Supporting Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom
IAA Foundation Director
The IAA Foundation is privileged to represent and
raise funds on behalf of Illinois Agriculture in the
Classroom. We take great care and pride in sharing the
stories of success and program impact, but also the
personal accounts of how a farm field trip, a classroom
visit, or a farmer pen pal opened up a new world of
agriculture to a student. These stories continue on
because of a great network of support for Ag Literacy.
The Mission of Illinois
Agriculture in the Classroom (IAITC) is to teach
Illinois children agriculture’s importance and the vital
role it plays in their lives and society. IAITC
supports local educational and outreach efforts by
providing standards based scientifically sound
agriculture information that can be easily integrated by
teachers into the existing classroom curriculum.
The IAITC program provides students
an opportunity to learn about nutrition, science and
agriculture through hands-on classroom experiences under
the direction of their teachers or county Agricultural
Literacy Coordinators, resulting in students who will
grow up with a better understanding and appreciation for
our state’s number one industry.
Through the generous support of
individuals and businesses who want to provide a future
for agriculture, the IAA Foundation is able to supply
the financial needs to keep IAITC thriving. Last
year our donors helped us create and print Ag Mags and
other new materials, provide mini-grants for teachers to
buy supplies and books, and give teachers week-long
experiences seeing agriculture first hand, and maintain
grants to support county efforts just to name a few.
Because of this successful network
of financial and volunteer support, IAITC continues to
have a strong impact each year:
students in grades pre K-12 hear an IAITC lesson
More than 37,500 teachers use IAITC materials throughout the school year
More than 490
participate in Summer Agricultural Institutes
More than 5,000
volunteers actively engage in IAITC efforts
For the 2017-2018 school year our goal is to raise
$750,000 to meet the state-wide needs and maintain
grants to support county efforts. This can only be
accomplished when those impacted by agriculture step up
to the plate…and if you eat then you are a part of that
daily impact! Thank you for playing an
important role in our efforts…with your help we can
continue to grow.
Director, IAA Foundation
The IAA Foundation is grateful to all donors.
Significant Partners in Ag Literacy for 2016-2017
Through generous support received by the IAA
Foundation the following are made possible:
County Ag Literacy Grants - County grants are a part
of the IAITC program. Funds from a variety of
partnering organizations will help support 74 County
Ag Literacy Coalitions. County Ag Literacy programs
in turn raise matching funds at the local level to
Ag Mags – A staple of the IAITC program, these
4-color tabloid type resources, featuring specific
Illinois Agricultural commodities and issues, are
linked with the Illinois Learning Standards, and
feature facts, career interviews and scientific
experiments. Each Ag Mag is made SMART Board
compatible, is available online for download, or
classroom packs can be requested free of charge.
Agriculture School Calendar - 5,000 classroom
receive this calendar each year. It features daily
facts about Illinois Agriculture and follows timely
agriculture themes related to that month.
Additional reading & educational resources are
listed for teachers.
Pre-Service Teacher Resource Guides & Grants –
Resource guides serve as an aide in reaching
pre-service teachers. Up to 5 $1,000 grants are
awarded to university pre-service teacher programs
to purchase agriculture related books and supplies.
Summer Ag Institutes - At these multi-day teacher
training institutes, educators receive intensive
hands on training and field trip experiences in
agriculture which help them become more comfortable
incorporating agriculture into their daily lessons
through use of IAITC materials.
Teacher Grants - Up to 72 $250 grants will be
awarded to teachers utilizing unique agriculture
information in their classroom. Book grants also
offer new ag-related literature for all students.
Grants are showcased on
and in local media.
Adopt A Classroom- This popular program matches city
of Chicago teachers and their students with farm
writers around the state. Funds are utilized to
provide teacher training about agriculture for City
of Chicago teachers. This training is further
re-enforced with the regular communication from
their pen-pal farm writers.