This is a feature from the April 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.
It is no secret that the key to increasing the value of your agriculture program is increasing the rigor and relevance of the curriculum offered. Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) understands this and works diligently to provide teachers with the most current agricultural advancements and skill sets through its intensive CASE Institutes.
While the benefits of attending a CASE Institute are innumerable – they do not come without a cost. For those who are not able to receive funding from their school districts to attend a CASE Institute, CASE scholarships, provided by the generous donations of several sponsors, have helped to offset the cost of attending an institute.
“We expect agriculture teachers to be ‘jacks-of-all-trades’ as they must teach a variety of agriculture, natural resources, and mechanics-related subjects, while enhancing core-academic disciplines, such as science and mathematics,” said Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director. “However, agriculture teachers sometimes have minimal training in how to teach the diverse content and skills. Funding provided by all of our scholarship sponsors is essential for teachers to gain cutting-edge professional development experiences with CASE to enhance their teaching practices in order to implement STEM-based courses. The long-term impact of this support will benefit and spark interest in thousands of high school agriculture students.”
This year, CASE is pleased to announce that the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) has sponsored 32 scholarships valued at $2,000 each for the Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) institutes. Both of these courses are part of the CASE agricultural engineering pathway and the goal of the scholarship is to support workforce development and spark student interest in the equipment manufacturing industry. To view this year’s recipients, click here.
“By leading a teacher scholarship program in partnership with Equipment Dealers Association, we have a great opportunity to help make students more aware of and excited about the opportunities on the equipment side of the Ag industry,” said Curt Blades, Senior Vice President of Ag Services at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “AEM is fully committed to workforce development and we are proud to help provide 32 teachers the training that will help them fully engage their students in the opportunities available in agriculture.”
In addition to those scholarships, the CHS Foundation and Firestone, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation have also helped provide teachers with the opportunity to enhance the science of agriculture in their classrooms. The CHS Foundation awarded 54 scholarships of $1,500 and one scholarship of $1,000 to attend any CASE Institute. Follow this link to see who was selected. Firestone awarded four scholarships of $400 for the MSA Institute. Click here to see who was chosen.
For agriculture teachers in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island, Farm Credit East also provided nine scholarship opportunities to attend any CASE Institute. See who was selected here.
This year, nearly 100 agriculture teachers are able to spend their summer enhancing the rigor and relevance of their agriculture curriculum thanks to the generous support of many sponsors. Just think of the impact they will be able to make in their students’ lives as they develop them into critical thinkers and problem solvers in their classrooms through CASE curriculum.
Interested in attending a CASE Institute this summer? Follow this link to learn more about CASE and which institutes are still available.