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What is Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources?

Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR), one of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) endorsement areas for 6-12 grade Illinois classrooms, helps students become college and career ready through critical thinking and real-world application of skills that are built within the content and application of AFNR courses. By taking AFNR-specific courses or through the development of integrated units from other Illinois CTE endorsement areas, as well as courses in science education, students develop academic knowledge and technical skills for a lifetime of opportunities. Illinois supports AFNR through a variety of programs, as well as specific budgetary line items. The primary website for Illinois AFNR teachers is located at https://www.ilaged.org/

Source: Adapted from https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Agriculture-Education.aspx
Occupational Outlook Handbook https://www.bls.gov/ooh/
O-Net https://www.onetonline.org/

At minimum, Illinois AFNR focuses on the following areas:

  • Agribusiness
  • Animal Systems
  • Biotechnology Systems
  • Environmental Service
  • Food Products & Processing
  • Natural Resources
  • Plant Systems
  • Power, Structural & Technical Systems

Agricultural Education School-Based Infographic (Please link the PDF that I attached to the email)

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ILCTE Innovative Lessons

For AFNR specific curriculum, please MyCaert. MyCaert provides AFNR teachers with an integrated online curriculum system (requires login, free for Illinois teachers)


Career Clusters/Pathways

The National Career Clusters® Framework serves as an organizing tool for Career Technical Education (CTE) programs, curriculum design and instruction. There are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing 79 Career Pathways to help learners navigate their way to greater success in college and career. The framework also functions as a useful guide in developing programs of study bridging secondary and postsecondary systems and for creating individual student plans of study for a complete range of career options. As such, it helps learners discover their interests and their passions, and empowers them to choose the educational pathway that can lead to success in high school, college and career.

For Career Opportunities, please see the Occupational Outlook Handbook or O-Net 

There are 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters; Illinois has 17 Career Clusters (Energy is the 17th). In addition to the Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources Career Cluster, Illinois AFNR teachers may want to consider the examination of other related career clusters in the development of their program.

Source: https://careertech.org/career-clusters

Business Management and Administration

This Career Cluster® is focused on careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

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Education and Training

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and providing education and training services, and related learning support services.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

This Career Cluster® is focused on planning, managing and providing scientific research and professional and technical services (e.g., physical science, social science, engineering) including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services.

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

This Career Cluster® is focused on the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing, and development of agricultural commodities and resources including food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products or resources.

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PaCE Framework

Counselors, advisors, teachers and other educators can use the PaCE document to identify what types of experiences and information a student should have in order to make the most informed decisions about college and career planning. Organized from 8th through 12th grade, the Illinois PaCE Framework explains what students should be supported to do and what they should know at the end of each grade relative to three key domains: Career Exploration and Development; Postsecondary Education Exploration, Preparation, and Selection; and, Financial Aid and Literacy.

Source: https://www.isac.org/pace/il-pace-resource-materials.html


Diversity, Equity, and Special Populations  

Illinois has a commitment to provide every student the opportunity to be supported by highly effective teachers and school leaders. Further, Illinois understands that the two most important components for providing student learning are effective teachers and school leaders. Therefore, Illinois is focusing on developing highly effective teachers and leaders who are prepared to work to meet the instructional needs of each child, including those who have special needs and/or are English Language/Bilingual learners whether they come from high-poverty schools or low-poverty schools. To meet the needs of its lowest performing schools, Illinois is focusing on preparing teachers and principals to focus on differentiated instruction, student learning, and school improvement. Ensuring that teachers and principals are highly prepared to work in high need schools (HNS) will help to reduce the inequity among schools. Additionally, providing induction, mentoring, and professional development programs that focus on instructional needs of children will further support student learning in HNS (Source: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/equity_plan.pdf#search=equity)

Resources for Teachers:



What is a Program of Study?

According to the definition put forward in Perkins V, a program of study must, at minimum, be a coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that:

  • Incorporates challenging, state-identified academic standards
  • Addresses academic and technical knowledge, as well as employability skills
  • Is aligned to the needs of industries in the state, region, Tribal community or local area
  • Progresses in content specificity
  • Has multiple entry and exit points that allow for credentialing
  • Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.

AFNR Sample Plan of Study

Source: https://careertech.org/programs-study


Learning Standards

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE). The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia and Palau participated in the development stage of the CCTC, which was coordinated by Advance CTE. The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.

Source: https://careertech.org/cctc


Career and Technical Student Organizations


State and National Associations


Online Learning Resources

Curriculum

Discovery Education
Discovery Education Experience provides engaging high-quality content, ready-to-use digital lessons, creative collaboration tools, and practical professional learning resources to give educators everything they need to facilitate instruction and create a lasting educational impact in any learning environment.

Eportfolios
Crea
te a Portfolio Website with Wix and Start Displaying Your Stunning Work Online. Access Advanced Editing Tools & Expert Features that'll Make Your Site Stand Out Online. 

IDEA
Illinois Digital Educators Alliance, the state affiliate of ISTE, is the largest organization in the state devoted to the use of technology in education. The mission of IDEA is to inspire, connect and provide the educational community with opportunities that transform teaching and learning through technology. 

IXL
Comprehensive K-12 curriculum.  This resource is NOT free. 

MyCAERT
MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career & Technical Education instruction. It not only allows access to a complete selection of instructional components, but also serves as a classroom organizational and management tool. 

Rocket Math
Rocket Math is a basic math curriculum and worksheet-based program that is the best learning tool and math program for kids. This resource is NOT free.  

Teaching21st
Many free resources to support the Common Core and to meet 21st Century Skills, including assessment and rubrics, virtual field trips, and internet safety. · Vocabtest.com

Vocab Test.com
VocabTet.com offers the eager student ready to learn, free vocabulary tests, which are the best way to boost your verbal skills.

Zearn
Math: Top-rated math program created for teachers, by teachers. The only curriculum top-rated by EdReports that unites hands-on instruction and immersive digital learning. Aligned to Eureka Math / EngageNY.  

Explore My Future (Career Related Resources)

Resources for students to learn more about themselves and to explore future career possibilities


ASVAB
Career exploration program includes a validated aptitude test and interest assessment; results are used to guide career exploration using their career planning tools.

Career Pathways Virtual Trailheads
To support students work based learning experiences during e-learning and while in school, the P-20 Network has created a series of videos which feature people from a wide range of occupations. The videos will allow students to learn different occupations within the various career pathway endorsement areas, gain knowledge about workplace skills, and receive advice from these professionals.

Career Zones
The place to explore careers related to your strengths, skills and talents. There are six career clusters that can be explored: Arts & Humanities, Business & Information Systems, Engineering & Technology Services, Health Services, Nature & Agricultural Sciences, and Human & Public Services.

Enneagram
Is a free personality test will show you which of the nine personality types suit you best. It only takes 10 minutes online and is free.

Everfi
Everfi is a platform for creating community impact that’s customizable, measurable, inspiring, and easy; Everfi offers Workplace Training, Financial Education, Higher Education and Community Engagement modules.

ISAC
Resources are available to assist you in offering Claim Your Future® to your students. It has games for students.

Nepris
Virtually connects educators and learners with a network of industry professionals, bringing real-world relevance and career exposure to all students. Nepris also provides a skills-based volunteering platform for organizations to extend education outreach and build their brand among the future workforce.

QFT
The Question Formulation Technique (QFT), created by the Right Question Institute, helps all people create, work with, and use their own questions — building skills for lifelong learning, self-advocacy, and democratic action.

Truity
Understand who you really are! Powerful, scientifically validated personality tests to help you group and find you way in life. Also includes a career profiler.

Google Related

Google Classroom
Google Classroom is a FREE web service developed by Google for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Students
If you plan to implement Google Classroom as a distance learning platform, this is a great resource for your students that provides basic information on the various tools Google Classroom provides.

Google Classroom Cheat Sheet for Teachers
This document is a great resource for teachers that would like to learn the basics of Google Classroom for distance learning. 

Google Meet and Livestream Directions
Real-time meetings by Google. Using your browser (you will need to use Google Chrome), share your video, desktop, and presentations with students. The linked document is a great step-by-step direction sheet for students learning how to do Google Meet Livestream for school.

HyperDocs
HyperDocs are Google Docs that are self-contained lessons or units. HyperDocs contain questions with links to videos, infographics, websites, or other resources to help the students discover new information. Other uses for Hyperdocs can be building an extended lesson or unit. HyperDocs can also be used for substitute teacher plans, video or podcast playlists, learning centers or stations.

Jamboard
(google suite) Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms. Watch your creativity unfold: you can create a Jam, edit it from your device, and share it with others. Everybody can collaborate on the Jam anytime, anywhere. For businesses and schools that use Jamboard hardware, you can use your phone or tablet to join or open a Jam on a nearby board.

Pear Deck
This is a sidebar to add to Google Slides; allows a teacher to be in presentation mode and then be able to communicate with students by giving a formative assessment, creating custom questions, adding audio to a slide, and active dashboard to watch each student's reaction to material presented. Pricing free, $150/year, custom for district. Web site has the options available for pricing listed. 

Screencastify
Google Chrome extension. Allows teachers to record their voice, screen, and even has drawing tools. Teachers can record lessons, assignment solutions, and verbal student feedback. Free version allows up to a 5-minute video. Premium version is $29 per person. Can get a special school quote.

Pedagogy

Resources to enhance instruction and increase student engagement/participation


10 Tips for Teaching Online: Practical Advice from Instructors
With the right tools, some creativity, and a healthy dose of patience, you can master the move online. 

Book Creator
FREE, Book Creator offers a simple way to infuse creativity throughout the curriculum, motivating students to become published authors and helping them develop future-ready skills.

Canvas
Design anything in minutes with thousands of beautiful templates and images. The “basic” plan is FREE. It offers 250K+ free templates, 200K+ free photos and elements and 1000+ fonts. There are 100+ design types for social media posts, presentations and more! The “pro” plan costs $9.95 per month and offers more templates, photos & elements than the basic plan.

Doceri Interactive Whiteboard
Doceri does it all! Control your lesson or presentation live with Airplay or through your Mac, PC or Ipad. Annotate a Keynote or PowerPoint or present your original Doceri project. Great for student projects, too. CREATE hand-written or hand drawn Doceri projects on your iPad, using sophisticated drawing tools and the innovative Doceri Timeline.  

Edutopia
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.

Gimkit
Remote learning seems a lot more doable. Students are engaged and are asking to keep learning. Assignments are taken care of and graded for you. Remote lesson plans with your content can be created in minutes.

HyFlex
In the HyFlex course design, students can choose to attend face-to-face, synchronous class sessions or complete course learning activities online without physically attending class. Hyflex can provide student engagement at the time they see/hear the material.

InventHelp
We help everyday inventors patent & submit ideas to companies! Free information.
Looks like you have an invention idea. Great! But where do you go from here?
Helping Since 1984 · For Everyday Inventors · Submission to Companies · Confidential invention information

Kahoot!
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that makes it easy to create, share and play learning games or trivia quizzes in minutes. Unleash the fun in classrooms! Sign up for FREE for the basic plan or $36 per year for the pro plan.  

Know it All
Know it all features a wide assortment of over 8,600 media assets, for pre-K-12. The content has been optimized for tablets and mobile devices for one-to-one learning. As of May 15, 2020, you will find approximately: 4821 videos, 1333 audio files, 286 photo galleries and 1781 photos, 79 interactives, 62 teacher resources, and much more! It covers career education, English Language Arts, Health Education, Math, Science, Social Studies, Technology, Visual & Performing Arts and World Languages.  

Lalilo
Lalilo is an online tool for K, 1st and 2nd grade teachers and students. The Lalilo website is accessible on tablets, iPads and computers. Lalilo works in school environments or in a distance. This resource is NOT free.

Learning.com
Commit to digital equity with digital literacy for all students. Teach students to create with technology and harness it to power learning.

Menti
Mentimeter is a cloud-based solution that allows you to engage and interact with your students in real-time. It is a polling tool wherein you can set the questions and your students can give their input using a mobile phone or any other device connected to the internet. 

MobyMax
MobyMax is a wonderful tool to differentiate learning for all students. Since it meets the students at their level, it challenges students above level and on level students as well as remediates students below level. MobyMax allows me to set goals with my students and celebrate their success with them.

Nearpod
Nearpod is an instructional platform that merges formative assessment and dynamic media for collaborative learning experiences. You can upload tech-enhanced materials or customize over 7,500 pre-made, standards-aligned lessons for all K-12 subjects. Students complete assignments independently while you gain insights into students’ understanding with post-session reports. Easily integrates with your LMS (i.e. Google Classroom, Canvas, Schoology and more). 

OnShape
OnShape is the only product development platform that unites CAD, data management, collaboration tools and real-time analytics. This resource is NOT free.

Padlet.com
A tool that sets up accounts for students that are private. Cost for a teacher $12 /month. Teachers may post assignments and students can create work and post their assignment work back to the teacher. Teachers are in full control of the student and parent access. 

Quizizz.com
Free quiz tool. Can be used on any device. For in class and online uses.  Never grade a quiz again. Web site even has quizzes built for different subject areas, even CTE. 

Quizlet
Allows teachers to create or use existing study material. The tool tracks student progress through the material. 30-day free trial, otherwise $35.99 /year. 

Schoology
A complete Learning Management System (LMS) that integrates with many other educational tools.  A free, one teacher offer is available. For a district wide package more investigation would be required for pricing. 

Socrative
An instant student-response tool that allows teachers to engage students with simple polls and quizzes. Free for one classroom group. Paid plans available. 

Spin the Wheel random picker
Interactive tool that allows the teacher to make a decision at random. It has three modes: random picking, random, accumulation. Free.

Survey Monkey
Create surveys online for free.  Unlimited online surveys. It is an easy & powerful tool.  

Vizia
The end of passive viewing! Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and CTAs into videos. Get Started. Take your videos to the next level. A new type of video content. Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Increase engagement.

Wheel of Names
You can make your own wheel of names. It can be a fun way to assign group projects. Spinning the wheel can identify the group’s members! 

Wizer
Amaze your students with smarter worksheets. Wizer.me is a platform where teachers build beautiful, engaging online worksheets. Teachers and students can create free accounts.

Zoom
Online platform to host meetings, webinars, conference rooms, chat, and phone system. Free version. 

Virtual Box
Allows users to run other types of platforms other than what is on their computer. Ideal when teaching different operating systems. 

Zoom Etiquette
If you are using Zoom for classroom meetings, this is a useful resource for everyone to review before partaking in an online meeting.

Video

Resources for creating videos and instructional approaches for the classroom

Adobe Rush App
This tool is available for the PC, IOS, and Android; gives the user capability to create fantastic videos that have been edited. Free use of the tool with three exports is available, otherwise it costs $9.99 / month

Brain Pop
Animated Educational Site for Kids - Science, Social Studies, English, Math, Arts & Music, Health, and Technology.

Ed Puzzle
EDpuzzle is an incredibly-easy-to-use video platform that helps teachers save time, boost classroom engagement and improve student learning through video lessons. Use videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, Crash Course and more. If you'd rather record and upload your own video, go for it! EDpuzzle also collects data as students watch and interact with the video. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!

Flipgrid
Flipgrid is an easy-to-use social learning, video making website that allows educators and students to make video clips. A teacher can create a grid or a series of grids that asks students to discuss topics or questions. The teacher can set the requirements of the responses to the subject, which could include time limits, attachments, video, pictures, and several other settings. For educators it’s FREE 

Loom
Say it with video! The expressiveness of video with the convenience of messaging and it’s FREE. Communicate more effectively wherever you work with Loom. 

Play Post It
PlayPosit, Inc. operates an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lessons. Its platform enables teachers to create interactive lessons. and video solution enables corporates to train employees, partners, and customers. The company’s platform is designed for K-corporates, flipped, and blended environments. This resource is NOT free.

Screencast-o-matic
Video recording service that allows teachers to record their screen and webcam simultaneously. User-friendly. No download required. Video can be published immediately. Free version. Premium versions for schools available with many price variations. 

View Pure
Watch purified YouTube videos. Just for teachers, professors, social influencers, homeschoolers and parents. The Viewpure Members Area is the place where Viewpure can give you additional tools and resources. The Members Area is FREE. There is a lot of cool stuff in there for clean viewing of videos.

Vizia
The end of passive viewing! Engage viewers by integrating quizzes, polls, and CTAs into videos. Get Started. Take your videos to the next level. A new type of video content. Ask questions, multi-choice quizzes, and collect feedback through your videos. Increase engagement.

YouTube
Large library of videos that can be used as supplemental instruction. Can also upload their own videos. Free.


Social Media