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  Educators Needed to Develop Resources for New Ag Biology Course  
  Dean Dittmar  1/11/2023 6:58:00 AM  

Teacher Consultants Needed to Develop Storylines for Agricultural Biology
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Innovative educators are being sought to join writing teams for the new Agricultural Biology course (ISBE ID: 18004A001). The course will use storylining to help students figure out phenomena and solve problems. 

Storylines will align with the Illinois Science Learning Standards/Next Generation Science Standards and the Illinois Science Assessment. Team members will collaboratively conceptualize, write, pilot, and revise storylines for a course titled Agricultural Biology approved by ISBE.

Energetic and forward-thinking educators will engage in a professional learning community to build capacities using storylining to explore biology in the context of agriculture over the three-year experience (2023-25).
-Year 1 will include professional development, collaboration, and writing.
-The writing process including piloting the course will continue in Year 2.
-Expansion of implementation with students and continued revision of resources will occur in Year 3. 

This initiative is a joint project of the IAVAT (Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers) and ISTA (Illinois Science Teaching Association) and is supported by both private and public funds.  Funding through the new FCAE-Curriculum Resource Management (CRM) grant of the Ag Ed Line Item in the ISBE budget and private donors has been secured to support this project and team members will be compensated.

Application Timeline:

  • January 9     Application Opens
  • January 25   Webinar for Writing Team Interested Applicants (Optional)
  • February 1   Application Deadline
  • February 5   Writing Teams Shared

Team Member Expectations

Apply Here

Topic: Agriculture Biology Applicant Webinar
Time: Jan 25, 2023 03:30 PM Central Time
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 879 8566 3689  Passcode: G66mwC

For more information, contact:
Jesse Faber, Agriculture Teacher & FCAE-CRM Grant Contact 
Pontiac Township High School and Pontiac FFA Alumni
Sch: 815 844 6113
Cell: 815 994 1699

Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
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