Outstanding Teacher Uses Innovative Ways to Improve and Showcase STEM in Agriculture
NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Brooklyn Bush, agriculture instructor at Tillamook High School, in Oregon, received the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Innovation Award. The CASE Innovation Award highlights creative classroom and teaching approaches as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE curriculum.
As a CASE teacher, Bush uses the Food Science and Safety curriculum to develop industry partnerships with the Tillamook County Creamery Association, Tillamook Smoker, Pacific Seafood, and Werner Meats. These partnerships inform students of employment opportunities in the agriculture industry, and foster a network of support between her students and members of the community. Bush looks forward to expanding community partnerships with Tillamook Bay Community College, for her students to have the opportunity to earn college credits and industry credentials.
Along with receiving the CASE Innovation Award, Bush presented a workshop at the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ annual convention. The workshop showcased how to build industry, community, and post-secondary education partnerships through teaching CASE courses.
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. In addition to elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
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.
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