In recognition of National Environmental Education week April 14-20, The Curriculum for Agricultural Science EducationTM (CASE) and National FFA Organization today announced new environmental and natural resource leadership opportunities for teachers and students, through continuing grant support from The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS).
The Mosaic grant provides scholarships for 40 teachers from 15 states to attend CASE Institutes this summer, where they will receive intense professional development in preparation for implementing CASE curriculums in schools. Students studying the Natural Resources and Ecology Curriculum will learn conservation history, energy and waste, forestry, wildlife, sustainable agriculture and management.
Based on field-testing feedback from the 40 teachers, CASE Institute will refine the Natural Resources and Ecology Curriculum, and then make it available on a wider scale during the 2014 school year.
"Mosaic's long-term support of the Natural Resources and Ecology Curriculum, including its sponsorship of teacher training, creates a means for teachers to use natural resources and ecology education to help students be career and college ready by the time they graduate high school," said Dan Jansen, CASE project director.
Mosaic's renewed support also finances leadership development in environmental and natural resources for select applicants of FFA's 550,000 student members. Students will develop environmental and natural leadership skills through experiential education, leadership development activities, a national proficiency award and career development event.
"Mosaic is driven by our mission to help the world grow the food it needs, and our commitment to protecting critical natural resources through conservation agriculture, watershed restoration, and nutrient stewardship is solidly reflected in CASE's efforts to prepare top graduates who will help solve complex global food and water challenges," said Chris Lambe, Director of Social Responsibility at The Mosaic Company.
The National FFA Organization, CASE and Mosaic Company partnership is a special project of the National FFA Foundation. For more information about CASE, visit www.case4learning.org