agriculture teachers in incorporating agricultural instruction and activities into their classrooms.

   
 
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