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  Megan Coy  3/3/2020 3:17:00 PM  

Illinois Ag Ed CDE Information

Good afternoon Illinois Ag Teachers & Friends!  We all know that agriculture education is a career area were we need more people.  In order for the agriculture, food and natural resource sectors to find employees, we need agriculture educators sparking the interest of students to look at all the career possibilities.  General Information:

  • Each chapter can submit one entry 
  • Participants must wear official dress
  • Contest will be broken into two parts, Preliminaries (Lesson Plan) and Finals (Demonstration & Judge’s Questions) 
  • Lesson plan/materials (powerpoint, handouts, Prezi, etc.) should be submitted via email to by 11:59pm on April 10th.  All teachers and students will receive a confirmation email from me upon receiving the materials (Students are not registered for the contest unless you receive this email).
  • The top ten participants (based on lesson plan scores) will be invited to compete in the finals on the Tuesday morning of State FFA Convention.  Participants will be notified by May 1st, 2020 as to whether or not they placed in the top 10.

Click here to see the full set of rules and rubrics that will be used and here for an example lesson plan.  A copy of the blank lesson plan template, that must be used, is attached below.

Please email with any questions or if you would like any further information!

Prepping Students for the Ag Ed CDE

Ideas for preparing students for the Illinois Agriculture Education CDE or encouraging students to look into Ag Ed:

  • Have students choose an area of agriculture that they are interested in (make sure it would work in Intro to Ag- almost everything does!)
  • Show students websites/resources like NAAE Communities of Practice, share MYCAERT resources, look at CASE activities or check out Illinois Ag in the Classroom for ideas to make the lesson come to life
  • Have them look at the example lesson plan and give them access to the template (attached to this email)
  • Have students present their lesson in their Ag class, your Introduction to Agriculture Class or to any group of students.  It's great practice for them, a good experience for your other students and will give them an appreciation for what you do every day!
  • This is a great activity for an entire class or for individuals.

Megan Coy
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-493-8791 Cell: 217-493-8791
Address: 801 N. Country Fair Drive Suite C, Champaign, IL 61821
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