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This is an article from the February 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

You’re making plans to attend a CASE Institute this summer. Whether you’ve attended an institute before, or this is your maiden voyage into CASE curriculum, finding the appropriate funding for this professional development opportunity can be difficult. Thanks to generous contributions from two sponsors, you may be closer to securing those funds than you think.

 

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This year the CHS Foundation, through the National FFA Foundation, is providing partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. This program is for current agriculture teachers who are employed to teach at least one CASE course in 2017 or individuals who are actively seeking employment as an agriculture teacher in the summer or fall of 2017 in a school where CASE courses are taught. You can find more information about this scholarship opportunity here. The deadline to apply for the CHS Foundation CASE Institute Scholarship is February 28th.

 

If you are an agriculture teacher in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, or Rhode Island, check out the Farm Credit East partial CASE Institute scholarships. These scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of a CASE Institute, not exceeding $1,000. You can find more information about this scholarship here, along with the application. The deadline to apply for the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship is April 28th and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

 

case2.jpgThese scholarships can truly make a difference in your CASE Institute experience. Buddy Crass, agriculture teacher at Seymour High School, in Seymour, Tenn., can attest to the benefits of receiving a scholarship and how that directly impacts an agriculture program.

 

"I have received two scholarships the past three years. These scholarships are huge because the school system has not been able to secure funding to pay the entire institute amount. The first scholarship afforded me the opportunity to attend the Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant. Last year, I attended Natural Resources and Ecology," said Crass. 

 

Crass is not the only beneficiary of the CASE Institutes. His students also reap huge rewards for his attendance and certification.

 

"CASE allows the student to learn and grow and also develop skills that can be utilized in other high school courses, said Crass. "They benefit from the APP format, spiraling; and scaffolding and the variance of rigor from low to high."

 

You can take advantage of these scholarships too! For more information about CASE Scholarship and Grant opportunities, follow this link.

 

Still looking for more information on attending a CASE Institute this summer? Check out the full listing of institutes here.

 

Thanks again to the CHS Foundation and Farm Credit East for providing our agriculture teachers with financial support to enhance both their classrooms and professional skills.

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