This is an article from the May 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
After a great three-day professional development training session, this year’s 76 selected CASE Lead Teachers are excited and ready to facilitate their upcoming institutes! Just a couple of weeks ago, every CASE Lead Teacher gathered in Minneapolis, Minn., for CASE Lead Teacher Orientation.
CASE Lead Teachers are CASE certified teachers who facilitate the instruction of a CASE Institute. They have exceptional passion for promoting student success and wish to share the CASE experience with their peers in agricultural education. CASE Lead Teachers are selected through a highly-competitive application process. This year, 10 new CASE Lead Teachers were selected from a pool of 50 applicants.
Once selected, CASE Lead Teachers are required to attend and participate in Lead Teacher Orientation. This specialized training session is a time for learning, energizing and encouraging one another, and strengthening professional connections. The focus of this orientation was to provide CASE Lead Teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively facilitate their institutes and provide them time to collaboratively plan professional development facilitation for their summer institutes.
This year’s orientation featured special guest, Drew Perkins, of TeachThought, and centered on questioning in the inquiry agriscience classroom. CASE Lead Teachers were given the opportunity to practice the use of Questioning Formulation Techniques (QFT). The Lead Teachers also gained hands-on experiences with new Vernier sensors, as well as some creative inspiration on how to use LabQuests and sensors, thanks to Vernier representative David Carter.
CASE Lead Teachers also learned how to use new technology resources like iMovie to enhance the learning experience at their respective institutes. In addition, they spent time focusing on how to capture great learning moments for professional portfolios and how to create a professional learning community with teachers at their CASE Institute.
CASE Lead Teachers are ready for some fantastic learning experiences this summer! They hope you are excited and ready as well to dig deep into the STEM of agriculture, so that your students have the tools to think critically, problem solve, and be truly engaged in their agricultural education experience.
Still looking for a CASE Institute to attend? There is still time! Follow this link to see which CASE Institutes still have available spots and secure yours today!