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  Dean Dittmar  4/3/2020 11:40:00 AM  

(sent to ILCAE/ICAE members and advisory members to these groups)

-Due to COVID-19, as of Monday, March 16, 2020, FCAE staff have been working from their homes.   They may be entering their offices as the owner of the office allows for needed supplies and resources.  

-Any virtual professional learning for teachers and school staff will adhere to ISBE’s Remote Learning Recommendations.  

-State Ag Ed Staff conference calls are scheduled every Tuesday from 10 am - Noon, and FCAE staff conference calls as needed throughout the week.

-A summary of tasks has been developed that everyone can do at their home without traveling.  Major activities are:
  • Identifying and updating an E-Learning summary page of resources on
  • Assisting agriculture teachers with remote learning resources and techniques.
  • Continuing to connect with ag teachers, AITC coordinators, and stakeholders in offering assistance on many topics and concerns.
  • Updating and entering school, teacher, and student data in our online database for junior highs, high schools, and colleges.
  • Developing course outlines for new agriculture courses per the proposed new AFNR matrix.
  • Identifying content experts to assist in reviewing the lesson plans and resources for our Core Curriculum Agribusiness Library.
  • Providing social media updates to our Illinois Agricultural Education (FCAE) Facebook page
  • Conducting an Ag Career Corner, 2 pm weekdays on the Illinois Association FFA Facebook page.
  • Planning and presenting virtual learning opportunities.
-To date, the FCAE project has received $680,000 of the $1,080,000 for FY20.   FCAE staff are not traveling.  Staff salary, benefits, and cell phone bills are the only expenditures at this time.

-Future meetings for your calendar for now.
-ICAE - Thursday, June 4, 2020 
-ILCAE - Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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