Victoria Hamilton

South Winneshiek High School Wins CASE Model School Award

Blog Post created by Victoria Hamilton on Dec 18, 2018

Outstanding CASE Model School Serves as an Inspiration for Leveraging Resources and Support

SAN ANTONIO, Tx., November 29, 2018 – Mrs. Melissa Hageman, an agriculture instructor representing South Winneshiek High School of Iowa, received the CASE Model School Award. The CASE Model School Award recognizes a school whose CASE certified teacher presents CASE in its truest form and offers a structure sequence of CASE courses. Mrs. Hageman began her CASE journey with an Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP) certification, in 2013. From there, she leveraged grants and scholarships to add more certifications to her program at South Winneshiek. She showcased the value of agricultural education to encourage her administration, who now supports CASE implementation in their school. Mrs. Hageman has worked diligently to gain momentum for CASE and has received more than $167,000 through scholarships and grants to support the South Winneshiek High School agricultural education program.

Through the agriculture program at South Winneshiek, Mrs. Hageman was able to field test many of the CASE courses. Currently, Mrs. Hageman teaches Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant, Agricultural Power and Technology, Food Science and Safety, Mechanical Systems in Agriculture, and Agricultural Research Development. Mrs. Hageman’s program offers three CASE Pathways for students, scaffolding learning while ensuring students are prepared to enter college or careers centered in STEM, and engages students in online learning through CASE Online.

Along with receiving her award during the National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention, Mrs. Hageman was invited to present a workshop at the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ annual convention. The workshop focused on how to build a rigorous program of study for students and leverage funding and support for local agricultural education programs. The entire award prize pack included $1,000 worth of science equipment sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, registration to the National Association of Agricultural Educators convention, and a $500 travel stipend.

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, mathematics, and English language understanding.

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