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Committee Structure      
IAVAT members have the opportunity to serve on one of thirteen state committees, determined at section and district meetings during the annual IAVAT conference.  Policies for committee membership are as follows:
  • Each committee will meet a minimum of three times through the year.  This includes one meeting at June IAVAT Conference, plus two additional meetings through the school year.  Meetings may be in person or teleconference.
  • Each committee member must attend at least two meetings, verified by attendance lists sent with each committee report, to receive "X" values on the incentive funding form.
  • Committee reports will be shared through Google Drive to the IAVAT office and the IAVAT Vice-President within two weeks of each meeting.
  • Each committee member must be in good standing with the IAVAT. 
  • Any member not meeting committee responsibilities will be removed from the committee.
  • The final committee report from the committee chair is due to be shared through Google Drive to the Vice -President and IAVAT Executive Director no later than May 1st. Failure to send in this report by the deadline will cause forfeiture of the X-value by all committee members. 
For more questions on committee work, or to serve as a member-at-large, contact each committee chair.

Committees & Descriptions      
Chair: Phil Wilkey, Watseka
Description: The purpose of the Advocacy committee is to influence Public Policy on agriculture education through workshops and seminars. The advocacy committee is responsible for developing a productive and communicative relationship with the Illinois State Legislature, Illinois State Board of Education, and the Division of Career and Technical Education. As a committee we promote a positive relationship between all agriculture education agencies.

Ag Ed Teacher Recruitment/Retention
Chair: Corinne Batterman, Manteno
Description: The Retention and Recruitment committee is responsible for coordinating a variety of activities that will encourage people to pursue a career in agricultural education including IAVAT Student Branch Conference. The committee is also responsible for retaining these teachers by planning events like 1-5 year teacher workshop. The committee will also be working on Quality Guidelines for teacher success.

Career Development Event Advisory
Chair: Darin Blunier, Midland
Description: The CDE committee annually reviews specific Career Development Events on a rotational basis.  In addition, we address any CDE concerns that come up throughout the year and make recommendations to the IAVAT Board.  The committee also assigns advisors to each event to help with the review process.

Curriculum Advisory
Chair: Kenyon Jodlowski, Midwest Central
Description: The purpose of the Curriculum Advisorycommittee is to aid in the development, evaluation and improvement of curriculum resources and materials for agriculture teachers. The committee works with various educational resource providers to ensure high quality curriculum access to agricultural educators.

Fair & Exposition Advisory
Chair: Chad Mahler, Serena
Description: The purpose of the fair & exposition committee is to aid in the development and improvement of the Fair program, assist at the Illinois State Fair during the Junior Shows and Market Lamb weigh-in, review all fair rules and guidelines, and provide voting membership and recommendations to the Illinois State Fair Advisory Committee.

ICAE Advisory
Chair: Jody Heavner, Pittsfield
Description: The purpose of this committee is to annually review and evaluate the Agriculture Incentive Funding and Three Circle FFA and SAE grant applications and approvable agriculture course offerings.  The committee reviews the quality indicators, requirements, and process of the two grants and the agriculture courses on their relevance and importance to agricultural education programs.  The committee sends their recommendations to ICAE for consideration.

Chair: Jesse Faber, Pontiac
Description: The IAVAT Legislative Committee developed and implements the legislative plan for Illinois agricultural education through working directly with lobbyists. Activities include: drafting and proposing legislation, reviewing and acting on proposed bills, developing budget requests, assisting with Ag Legislative Seminar and Ag Legislative Day, and working with the LEAP((Legislator's Education in Agriculture Programs) initiative. We work to use our legislative platform to improve agricultural education and agriculture teachers' lives.

Member Services
Chair: Kara Barling, Heyworth
Description: The purpose of the member services committee is to enhance IAVAT member experience by providing unique and necessary opportunities and services. The membership services committee develops programs, manages crisis funds, and explores desired services within the organization.

Middle School Engagement
Chair: Courtney Gerstenecker, Carlyle
Description: The purpose of the Middle School committee is to develop and maintain Middle School specific initiatives for students and teachers alike. As the middle school model is developed and created the committee will serve to identify appropriate and responsible program components to successfully sustain Middle School development in Illinois. 

Professional Development
Chair: Joe Steffen, Newark
Description: The purpose of the professional development committee is to design professional development activities for the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers Conference, 212 Conference, District Workshops and others as needed.

Chair: Corrine Wascher, Galesburg
Description: The purpose of the recognition and awards committee is to recognize outstanding IAVAT members for their hard work and dedication to our profession. The committee now selects winners in all of the NAAE awards categories as well as the Excellence in Teaching awards.

SAE Advisory
Chair: Mitch Miller, Midwest Central
Description: The purpose of the SAE Advisory committee is to support teachers in promoting SAEs to their students, implement record keeping systems and evaluate current systems, provide resources to teachers, and encourage every student to have an active SAE.

Special Projects & Resolutions
Chair: Ariel Bunting, Ridgeview
Description:  The purpose of this committee is to first bring resolutions from the membership to the final business session at IAVAT to be voted on.  Special Projects also helps every 5 years by looking at re-sectioning and sends those recommendations to the IAVAT Board and membership.  The committee works on any additional tasks that the IAVAT Board sends to the committee.

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