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As the National FFA Convention rounds the corner we continue to prepare for our travels. Whether you are taking students to indulge in the great event or are taking students to compete on this prestigious level, you will see your students grow, both personally, competitively and professionally. Across the country CASE certified teachers are helping their students prepare for this week and we’d like to showcase how their CASE certification has helped in guiding these students.

 

Ms. Alicia Schmidt, from the Mt. Vernon Agriculture Department in Indiana, students will present research on how the general public views technology in agriculture. Schmidt, CASE certified in ANFR, ASA, NRE, FSS, APT and ARD, has been able to utilize her certifications to inspire and spark passion in her students.

 

“Talk to your science teachers, talk to your local businesses, ask your students if there is something that they would like to see change and then have them start working on a research question. Just jump in!” said Schmidt. She encourages anyone to get involved with the Agriscience Fair if there is an interest.

 

Another CASE certified teacher with students competing in the Agriscience Fair is Rachel Scior from Westfall High School in Ohio. Scior is CASE certified in AFNR, ASA and ABF and has students presenting a project in Power, Structural and Technical Systems on Water Energy.

 

“I feel that the inquiry [-based instructional] model and hands on labs in CASE help students to develop high quality research,” said Scior. 

 

We wish all students the best of luck in this coming week and look forward to the growth they will experience next week and in successive weeks in classrooms nationwide

As a pre-service educator, your head is already spinning with new techniques, information, and endless possibilities for your classroom and students. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and not consider student impact with curriculum design. However, through the opportunity to participate in a CASE Institute as a pre-service teacher, you begin your career on a new and bright horizon with an engaging curriculum and added strategies in your toolbox.

For some, it is a matter of self-motivation and funding to sign up for one of the standalone institutes that are offered throughout the country each summer. While some pre-service teachers find the opportunity to go through a CASE Institutions as part of the coursework at their university.

“Getting certified in CASE at the pre-service level greatly benefited me because it allowed me to enter a classroom, provide my students with structured content and understand the intricacies of the curriculum from a student perspective.” said Joshua Troub, current graduate student and CASE TA at The University of Arizona. “I think I was better able to meet the needs of my students because of the thorough understanding I received from the pre-service certification. Also, having the certification and being able to utilize CASE curriculum before entering the classroom alleviated much of the stress I would have had in initiating certification on my own.”

Offering CASE certification at the university level allows pre-service teachers to not only view the curriculum through the eyes of a teacher but as a student as well. This dual view opens up more possibilities and a deeper understanding. As students delve into the CASE curriculum, they experience more inquiry-based teachings, keeping them in-tune with the modern teaching techniques that are demanded in the workforce.

Dr. Amber Rice of The University of Arizona shared how offering CASE certification to pre-service teachers also impacts teacher retention. Rice says “First year teachers are in surviving mode when they take their first job. By already achieving CASE certification, it decreases the amount of time they must spend on planning and developing their own curriculum. This makes the first year of teaching much more manageable and assists with teacher retention from year one to year two.”

CASE certification for pre-service students also gives them the opportunity to feel comfortable while student teaching and while starting their teaching careers. Making the most of their university coursework is an undeniable benefit that CASE has to offer these pre-service teachers, as well as giving them a competitive edge in the opportunities that they provide for their students.

For more information regarding offering a CASE Institute at your university or attending a CASE Institute as a pre-service teacher, visit this page.

This is a feature from the May 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

As we wrap up another great school year in agricultural education, we can look forward to great professional development opportunities with Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) this summer. Whether you are heading off to your very first CASE Institute or you are a Lead Teacher, there are so many wonderful things to learn and add to your curriculum, so that you can continue to grow as a professional.

 

Regardless of your current status in your teaching career (brand-new to well-seasoned and everything in between), CASE has something all ag teachers and their programs can benefit from. For Paul Larson, a 32-year classroom veteran at Freedom High School, in Freedom, Wisconsin, CASE breathed new life into his agriculture program. He is currently certified in Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant.

 

By providing Larson with new inquiry-based labs and instructional concepts, he has been able to elevate the levels of learning in his classes, which he hopes will continue as he nears retirement and a new agriculture teacher begins his/her career at Freedom High School.

 

“As I near retirement, I want my school to be an exciting and vibrant choice to attract a new, young teacher,” said Larson. “Having CASE certificates and equipment in place allows them the flexibility to just get trained and then be fully ready to go. As I look at transitioning out of my program, I want to have as many options and opportunities available to my replacement to help assure their success as a teacher.”

 

Larson attributes his affinity for CASE curriculum to the Lead Teachers who present the CASE Institutes.

 

“They are excellent teachers who demonstrate how to best use the curriculum in practical methods to assure students achieve success,” added Larson.

 

At the other end of the spectrum, CASE also provides great knowledge and resources for new agriculture teachers. For Riley Hintzsche, agriculture teacher at Streator Township High School, in Streator, Illinois, CASE has allowed his first five years in the classroom to be more student-focused. Hintzsche is able to facilitate learning and cater his instruction to each of his students’ learning styles and abilities.

 

“CASE has allowed my classroom to become a strong, student-centered ecosystem, where students can explore learning at their own pace through a structured approach,” said Hintzsche. “Additionally, students are able to take ownership of their learning. By allowing students to explore at their own pace and apply the concepts of CASE, the students learn how to problem-solve and collaborate with one another.”

 

Hintzsche is currently CASE certified in Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal, and Natural Resources and Ecology. This summer he will be a Lead Teacher for the Natural Resources and Ecology Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

 

No matter where you are in your teaching career, it is never too late – or too early – to add CASE to your program and instruction. Professional development is one way we can all continue to grow and learn, and CASE offers exceptional, rigorous training that will allow both you and your students to reach the next level of learning.

 

Interested in learning more about CASE and to check out which institutes still have available spots for this summer? Follow this link to learn more and register TODAY!

This is a feature from the April 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Curriculum for Agricultural Sciences Education (CASE) is excited to announce that 170 outstanding agriculture teachers have been selected to receive scholarships to attend this summer’s institutes. These scholarship recipients were selected from a nationwide pool of applicants. Thanks to multiple generous sponsors, the selected teachers have the opportunity to obtain their CASE certifications at little to no cost.

 

These invaluable scholarships allow teachers to not only expand their curriculum resources and tools, but also allow the teachers to positively impact the lives of their students by opening doors to individualized instruction, with a primary focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

 

"CASE has always been my primary resource for educating students about the science of agriculture,” said Mia Sullivan, agriculture teacher at Heritage High School, in Tennessee, and recipient of a 2019 Cargill CASE Institute Scholarship. “I am thrilled to be able to participate in the CASE ASP training this summer to be able to bring a new pathway to our agricultural education program at Heritage High School. This is an amazing opportunity that Cargill has sponsored not only for me but my students. They will now be able to go beyond the who and what of basic plant science and dive in to the how and why of plant science, and I love that."

 

With the aid of these scholarships, more students will have the opportunity to experience the science of agriculture and be able to apply the knowledge and skills they gain to their real lives. Thank you again to our sponsors for providing these opportunities to agriculture teachers.

 

2019 AEM, EDA, and FEMA CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients
Thirty-five agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration With the goal of supporting workforce development and sparking student interest in the equipment manufacturing industry, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA) generously sponsored Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institute scholarships for agriculture teachers. Click here to view the scholarship recipients.

 

2019 Cargill CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients
Thirty agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration thanks to the generous support of Cargill as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Follow this link to view the scholarship recipients.

 

2019 CHS Foundation CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients
Fifty-five agricultural educators were selected to receive CASE Institute scholarships from the CHS Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. Click here to view the scholarship recipients.

 

2019 Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients
Twenty-eight agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. The Farm Credit East scholarships were directed specifically for agricultural educators in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. CASE is grateful to Farm Credit East for their support. Follow this link to view the scholarship recipients.

 

CASE Multi-Year Grant Program for Pathway Completion
CASE would also like to recognize the 22 selected agriculture teachers who received the 2018 CASE Pathway Adoption Grant. Funding for this program was provided by a USDA Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary School Teachers (PD-STEP) grant. The selected teachers are in their second year of professional development training with CASE, to complete the Animal or Plant Science Pathway in their agriculture programs. Click here for more information about this unique opportunity and to see who the grant recipients are.

 

Again, congratulations to all CASE Scholarship recipients. We hope this summer’s institutes shine a new light on your programs and allow your students to thrive in their agricultural endeavors.

 
Thanks again for the support from our generous sponsors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASE is excited to announce the 2019 Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Twenty seven (27) agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. The Farm Credit East scholarships were directed specifically for agricultural educators in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. The following are agriculture teachers who received CASE Institute scholarships from Farm Credit East. CASE is grateful to Farm Credit East for their support.

 

First Name:Last Name:School:State:
JeffreyParnapyByron-Bergen Central School NY
Jennifer Solter-JonesWinnisquam Regional School District NH
JenniferPhelpsCarthage Central School NY
Jennifer Jedd Region 14- Nonnewaug High School CT 
Heather Sweeney Adirondack NY
Katie LindseyMount Markham Central School NY
ShaundraDavisRichfield Springs Central School District NY
RebeccaWerbelaMorrisville -Eaton NY
Paul PerryMadison Central School District NY
 Kiley Treen Herkimer High School NY
Roger BarkmanOtselic Valley Central School District NY
MeganGolden Spencer-Van Etten Central School NY
Rachel BennettTully Central School District NY
LeannJordanTully Central Schools NY
AlisonParrottGreenwich Central School NY
GregSchweiger Newark Valley CSD NY
Alexis HalsteadWindsor Central School District NY
JasonOliver Groton High School NY
Marisa BedronCT Region 14, Nonnewaug High School CT 
Rachel HoldenWallingford Public Schools CT 
Patricia Smith Warren Hills Regional High School NJ
Halee WassonSouthern Cayuga Central School District NY
Karen PatricioGeneva City School District NY
Aaron Dennis Clymer School District NY
Debra NeumannRondout Valley Central School District NY
GleasonWalleyChateaugay Central School NY
Mary-Elizabeth Foote Gouverneur High School NY

 

CASE is excited to announce the 2019 APT and MSA CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Thirty-five agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. These scholarship receipts were selected from applications from teachers across the nation. The following are teachers who received CASE distributed scholarships generously sponsored by Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA).

                                   

First Name:Last Name:School:State:
BrentArndtPark River Area High SchoolND
RogerBarkmanOtselic Valley Central SchoolNY
DanaBorlandWarden High SchoolWA
RonnieBushRiver View High SchoolWA
JeremyCattauMarion CenterPA
ChanceCrainWells High SchoolNV
LacieDarnellNorwich High SchoolKS
ChanynDornNew Lisbon SchoolsWI
BoDowningRiley County High SchoolKS
EdwardFranklinUniversity of ArizonaAZ
RobertGagneLakes Region Technology CenterNH
CharlesGraydusOctoraraPA
MarvinGreenColby Public SchoolsKS
MatthewGreeneAlexandria Central SchoolNY
ToddHargraveDavenport High SchoolWA
CodyHollidayGarden Plain High SchoolKS
KatelynHolmesNodaway-Holt R-VIIMO
Nicole 'Nicki'HonanWest Nodaway R-IMO
KenyonJodlowskiMidwest Central High SchoolIL
LeannJordanTully Central SchoolsNY
JoshuaKriegGoldendale High SchoolWA
VeroniqueKrohnBeekmantown CSDNY
SarahKrumWapato High SchoolWA
Ashley (A.J.)LambertPasco High SchoolWA
JeffreyParnapyByron-Bergen Central SchoolNY
PaulPerryMadison Central SchoolNY
KristopherRankinSouthern Boone Co. High SchoolMO
SamanthaSiemerEdinburg CUSD4IL
AllenSkoogCheney High SchoolWA
KylieSmithPavilionNY
KileyTreenHerkimer High SchoolNY
GleasonWalleyChateaugay Central SchoolNY
HaleeWassonSouthern Cayuga Jr./Sr. High SchoolNY
HeatherWassonHuntingdon Area High SchoolPA
CorineahWilliamsHaven High School

KS

 

With the goal of supporting workforce development and sparking student interest in the equipment manufacturing industry, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA) generously sponsored Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institute scholarships for agriculture teachers. CASE is grateful to AEM, EDA, and FEMA for their support!

 

      

CASE is excited to announce the 2019 Cargill CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Thirty agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. These scholarship receipts were selected from applications from teachers across the nation. The following are teachers who received CASE Institute scholarships from Cargill.

                                

First Name:Last Name:School:State:
SamanthaBearupSilver HighNM
MarisaBedronNonnewaug High SchoolCT
CathyBerrierLedford Senior High SchoolNC
AmyBrownBowers AcademyMI
Anna-MarieChamberlainVale High SchoolOR
EveyChoatLaurel-Concord-Coleridge SchoolNE
JamieChristiansenMidland High SchoolIA
ShelbyCooperTri-Valley CUSD #3IL
BritneyCowanSagamon Valley High SchoolIL
SarahForanArmstrong Township High SchoolIL
KristinGardnerHenderson ISDTX
StephanieGoebFirebaugh High SchoolCA
AlanGreenUnionville-Sebewaing Area SchoolsMI
CassadyGuinnaneFort Benton SchoolsMT
AliciaHaydenMagazine High SchoolAR
LoriHoppeGardiner Public SchoolMT
FallonJacksonFranklin County High SchoolKY
FarrahJohnsonDeltona High SchoolFL
KaylaLoewenhagenFall Creek High SchoolWI
CesarLopez BarrerasIndio High SchoolCA
MitchMillerMidwest Central High SchoolIL
JeffNeuserMilwaukee Vincent High SchoolWI
BriannaShanholtzerUniversity of FloridaFL
KaseySimsShirley School DistrictAR
JoySnellgroveBeardstown High SchoolIL
JenniferSolter-JonesWinnisquam Regional High SchoolNH
MiaSullivanHeritage High SchoolTN
MichaelVinesSheridan High SchoolAR
KatieWoodLa Grande High SchoolOR
MollyZahradkaNorth Valley Career and Technology CenterND

 

As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Cargill has sponsored these scholarships for 2019 CASE Institutes for beginning and experienced agricultural educators. CASE is grateful to Cargill for their support!

CASE is excited to announce the 2019 CHS Foundation CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Fifty-five agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. These scholarship receipts were selected from applications from teachers across the nation. The following are teachers who received CASE Institute scholarships from the CHS Foundation.

 

First Name:Last Name:School:State:
CaitlinAndersonSheppard High SchoolTX
HeatherAndersonManheim Central High SchoolPA
JacobBallLocust Trace Agriscience CenterKY
CharliBaughFranklin Technology CenterMO
RobynBechtelWilliamsburg Community School DistrictPA
DanaBorlandWarden High SchoolWA
ClintonBullockBeech Grove City SchoolsIN
CallieCoatsHaywood High SchoolTN
JessicaCollinsFlanagan-Cornell Unit #74IL
CaitlinCoulseyWarden High SchoolWA
AaronDennisClymer Central SchoolNY
JonDoeseEast Buchanan School DistrictIA
KeonteEdmondsHeritage High SchoolNC
CindyFeltmeyerEastland High SchoolIL
LaurenFrancesNaperville North High SchoolIL
ToddFrohweinBaxter CSDIA
NicholasGutheryLTCCMO
BuddyHaasCentral High SchoolIL
HannaHartmanRudd Rockford Marble RockIA
EthanHunzikerNew Madrid County CentralMO
MadisonHynesRiverside Jr/Sr High SchoolOR
DiannaJaremaBermudian Springs High SchoolPA
JenniferJeddNonnewaug High SchoolCT
RandiKriegGoldendale High SchoolWA
MollyMajorsAdna High SchoolWA
CarlyMartinWoodlan Jr/Sr High SchoolIN
JohnMartinThomas Nelson FFAKY
SuzetteMenkingJunction City High SchoolOR
JulieNewberrySpringfield High SchoolTN
CindyNunezUnion City Junior/Senior High SchoolIN
DonnaPageRochelle Township High SchoolIL
AlisonParrottIthaca CollegeNY
ConnorPhillipsStephen F. Austin State UniversityTX
KatlynPostIllinois State UniversityIL
JacobRileyWarsaw Area Career CenterIN
MeganRileyNew London Local SchoolsOH
LisaRokerWabasso High SchoolMN
LisaSackreiterMadelia High SchoolMN
AmberSamsonPCM CSDIA
LoriSandersonOnalaska High SchoolWA
JessieSchermerhornGibson SouthernIN
StephanieSchultzPolo Community High SchoolIL
AprilScibienskiDesert Edge High SchoolAZ
KoriShackelfordForest Grove High SchoolOR
AshleyShermanClaymont High SchoolOH
BretSpurginCharles City High SchoolIA
ShawnSternIlwaco High SchoolWA
TrentonTaberCambridge Jr./Sr. High SchoolIL
CarolineTartWest Craven High SchoolNC
BlakeUchitjilSt. Anne Community High SchoolIL
JamieWaddinghamCollins-MaxwellIA
SusanWagnerSouthridge High SchoolIN
MarkWhiteArea 31 Career CenterIN
MeganWhitedOakesdale High SchoolWA
CraigWitteBeech Grove Middle SchoolIN

 

As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the CHS Foundation has sponsored these scholarships for 2019 CASE Institutes for beginning and experienced agricultural educators. CASE is grateful to the CHS Foundation for their support!

This is a feature from the March 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Does your school course schedule have you crunched for time? Are you worried you won’t be able to provide your students with all the resources, information, and experiences that come with a full CASE course? Are you interested a condensed version of a CASE course?

 

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is now offering BriefCASE professional development opportunities. BriefCASE professional development events are one-day sessions designed to provide teacher certification for semester-long or shortened CASE courses. BriefCASEs are the perfect addition to state conference professional development. These modular courses can be incorporated into existing secondary education courses or implemented independently. BriefCASE courses vary in length, but are not a full year of curriculum.

 

This year, CASE is excited to offer several different opportunities for teachers to complete the Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) BriefCASE. This course introduces students to business management in agriculture. It is structured to provide students with foundational agribusiness knowledge, as they investigate, experiment, and learn how to develop a business plan, problem solve, and communicate as professionals. For a quick snapshot of what this looks like, students in the course will create cash flow statements to learn about supply and demand and risk management, utilize balance sheets to measure the health of enterprises, and develop a business plan that includes information investors, bankers, and additional stakeholders need to support a new business. After completion of the ABF course, students will be able to take the skills they have developed and put them to practice in a variety of CASE program of study pathways.

 

The Agricultural Business Foundations (ABF) BriefCASE is proudly sponsored by Farm Credit East and the New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Fund, in memory of former employee Joshua Geary. Thank you Farm Credit East for providing this opportunity for our agriculture teachers.

 

 

Interested in finding out more about BriefCASE professional development events? Follow this link to see where this year’s events are located and sign-up TODAY! While limited BriefCASEs are scheduled for this summer, CASE looks forward to expanding this offering in 2020.

This is a feature from the February 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Looking for ways to help cover the cost of attending a CASE Institute this summer? Thanks to the generous support from several of our sponsors, CASE is now offering multiple CASE Institute scholarship opportunities for agriculture teachers to network and grow professionally, as they work to enhance STEM in their curriculum and programs.

 

For those interested in attending their first CASE Institute, or wanting to continue their professional development training to offer higher-level CASE courses or additional pathways, there are partial scholarships now available. Thanks to the support of Cargill and the CHS Foundation, through the National FFA Foundation, agriculture teachers can apply for partial CASE Institute scholarships which range from $1,500 to $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute offered this summer. Along with that opportunity, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA), are generously sponsoring partial CASE Institute scholarships specifically for the Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institutes. Each of these scholarships are valued at $2,000.

 

“Since its inception, EDA’s Foundation, the Equipment Dealers Foundation, has provided scholarships for students looking to begin or further a career in ag,” said Joe Dykes, VP of Industry Relations for EDA. “Now we are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with AEM and CASE to promote the value of an agricultural education from the other side of the classroom. Sponsoring scholarships for teachers is consistent with one of the Foundation’s most important goals, workforce development. The specific programs we’re sponsoring are aimed at closing the skills gap, or the gap between supply and demand for equipment technicians – a major issue in our industry right now. We believe working together to get people excited to teach and learn about agriculture is the best way to grow and sustain interest in our industry.”

 

Are you ready to get started planning a great summer of professional development that will transform your curriculum? Make sure to take a look at these opportunities and check out the current CASE Institute schedule here.

 

Applications for these CASE Institute scholarships are due by February 28th. For more information about the scholarships and to apply, follow this link.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

 

             

 

                   

Andrea Fristoe

Welcome Nancy!

Posted by Andrea Fristoe Jan 17, 2019

This is a feature from the January 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

We are happy to announce that Nancy Trivette has joined the team as the new Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Project Director.

 

She recently retired as the New Jersey CASE State Leader and Program Leader for Agricultural Education at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. She also served as the New Jersey State FFA Advisor.

 

Trivette has been a part of the CASE Advisory Committee since 2007 and has chaired the CASE Executive Committee throughout the last 10 years. We are very excited to have her on staff and look forward to the great contributions she will add to the CASE initiative.

 

Here is a brief Q&A to help you get to know Nancy a little bit better:

 

Q: How many years have you been involved in agricultural education?
A: I have been involved in agricultural education for 35 years. I retired from the state of New Jersey, Department of Agriculture on December 31, 2018. 

 

Q: What roles have you served in agricultural education?
A: I spent the majority of my career in a state staff position, first as FFA Specialist starting in 1983, and then as State Program Leader for Agricultural Education since 1999. Both of those positions provided me the opportunity to work with state officers as FFA Executive Secretary and as State FFA Advisor. Being State Program Leader has connected me to agriculture teachers, school administrators and post-secondary faculty. I have also been the CASE State Leader for New Jersey since CASE’s inception in 2007. In addition to my state roles, I have had the awesome opportunity to serve on several national boards, including the National FFA Board of Directors, National FFA Board of Trustees, National FFA Alumni Council, National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education, and the National Council for Agricultural Education. I have served on the National CASE Advisory Committee, and chaired the Executive Committee. I am currently serving as the President-Elect of the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

 

Q: Why is CASE important to you?
A: In my opinion, CASE has been the most impactful program for agricultural education teachers, students, and school districts in my 35 years because of its intense professional development, curriculum that is directly connected to current and future business and industry needs, and its assessment components that allow teachers, schools, and others to evaluate learning. Additionally, because CASE is STEM-based and academically rigorous, some postsecondary institutions offer college credit for high school courses. This is a true program of study model. 

 

Q: What goals do you have for the CASE initiative?
A: My goals include strengthening CASE connections with all aspects and partners of agricultural education to create a greater awareness of CASE, stay connected to industry innovations, and to serve a broad-based agriculture, food and natural resources industry. I hope to further develop and build partnerships with education entities from middle school to post-secondary education. I also plan to promote CASE’s outstanding teacher professional development, inquiry/STEM-based curriculum, assessment tools, and potential for college credit to new and expanded audiences.

 

Q: What are you looking forward to most about working with the CASE and NAAE staff?
A: I am very excited about the potential to collaborate among all aspects of our profession. I especially think there is room to expand our thinking and gain greater results by bringing together all team players at NAAE. I hope this will also include FFA when appropriate. This type of collaboration will help CASE grow. Working with programs like Teach Ag and others, we can all impact our teacher supply, diversity of students and teachers, and increase quality programs.

 

Q: What is your favorite hobby?
A: I have been passionate about running and biking over the last decade. I usually start my day with some form of exercise. It helps me process my thoughts and prepare for my day. I am always happiest when I return from a run or a ride.

 

Q: What inspires you?
A:  I get inspired when I can help people succeed. Whether it is students, teachers, administrators, or other colleagues, I love to help them see the possibilities for future growth. 

 

Q: Where is your dream vacation location?
A: My dream vacation is anywhere I travel with my husband. As long as I am traveling with him, I am happy. I’d love to travel back to Japan. It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. 

 

Q: List the top five reasons to support agricultural education.
A: 1. Outstanding job prospects in the industry and in the profession of agricultural education.
     2. Agricultural education professionals work with many outstanding young people excited to learn
         and try new things.
     3. Agricultural education helps young people prepare for future careers.
     4. Agricultural education has a proven record of success through the delivery of a three-component
          model (class/lab instruction, experienced-based education, and leadership development
          through programs like FFA at the secondary level).
     5. Agricultural education and FFA are respected by business and industry.

 

Q: Why should agriculture teachers attend a CASE Institute?
A: CASE Institutes offer intense, quality professional development that is often unmatched by any other professional development they may have received. CASE Institutes offer teachers a network of  colleagues that provide support and feedback for CASE, FFA, or many other aspects of agricultural education. When I was on state staff, I often had teachers contact me, either during the CI, or on their way home, asking how they can get connected for another course. Some may start out a little intimidated with the training, but they leave knowing they have powerful tools available to them and their students that will enhance learning. 

 

Again, we are so very excited and looking forward to Nancy Trivette being a part of our team and the great plans she has for CASE. Welcome Nancy!

Outstanding Teacher Uses Innovative Ways to Improve and Showcase STEM in Agriculture

 

SAN ANTONIO, Tx., November 29, 2018 – Mr. Ryan Maiden, agriculture instructor at Touchet Middle and High Schools in Washington, received the CASE Innovative Award. The CASE Innovation Award highlights a creative classroom and teaching approach as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Mr. Maiden incorporates interactive agriscience notebooks to enhance the learning environment of his classroom by keeping students engaged in all subjects. He uses AVID strategies and Cornell Notes to appeal to all styles of learners. His interactive agriscience notebooks and innovative teaching strategies keep students’ engaged and their work organized.  

Mr. Maiden facilitates professional development as a CASE Lead Teacher and is implementing CASE pathways at his school. Currently, Mr. Maiden teaches Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant, Natural Resources and Ecology, Animal and Plant Biotechnology, and Environmental Science Issues. His program also offers 7th and 8th graders the opportunity to explore agriculture.

Along with receiving his award during the National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention, Mr. Maiden was invited to present a workshop at the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ annual convention. The workshop focused on how to build a rigorous program of study for students, as well as how to incorporate interactive notebooks and other innovative ideas into the classroom. The entire award prize pack included $1,000 worth of science equipment sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, registration to the National Association of Agricultural Educators convention, and a $500 travel stipend.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
is an ambitious project started by the National Council for Agricultural Education in 2007 and is managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The primary goal of CASE is to implement a national curriculum for secondary agricultural education programs that provides high-level educational experiences to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter for students. Besides elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, mathematics, and English language understanding.

CASE develops curriculum utilizing science inquiry for lesson foundation and concepts are taught using activity-, project-, and problem-base instructional strategies. In addition to the curriculum aspect of CASE, the project ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification. For additional information about CASE, please visit www.case4learning.org.

Outstanding CASE Model School Serves as an Inspiration for Leveraging Resources and Support

SAN ANTONIO, Tx., November 29, 2018 – Mrs. Melissa Hageman, an agriculture instructor representing South Winneshiek High School of Iowa, received the CASE Model School Award. The CASE Model School Award recognizes a school whose CASE certified teacher presents CASE in its truest form and offers a structure sequence of CASE courses. Mrs. Hageman began her CASE journey with an Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP) certification, in 2013. From there, she leveraged grants and scholarships to add more certifications to her program at South Winneshiek. She showcased the value of agricultural education to encourage her administration, who now supports CASE implementation in their school. Mrs. Hageman has worked diligently to gain momentum for CASE and has received more than $167,000 through scholarships and grants to support the South Winneshiek High School agricultural education program.

Through the agriculture program at South Winneshiek, Mrs. Hageman was able to field test many of the CASE courses. Currently, Mrs. Hageman teaches Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant, Agricultural Power and Technology, Food Science and Safety, Mechanical Systems in Agriculture, and Agricultural Research Development. Mrs. Hageman’s program offers three CASE Pathways for students, scaffolding learning while ensuring students are prepared to enter college or careers centered in STEM, and engages students in online learning through CASE Online.


Along with receiving her award during the National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention, Mrs. Hageman was invited to present a workshop at the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ annual convention. The workshop focused on how to build a rigorous program of study for students and leverage funding and support for local agricultural education programs. The entire award prize pack included $1,000 worth of science equipment sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, registration to the National Association of Agricultural Educators convention, and a $500 travel stipend.

CASE is an ambitious project started by the National Council for Agricultural Education in 2007 and is managed by the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The primary goal of CASE is to implement a national curriculum for secondary agricultural education programs that provides high-level educational experiences to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter for students. In addition to elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, mathematics, and English language understanding.

CASE develops curriculum utilizing science inquiry for lesson foundation and concepts are taught using activity-, project-, and problem-base instructional strategies. In addition to the curriculum aspect of CASE, the project ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification. For additional information about CASE, please visit www.case4learning.org.

2019 Corteva CASE Implementation Grant Recipients Announced

 

CASE is excited to announce the 2019 Corteva CASE Implementation Grant Recipients! 61 agricultural educators and 12 preservice university programs were selected to receive assistance to implement CASE in their programs. $175,000 was allocated to agricultural educators and $50,000 was directed to preservice programs; a total of $225,000 to support agricultural professionals across the nation!

Preservice Recipients

 

Teacher

School Name

State

Amber Rice

University of Arizona

AZ

Amy Conrad

Purdue University

IN

Anna Warner

Washington State University

WA

Brandie Disberger

Kansas State University

KS

Bryan D. Rank

Arkansas Tech University

AR

Candis Carraway

Stephen F. Austin State University

TX

Jessica M. Blythe

West Virginia University

WV

John Tummons

University of Missouri

MO

Kellie Claflin

Oregon State University

OR

Monte Anderson

Wilmington College

OH

R.G. (Tre) Easterly

The Regents of New Mexico State University

NM

Shari Lighthall

Cornell University

NY

 

 

Teacher Recipients

 

Teacher

School Name

State

Abby Lynn Jacobs

Peotone High School

IL

Alexis Smith

Adair County R-I School District

MO

Alicia Schmidt

Mount Vernon Senior High School

IN

Alicia Torr

Moundridge High School

KS

April Williams

Overton Public School

NE

Ashley Lambert

Pasco High School

WA

Breanna Bregel

Kindred High School

ND

Brent Arndt

Park River Area High School

ND

Brian C. Stokes

Queen Anne's County High School

MD

Brittany D Kloer

Jay County High School

IN

Caitlin Coulsey

Warden High School

WA

Carl Anderson

Southwood Junior-Senior High School

IN

Cheyenne Federau

Fowler Jr./Sr. High School

KS

Christine N Balint

Fairfield Union High School

OH

Clinton Bullock

Beech Grove City Schools

IN

Cody Holliday

Garden Plain High School

KS

Courtney Miller

Miss

ND

Dan'a Borland

Warden High School

WA

Eric Sawatzke

West Central Area High School

MN

Erin S. Murty

GMG High School

IA

Franklin Sullivan

Fulda Public School

MN

Gina Neff

Utica High School

OH

Heidi Barnick

Sheyenne Valley Area CTC

ND

Hunter Coen Parrott

Troy High School

TX

Jaimee Brentano

Mountain View High School

OR

Jason Smith

Midland

IA

Jennifer Marion

Easton Valley High School

IA

Jennifer Russell

Shullsburg School

WI

Jennifer Troyer

Centreville Public Schools

MI

Jenny Wold

Marquette Academy

IL

Jessalyn Schrock

Claremore FFA

OK

Jessica Elizabeth Johnson

Walla Walla High School

WA

Jessica Ronning

Sanborn Central

SD

Jessy Reuterdahl

La Plata R-II

MO

Jon Paul Van Buskirk

Danville Community Schools

IA

Joshua Krieg

Goldendale High School

WA

Katlynn Weathers

Alva FFA

OK

Katrina Tune

Independence High School

CA

Keeley Hall

Minarets High School

CA

Kendra Banzet

Mulvane High School

KS

Lacie Darnell

South Central High School

KS

Leah Lucero

East Valley High School

WA

Lucas Naeger

Westminster High School

CO

Mackenzie Wright

Carroll County High School

KY

Madison Sauer

Donovan Jr./Sr. High School

IL

Mariah Daninger

Goodhue High School

MN

Melanie Berndtson

Wellsboro Area High School

PA

Mercedes Lemke

Gettysburg High School

SD

Natasha Maninga

Greenway High School

MN

Patric Pehrson

Central Public Schools

MN

Patricia Ann Tax

ISD # 484 Pierz Healy High School

MN

Rachel Stoberl

Boyer Valley Community Schools

IA

Raelyn Harris

Aplington-Parkersburg High School

IA

Rhianna Wagner

Mansfield High School

AR

Rick Hodges

Kiefer Public Schools

OK

Robert Meadows

West Greene High School

TN

Stephanie Carpenter

Lafayette County C-1

MO

Sydney L Groen

Warren High School

IL

Thomas Chase Montes

Tulaorsa High School

NM

Todd Hofheins

Oakfield-Alabama-Elba FFA

NY

Zachariah Cooper

Abilene High School

KS

 

 

For the sixth consecutive year Corteva Agriscience (TM), Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (TM), has offered grants to public and private schools and universities to assist with the implementation of CASE. We are very appreciative of Corteva’s continues support!

 

Future grants and scholarships will be available February 2019. For more information, visit the CASE Website: www.case4learning.org/index.php/professional-development/scholarships-grants

This is a feature from the November 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Were you able to stop by the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) booth at National FFA Convention to pick up a preliminary schedule for the 2019 CASE Institutes? If not, don’t worry! CASE has the institute schedule now available on its website. You can click here to see which institutes are taking place next summer and where they will be offered. From Fast Track Institutes, to an online offering for Agricultural Research and Development, and everything in between – you can be sure to find an institute that fits your needs and schedule.

 

When it comes to impactful summer professional development training, CASE stands above the rest. CASE is committed to improving educational experiences for agriculture students by empowering agriculture teachers through rigorous professional development. Time spent at the CASE Institutes are well-balanced between instruction surrounding the curriculum and time sharing best practices. The time commitment during the summer attending a CASE Institute pays off in dividends during the school year, as students experience higher-order learning and problem-solving.

 

Brianne McCauley, an agriculture teacher in West Virginia shares, “CASE has allowed me to spend more time teaching and less time piecing together lessons and writing lesson plans. My students love all of the hands-on labs and activities. They are able to learn not only content, but skills that will make them more attractive to future employers.”

 

CASE prepares both teachers and students for success both in the classroom and beyond. With in-depth labs and classroom experiences, teachers are able to foster a learning environment that caters to each student’s individual learning style. Many teachers have noted that CASE has allowed them to focus less on lesson planning and more on engaging with students to help them understand and process the content in an applicable way.

 

Before registering for next summer’s institutes, there are a few announcements and registration requirements you need to be aware of:

 

  • Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification. Pre-institute homework required. The hours to complete a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute.
  • Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) is a six-week online course with weekly webinars and homework - June 10 - July 29, 2019 (no class week of July 1)

 

Registration for these institutes opens December 1st, but don’t wait to register – many institutes filled quickly last year, so the earlier you can secure your date and funding, the better! Make sure to check the CASE website prior to December 1st for more information about registering.