This is an article from the June 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
For the eighth year in a row, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education has offered scholarship opportunities for agriculture teachers looking to enhance STEM in their curriculum through CASE training. This year, CASE was able to offer three different scholarships, totaling over $49,000, which will provide 38 agriculture teachers the opportunity to attend a CASE Institute.
CASE Institutes provide exceptional professional development for agriculture teachers, but at times it can be difficult for teachers to find the funds to attend the institutes. It is thanks to these scholarship opportunities that agriculture teachers are able to attend CASE Institutes, and in turn, provide their students with rigorous curriculum that shines light on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics core concepts which are a vital part of agricultural science.
“The CASE model is a tremendous resource for any teacher,” said Jim Kaltenbach, agriculture teacher at Peoria High School, in Peoria, Ariz. “It has freed me from so many monotonous teacher tasks, and now I can focus on being the best advisor, manager, and relationship builder I can be. CASE training and resources help me both inside and outside my classroom. Winning the CHS Foundation Scholarship made it possible for me to participate this year in the Agricultural Research Development (ARD) Institute. Without this scholarship it would not have been possible for our program to acquire this training.”
This year’s scholarships were provided through the CHS Foundation and Impact FFA as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, as well as through Farm Credit East.
“Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of Northeast agriculture,” said Michael Brooks, Farm Credit East director and chair of the Board’s AgInitiative Committee. “This investment in continued teacher education will have a multiplier impact by helping to further develop and inspire the next generation of agricultural leaders.”
The 2017 CASE scholarship recipients were selected based upon a variety of criteria, including financial need and potential program impact.
- 2017 CHS Foundation CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients
- 2017 Impact FFA CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients
- 2017 Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients
Since 2009, CASE has certified 1,369 teachers from 41 states. For more information about CASE, including scholarships, institutes, curriculum and more, please follow this link.
Thank you to the CHS Foundation, Impact FFA, and Farm Credit East for providing this year’s CASE Institute scholarship funding.