As we wrap up another great school year in agricultural education, we can look forward to great professional development opportunities with Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) this summer. Whether you are heading off to your very first CASE Institute or you are a Lead Teacher, there are so many wonderful things to learn and add to your curriculum, so that you can continue to grow as a professional.
Regardless of your current status in your teaching career (brand-new to well-seasoned and everything in between), CASE has something all ag teachers and their programs can benefit from. For Paul Larson, a 32-year classroom veteran at Freedom High School, in Freedom, Wisconsin, CASE breathed new life into his agriculture program. He is currently certified in Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant.
By providing Larson with new inquiry-based labs and instructional concepts, he has been able to elevate the levels of learning in his classes, which he hopes will continue as he nears retirement and a new agriculture teacher begins his/her career at Freedom High School.
“As I near retirement, I want my school to be an exciting and vibrant choice to attract a new, young teacher,” said Larson. “Having CASE certificates and equipment in place allows them the flexibility to just get trained and then be fully ready to go. As I look at transitioning out of my program, I want to have as many options and opportunities available to my replacement to help assure their success as a teacher.”
Larson attributes his affinity for CASE curriculum to the Lead Teachers who present the CASE Institutes.
“They are excellent teachers who demonstrate how to best use the curriculum in practical methods to assure students achieve success,” added Larson.
At the other end of the spectrum, CASE also provides great knowledge and resources for new agriculture teachers. For Riley Hintzsche, agriculture teacher at Streator Township High School, in Streator, Illinois, CASE has allowed his first five years in the classroom to be more student-focused. Hintzsche is able to facilitate learning and cater his instruction to each of his students’ learning styles and abilities.
“CASE has allowed my classroom to become a strong, student-centered ecosystem, where students can explore learning at their own pace through a structured approach,” said Hintzsche. “Additionally, students are able to take ownership of their learning. By allowing students to explore at their own pace and apply the concepts of CASE, the students learn how to problem-solve and collaborate with one another.”
Hintzsche is currently CASE certified in Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal, and Natural Resources and Ecology. This summer he will be a Lead Teacher for the Natural Resources and Ecology Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis.
No matter where you are in your teaching career, it is never too late – or too early – to add CASE to your program and instruction. Professional development is one way we can all continue to grow and learn, and CASE offers exceptional, rigorous training that will allow both you and your students to reach the next level of learning.
Interested in learning more about CASE and to check out which institutes still have available spots for this summer? Follow this link to learn more and register TODAY!