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This is a feature from the February 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Looking for ways to help cover the cost of attending a CASE Institute this summer? Thanks to the generous support from several of our sponsors, CASE is now offering multiple CASE Institute scholarship opportunities for agriculture teachers to network and grow professionally, as they work to enhance STEM in their curriculum and programs.

 

For those interested in attending their first CASE Institute, or wanting to continue their professional development training to offer higher-level CASE courses or additional pathways, there are partial scholarships now available. Thanks to the support of Cargill and the CHS Foundation, through the National FFA Foundation, agriculture teachers can apply for partial CASE Institute scholarships which range from $1,500 to $2,000 to attend any CASE Institute offered this summer. Along with that opportunity, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) and the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association (FEMA), are generously sponsoring partial CASE Institute scholarships specifically for the Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institutes. Each of these scholarships are valued at $2,000.

 

“Since its inception, EDA’s Foundation, the Equipment Dealers Foundation, has provided scholarships for students looking to begin or further a career in ag,” said Joe Dykes, VP of Industry Relations for EDA. “Now we are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with AEM and CASE to promote the value of an agricultural education from the other side of the classroom. Sponsoring scholarships for teachers is consistent with one of the Foundation’s most important goals, workforce development. The specific programs we’re sponsoring are aimed at closing the skills gap, or the gap between supply and demand for equipment technicians – a major issue in our industry right now. We believe working together to get people excited to teach and learn about agriculture is the best way to grow and sustain interest in our industry.”

 

Are you ready to get started planning a great summer of professional development that will transform your curriculum? Make sure to take a look at these opportunities and check out the current CASE Institute schedule here.

 

Applications for these CASE Institute scholarships are due by February 28th. For more information about the scholarships and to apply, follow this link.

 

Thank you to our sponsors!

 

             

 

                   

Andrea Fristoe

Welcome Nancy!

Posted by Andrea Fristoe Jan 17, 2019

This is a feature from the January 2019 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

We are happy to announce that Nancy Trivette has joined the team as the new Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Project Director.

 

She recently retired as the New Jersey CASE State Leader and Program Leader for Agricultural Education at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. She also served as the New Jersey State FFA Advisor.

 

Trivette has been a part of the CASE Advisory Committee since 2007 and has chaired the CASE Executive Committee throughout the last 10 years. We are very excited to have her on staff and look forward to the great contributions she will add to the CASE initiative.

 

Here is a brief Q&A to help you get to know Nancy a little bit better:

 

Q: How many years have you been involved in agricultural education?
A: I have been involved in agricultural education for 35 years. I retired from the state of New Jersey, Department of Agriculture on December 31, 2018. 

 

Q: What roles have you served in agricultural education?
A: I spent the majority of my career in a state staff position, first as FFA Specialist starting in 1983, and then as State Program Leader for Agricultural Education since 1999. Both of those positions provided me the opportunity to work with state officers as FFA Executive Secretary and as State FFA Advisor. Being State Program Leader has connected me to agriculture teachers, school administrators and post-secondary faculty. I have also been the CASE State Leader for New Jersey since CASE’s inception in 2007. In addition to my state roles, I have had the awesome opportunity to serve on several national boards, including the National FFA Board of Directors, National FFA Board of Trustees, National FFA Alumni Council, National Association of Supervisors of Agricultural Education, and the National Council for Agricultural Education. I have served on the National CASE Advisory Committee, and chaired the Executive Committee. I am currently serving as the President-Elect of the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE).

 

Q: Why is CASE important to you?
A: In my opinion, CASE has been the most impactful program for agricultural education teachers, students, and school districts in my 35 years because of its intense professional development, curriculum that is directly connected to current and future business and industry needs, and its assessment components that allow teachers, schools, and others to evaluate learning. Additionally, because CASE is STEM-based and academically rigorous, some postsecondary institutions offer college credit for high school courses. This is a true program of study model. 

 

Q: What goals do you have for the CASE initiative?
A: My goals include strengthening CASE connections with all aspects and partners of agricultural education to create a greater awareness of CASE, stay connected to industry innovations, and to serve a broad-based agriculture, food and natural resources industry. I hope to further develop and build partnerships with education entities from middle school to post-secondary education. I also plan to promote CASE’s outstanding teacher professional development, inquiry/STEM-based curriculum, assessment tools, and potential for college credit to new and expanded audiences.

 

Q: What are you looking forward to most about working with the CASE and NAAE staff?
A: I am very excited about the potential to collaborate among all aspects of our profession. I especially think there is room to expand our thinking and gain greater results by bringing together all team players at NAAE. I hope this will also include FFA when appropriate. This type of collaboration will help CASE grow. Working with programs like Teach Ag and others, we can all impact our teacher supply, diversity of students and teachers, and increase quality programs.

 

Q: What is your favorite hobby?
A: I have been passionate about running and biking over the last decade. I usually start my day with some form of exercise. It helps me process my thoughts and prepare for my day. I am always happiest when I return from a run or a ride.

 

Q: What inspires you?
A:  I get inspired when I can help people succeed. Whether it is students, teachers, administrators, or other colleagues, I love to help them see the possibilities for future growth. 

 

Q: Where is your dream vacation location?
A: My dream vacation is anywhere I travel with my husband. As long as I am traveling with him, I am happy. I’d love to travel back to Japan. It is a beautiful country with beautiful people. 

 

Q: List the top five reasons to support agricultural education.
A: 1. Outstanding job prospects in the industry and in the profession of agricultural education.
     2. Agricultural education professionals work with many outstanding young people excited to learn
         and try new things.
     3. Agricultural education helps young people prepare for future careers.
     4. Agricultural education has a proven record of success through the delivery of a three-component
          model (class/lab instruction, experienced-based education, and leadership development
          through programs like FFA at the secondary level).
     5. Agricultural education and FFA are respected by business and industry.

 

Q: Why should agriculture teachers attend a CASE Institute?
A: CASE Institutes offer intense, quality professional development that is often unmatched by any other professional development they may have received. CASE Institutes offer teachers a network of  colleagues that provide support and feedback for CASE, FFA, or many other aspects of agricultural education. When I was on state staff, I often had teachers contact me, either during the CI, or on their way home, asking how they can get connected for another course. Some may start out a little intimidated with the training, but they leave knowing they have powerful tools available to them and their students that will enhance learning. 

 

Again, we are so very excited and looking forward to Nancy Trivette being a part of our team and the great plans she has for CASE. Welcome Nancy!

This is a feature from the November 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Were you able to stop by the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) booth at National FFA Convention to pick up a preliminary schedule for the 2019 CASE Institutes? If not, don’t worry! CASE has the institute schedule now available on its website. You can click here to see which institutes are taking place next summer and where they will be offered. From Fast Track Institutes, to an online offering for Agricultural Research and Development, and everything in between – you can be sure to find an institute that fits your needs and schedule.

 

When it comes to impactful summer professional development training, CASE stands above the rest. CASE is committed to improving educational experiences for agriculture students by empowering agriculture teachers through rigorous professional development. Time spent at the CASE Institutes are well-balanced between instruction surrounding the curriculum and time sharing best practices. The time commitment during the summer attending a CASE Institute pays off in dividends during the school year, as students experience higher-order learning and problem-solving.

 

Brianne McCauley, an agriculture teacher in West Virginia shares, “CASE has allowed me to spend more time teaching and less time piecing together lessons and writing lesson plans. My students love all of the hands-on labs and activities. They are able to learn not only content, but skills that will make them more attractive to future employers.”

 

CASE prepares both teachers and students for success both in the classroom and beyond. With in-depth labs and classroom experiences, teachers are able to foster a learning environment that caters to each student’s individual learning style. Many teachers have noted that CASE has allowed them to focus less on lesson planning and more on engaging with students to help them understand and process the content in an applicable way.

 

Before registering for next summer’s institutes, there are a few announcements and registration requirements you need to be aware of:

 

  • Fast track institutes are for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification. Pre-institute homework required. The hours to complete a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard institute.
  • Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) is a six-week online course with weekly webinars and homework - June 10 - July 29, 2019 (no class week of July 1)

 

Registration for these institutes opens December 1st, but don’t wait to register – many institutes filled quickly last year, so the earlier you can secure your date and funding, the better! Make sure to check the CASE website prior to December 1st for more information about registering.

This is a feature from the October 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Deadline to Apply: October 31, 2018

 

Looking to implement CASE in your agriculture program, but not sure how to fund it? Check out the CASE Implementation Grant from Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. For the sixth year in a row, the program formally known as the DuPont Pioneer CASE Implementation Grant Program, is offering grants to public and private schools and universities looking to add CASE to their programs.

 

“In our Corteva Agriscience purpose, we have a focus on ensuring progress for generations to come,” said Krysta Harden, Vice President of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Office at Corteva Agriscience. “Supporting our agricultural educators through CASE grants ensures teachers have the resources they need to prepare youth to see themselves in careers in the agriculture industry. We can’t thank our hard working agricultural educators enough.”

 

Teachers are eligible to apply for grants up to $5,000 that could cover the cost of attending a CASE Institute, as well as purchasing classroom equipment, supplies, textbooks, and software. To be eligible for these grants, each applicant must be an agriculture teacher who is employed to teach at least one CASE course in a school in the fall of 2019, or actively seeking employment as an agriculture teacher beginning in the summer or fall of 2019 in a school where CASE courses will be taught.

 

Pre-service agricultural education programs are able to apply for up to $7,500 to host a CASE Institute specifically for pre-service agriculture teachers.

 

Each application submitted must include the following:

  • A grant budget including the estimated registration fee for the CASE course the teacher wishes to attend and/or supplies, equipment, textbooks, and software for CASE implementation.
  • A narrative (approximately 500 words) detailing the grant's potential impact on students, agricultural education program, school, teacher, and/or community; and
  • A letter of support from a program supporter such as an administrator, local ag industry leader, advisory council member, or parent of a currently enrolled student indicating the commitment to the CASE initiative.

 

Grant awardees will be announced in December. To complete your application, follow this link. For more information about this opportunity, contact Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

 

Make sure to submit your application by October 31st!

This is a feature from the September 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

This summer, 576 current and future agriculture teachers received CASE training certifications that they will be able to use this school year. As the push for STEM education continues, teachers are recognizing the importance of receiving rigorous professional development in the area of agriscience. CASE Institutes train agriculture teachers to enhance their agricultural curriculum with complex scientific concepts in a hands-on manner that focuses on higher order thinking in the classroom.  

 

Here are this year’s numbers:

  • AFNR: 183, including 34 pre-service teachers
  • ASA: 133, including 55 pre-service teachers
  • ASP: 66
  • APT: 75
  • NRE: 45
  • APB: 19
  • FSS: 33
  • MSA: 14 (including two Lead Teachers)
  • ARD: 8

 

The number of certifications will continue to grow as the University of Arizona adds six AFNR certifications for pre-service teachers, along with 19 additional pre-service teachers at Kansas State University, who will also be certified in AFNR this fall. CASE training and certification options for pre-service teachers continue to grow as postsecondary agricultural education programs look to find innovative ways to prepare their students for their teaching careers.

 

There are a few models being used at various postsecondary institutions to provide pre-service teachers with CASE certification. The first model integrates CASE Institute programming into the current pre-service coursework for graduation/licensing requirements. Another model uses standalone institutes during or after pre-service coursework to certify students. Both models provide pre-service agriculture teachers with access to CASE materials and help reinforce sound instructional techniques, while also providing a roadmap to design future courses of their own. Universities using CASE in their pre-service preparation programs are finding incredible results for enhanced student teaching performance and preparation.

 

To learn more about offering CASE certification as a part of your university pre-service program, check out the CASE Pre-service Host Planning Guide or contact the CASE Pre-service Coordinator, Dan Jansen.

 

For more information about CASE and to start planning for your CASE training next summer, follow this link.

This is a feature from the August 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Each year Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) provides rigorous professional development opportunities to agriculture teachers across the nation. As CASE continues to grow and more agriculture teachers become interested and involved in the training, more opportunities for funding support are coming available to help supplement the cost of attending the institutes. At the national level, scholarships and grants are offered by numerous sponsors. In total, 122 teachers were able to attend at least one CASE Institute this summer thanks to the generous support of these national scholarship sponsors.

 

However, CASE can be costly to implement for teachers once they return to their classrooms. Thankfully, agriculture industry partners are beginning to recognize a need for funding the equipment and supplies necessary to fully implement CASE in the classroom. In Kansas, CASE has taken on a whole new meaning for agricultural education. As one of the nation’s largest corn producers, Kansas is at the forefront of advanced technologies and science in agriculture. CASE became a focus of the Kansas Corn Commission in the fall of 2016, as means of preparing students to enter the agriculture industry with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful contributors to the current advancements in agriculture.

 

“Teachers who receive CASE training learn and practice curriculum that will help engage their students with hands-on learning, activities and labs,” said Kansas Corn’s Director of Education, Sharon Thielen, PhD. “We understand that lab equipment can be expensive to teach some of the labs, so we want to offer some financial support for our agriculture teachers and students.”

 

Along with Renew Kansas, the state’s ethanol association, they fund equipment for Kansas CASE Certified Teachers to implement the following CASE labs:

 

  • Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) Activity 6.1.5 Clean Smoke
  • Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Activity 5.3.1 Energy in Feed
  • Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) Activity 5.1.4 Renewable Fuel
  • Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) Activity 5.1.6 Energy Output

 

Since 2017, Kansas Corn and Renew Kansas have provided CASE supplies to 82 agriculture teachers in Kansas, averaging $1,600 in financial assistance per teacher. This summer, they also offered CASE training to both CASE certified and non-CASE certified teachers for the Clean Smoke and Energy in Feed labs. Thirty-two teachers participated in the training, 15 of whom had no previous CASE training.

 

“The support the Kansas Corn and Renew Kansas has given to agricultural education across Kansas has changed the rigor of instruction for high school students,” said Dr. Jonathan Ulmer, Associate Professor of Agricultural Education at Kansas State University. “We could not have impacted agricultural education at this level without them.”

 

Kansas Corn and Renew Kansas are also supporting workshops at the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators (KAAE) state conference. CASE training for Clean Smoke and Energy and Feed labs will be available to all agriculture teachers at KAAE Summer Conference each year.

 

“It is important that educators know how to link the lab activities and results to the benefits of the ethanol industry,” added Thielen. “We have provided training videos that will assist with teaching the labs as well as resources to give background information about our industry.”

 

So far, Kansas Corn and Renew Kansas have invested $87,400 in their state’s agriculture teachers, and they plan to continue their support for many years to come.

For more information about the Kansas Corn Commission and its support of CASE, follow this link.

Click here for additional information about CASE and how you can enhance the science in your agricultural curriculum.

 

            

This is a feature from the July 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

We’re at the half-way mark of July, which means Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Institutes are well underway. Over 500 current and future agriculture teachers are spending their summer enhancing the science in their agricultural curriculum. For some this is a brand new professional development experience, while others who are more experienced with CASE are taking advantage of the new fast-track institutes. We would like to take a few moments to highlight some great teachers who are preparing to upgrade their curriculum with CASE!

 

Tara Leytham, agriculture teacher at BCLUW High School in Conrad, Iowa, is taking CASE to a whole new level. After attending three institutes this summer, she will be CASE certified in Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant, Natural Resources and Ecology, and Food Science and Safety.

 

“CASE always amazes me with how they are able to incorporate the STEM factor in their curriculum,” said Leytham. “Students are able to gain critical 21st-century skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in an engaging manner. They are able to apply higher-order methodology to real-life scenarios and become better problem-solvers.”

 

Leytham has completed two of the three institutes she has planned on her CASE journey this summer. She is looking forward to her time in Alaska for the Natural Resources and Ecology institute, where she will be able to gain the tools her students need to expand their knowledge beyond hunting and fishing.

 

Another teacher who decided to take the plunge for the first time with CASE this summer is Greg Schneider, agriculture teacher at Greensburg Community Schools in Greensburg, Indiana. Schneider attended the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources institute at the University of Kentucky. From his experiences, he was able to gain an in-depth understanding of the pedagogy behind inquiry-based learning and instruction, while stepping in to the role of his students.

 

“As an educator, regular professional development is paramount in keeping your enthusiasm and skill sets at a productive and relevant level,” said Schneider. “A willingness to always re-invent your teaching and curriculum is the main difference between a career spent teaching 20 years and a career spent teaching one year, 20 times.”

Schneider is looking forward to learning alongside his students this upcoming school year and plans to attend additional institutes in the future.

 

“Animal science and agricultural power and technology are two very popular courses in the Greensburg agriculture program, so I definitely see those institutes as having an immediate impact,” added Schneider. “I personally like natural resource management, so the NRE institute is also on my radar.”

 

Whether you have already attended an institute this summer, or are gearing up to go, we hope you are able to develop the knowledge and skills you need to take your students’ learning to a whole level with inquiry-based instruction.

 

Interested in learning more about CASE? Follow this link for information on curriculum, course pathways, scholarships, and more!

This is a feature from the June 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

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Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is continuing to prepare students across the nation through industry and critical thinking skills with the addition of its Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) course. As a specialization-level course, MSA is designed to provide students with rigorous applications in the agricultural engineering field. Throughout the course, students will use technical skills to investigate small engines, agricultural structures, automation, and technology. As a result, they will become competent in the process used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment.

 

As with all CASE courses, the MSA course has been carefully designed to scaffold student learning within the course and throughout the agricultural engineering pathway. Students will gain hands-on experiences with engineering design, computer aided design, 3D printing, structural systems, small engines, robotics, mechanical drivetrains, fluid power, and geographic information and global positioning systems.

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The field test CASE Institute for this course is scheduled for July in Iowa. Mark Meyer and John Bergin have been selected as the Lead Teachers for this institute. Both Meyer and Bergin have been involved with CASE for many

years and are looking forward to working with the teachers selected for this year’s field test.

 

“This CASE course combines my passion for agriculture, mechanical ‘things,’ science, and engineering,” said Meyer. “Topics like robotics, electricity, CAD, 3D printing, pneumatics, and a systems approach to small engines are things that I love learning about and want to share with teachers and students.”

 

Through their combined experience and passion for agricultural mechanics, Meyer and Bergin offer teachers in the field test course expert knowledge and insight into properly implementing the MSA curriculum into their agriculture programs.

 

"Specialization level courses are unique," said Bergin. "The MSA course takes you out of the monoculture 'shop project' curriculum and allows students to engage with the science behind agricultural mechanics."

 

As STEM continues to be a hot topic in the education field, it is a priority that agricultural education continues to grow and enhance its curriculum with science-based applications. The MSA course is an excellent example of developing higher-order thinking and problem solving in agricultural mechanics curriculum.

 

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“The core goal of both MSA and APT is to prepare students to be independent problem solvers in the agricultural mechanics field by in engaging students in core science principles, technical skills, engineering skills and math applications,” said Carl Aakre, CASE Curriculum Coordinator for the MSA course.

 

Students enrolled in the MSA course will be able to practice technical skills including reading prints, troubleshooting machines, documenting an engine teardown and assembly, reading schematics, researching machine replacement parts, and calculating production efficiencies. They will also delve into agricultural engineering and gain experience with prototype development, computer aided design (CAD), 3D printing, documentation of machine processes, machine automation and programming, testing designs for structural integrity, and calculating machine speed and power. The course will conclude with a final engineering project, which students choose based upon their course experiences and personal interest.

 

CASE would like to thank its sponsors John Deere and Firestone for sponsoring the development of the Mechanical Systems in Agriculture course, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

For more information about this course follow this link.

 

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This is a feature from the May 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link

 

This year the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE), on behalf of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) initiative, is pleased to announce the 2018 CASE Pathway Adoption Grant Program. Funding for this program was provided by a USDA Professional Development Opportunity for Secondary School Teachers (PD-STEP) grant.

 

This grant program is a two-year opportunity that will provide a select cohort of teachers the opportunity to be trained to implement the complete CASE Animal or Plant Science Pathway in their agriculture programs. CASE is pleased to announce 22 teachers have been selected for this opportunity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the following teachers who will be involved in this specialized training:

Clinton Bullock
Beech Grove High School, IN
Susan Krummen
Alta-Aurelia High School, IA
Tiffany Dugan
Northwest High School, MO
Pebbles Lacross
The Sound School, CT
Jamie Gray
Owatonna Senior High School, MN
Ryan Maiden
Touchet School District, WA
Tamra Herschbach
Yerington High School, NV
Jennifer Mason
Grandview High School, WA
Nichole Hirt
Indian River High School, NY
Laura Miller
Junction City High School, KS
Nicki Honan
West Nodaway R-I, MO
Darla Romberger
Cumberland Valley High School, PA
Tiffany Hoy
Tyrone Area High School, PA
Jennifer Russell
Shullsburg Schools, WI
Jacob Hunter
North Scott Community School District, IA
Alicia Schmidt
Mount Vernon Senior High School, IN
Andrea Kirby
Bryan Station Middle School, KY
Alan Spencer
Red Oak High School, IA
Joshua Krieg
Goldendale High School, WA
Karen Van De Walle
Sumner Fredericksburg High School, IA
Trish Krug
Dakota JR/SR High School, IL
Lee Wright
Tygarts Valley Middle High School, WV

 

IMG_5134.jpgThese CASE teachers were selected based upon prior certification in Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) and either Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal (ASA) or Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant (ASP), along with their completion of an application process, detailing the potential educational and financial impact of this grant for their students and program.

 

Through this grant, the selected teachers are able to attend either the Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB) or Food Science and Safety (FSS) CASE Institutes this summer, and complete their pathway training with the Agricultural Research and Development (ARD) CASE Institute online either in the fall of 2018 or summer of 2019.

 

In addition to the registration costs for these courses, the selected teachers will also receive up to 55 CASE Online accounts to use over the next two years for students enrolled in specialization and capstone courses to complete End-of-Course Assessments. They will also receive $500 in Ward’s Science products and a 25% Ward’s Science discount to assist in the implementation of the specialization and capstone CASE courses.

 

CASE looks forward to working with this cohort of teachers over the next two years to continue to expand CASE pathway offerings and enhance the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in the agricultural context. They would also like to thank the USDA PD-STEP grant program for providing this unique opportunity for agriculture teachers across the nation.

 

For more information about CASE, follow this link.

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.

 

Slider_2.jpgIt 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.”

 

DSC04532.jpgThis 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.

 

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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.  

 

 

 

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This is an article from the March 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

It’s no secret that implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in your classroom helps to enhance the science in agriculture for both you and your students. By placing agricultural principles and ideas under a microscope – both literally and figuratively – students are able to think, inquire, and achieve at higher levels in your classroom.

 

To help aid in the learning process in your classroom, CASE has designed End of Course (EoC) Assessments to be implemented with each of its courses. These assessments provide CASE teachers with the opportunity to set benchmarks for learning, then assess and track each student’s progress.

 

Two versions of each exam are available for teachers to use as pre-test/post-test options, or however they feel appropriate for their classroom setting. With a CASE Online subscription, teachers are also given access to an open database of questions, which are aligned with the course concepts. This database of questions allows teachers to develop mid-terms and other exams throughout a CASE course – a great way to check for student learning along the way!

 

“CASE exams are designed to challenge the thinking of students,” said Dr. Dan Jansen, CASE Project Director. “There are no easy or obvious answers, even though most questions are in a multiple choice format. CASE exams are designed just as the daily lessons are – to inspire critical thinking and problem-solving.”

 

It is more important now than ever to track student learning, so that administrators and parents are able to see the value of what is being taught in the classroom. With the use of CASE EoCs, agriculture teachers are able to show the impact of their curriculum and how agricultural science helps students better understand scientific concepts through a non-biased standardized testing option. In many cases, students are also able to earn college credits with articulating institutions by passing CASE EoCs. 

 

Here’s a quick look at the performance data collected for the CASE EoCs last year:

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Interested in adding CASE End of Course Assessments to your classroom? CASE now offers a new purchase option for EoCs. Teachers can now purchase just the assessments separate from the entire CASE Online subscription package. Check out the CASE Online Ordering Guide or contact Sara Cobb for more information about this option.

 

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Still on the fence about CASE? Check out the CASE website for more information about CASE courses, institutes, and how you can enhance the science of agriculture in your classroom.

 

This is an article from the February 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Are you interested in attending a CASE Institute this summer? Are you looking for financial support to fund your professional development experience? Are you worried your administration won’t help pay your way?

 

CASE understands that although its professional development offerings have the potential to revolutionize your classroom and program, there is a financial commitment involved. This is why there are numerous scholarship and grant opportunities available thanks to the generous sponsors who support CASE and agricultural education.

This year, there are three separate scholarship categories available.

 

The first is a partial CASE Institute Scholarship of $2,000 to attend the Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) or Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institutes. These scholarships are provided by the Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA).

 

The second opportunity is for a partial CASE Institute Scholarship of $1,500 to attend any CASE Institute. Priority will be given to teachers who are attending Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE) CASE Institutes. These scholarships are provided by the CHS Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

The third opportunity is for a partial CASE Institute Scholarship of $1,600 to attend the Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) field test CASE Institute. This opportunity is provided by Firestone as a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

 

The scholarship application is due on February 28, 2018. For more information regarding these CASE Scholarship and Grant opportunities click here, or direct your questions to Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org.

 

In addition to these scholarship and grant opportunities, there is an additional scholarship available for teachers from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. (Please note, this excludes Clinton and Essex counties in New York and Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire) thanks to the support of Farm Credit East. For more information, or to complete the Farm Credit East CASE Institute scholarship application, please click this link. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 2, 2018.

 

There are so many benefits of adding CASE to your program. From enhancing the science of agriculture, to strengthening your teaching skills and providing your students with more one-on-one interaction, CASE is sure to positively transform your classroom. With the help of these scholarships, not only are you able to further develop your skills, but you are given the opportunity to help your students achieve exponentially.

 

For more information about CASE Institutes available this summer, follow this link.

 

CASE would like to thank its generous sponsors for providing our agriculture teachers with these scholarship opportunities.

 

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This is an article from the January 2018 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

case2.jpgCurriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) recently released its 2018 CASE Institute schedule. Along with the standard CASE Institutes, this year’s offerings include the addition of four fast track CASE Institute options. These course offerings are a response to the intense summer demands of agriculture teachers.

 

“From county and state fair participation to summer teachers’ conference and FFA camp not to mention spending quality time with family, we know agriculture teachers have so many commitments pulling for their time,” said Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations and Outreach Director. “The fast track institute options allow for more flexibility as teachers can complete some of the professional development at a distance.”

 

Fast track institutes provide teachers with five days of instruction that focus on laboratory experiences, with additional assignments that are completed at a distance before the start of the institute. With the condensed structure of the fast track institutes, teachers are able to spend less time away from home and receive rigorous professional development that dives deep into the instruction portion of the CASE model.

 

This summer, Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant, Agriculture Power and Technology, and Natural Resources and Ecology are all available as fast track institutes for teachers with at least one prior CASE certification or the Pedagogical Theory and Implementation (PTI) training.

 

Bibiana Gifft, agriculture teacher at Baker High School, in Oregon, was a Lead Teacher for the Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal fast track institute last year.

 

“Teachers in attendance appreciated that more time was dedicated to the labs, so that they were fully-prepared to implement CASE in their classrooms once they returned home,” said Gifft.

 

Fast track institutes are recommended for teachers who have a strong understanding of the CASE model and would like to focus more on the laboratory activities provided through CASE.

 

If you are interested in the fast track option, and you qualify to attend, please be aware that pre-institute homework is required. For teachers without previous CASE certification, PTI training must be completed prior to the kickoff of the fast track institute and will also have online coursework. The hours to complete PTI training and a fast track institute will be similar to hours at a standard CASE Institute. Please contact Dan Jansen at dan.jansen@case4learning.org for additional information regarding PTI training.

 

For more information about all of the 2018 CASE Institute offerings, follow this link. Already know which CASE Institute you want to attend? Click here for a direct link to register. Many CASE Institutes’ registrations filled quickly last year, so teachers should be sure to register as soon as they have secured the appropriate funding. Contact CASE Operations and Outreach Director, Miranda Chaplin at miranda.chaplin@case4learning.org, regarding any additional questions.

Outstanding CASE Model School Serves as an Inspiration to Enhance STEM in Agriculture

 

CASE Model School.jpgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Matthew Eddy, an agriculture instructor, represented Southeast Polk High School of Iowa, in receiving the inaugural CASE Model School Award. The CASE Model School Award recognizes a school whose CASE certified teacher facilitates CASE instruction with the highest fidelity, and offers a structured sequence of CASE courses. Eddy led the nation in adopting CASE in 2009. Through the agriculture program at Southeast Polk, he was able to field test many CASE courses.

 

Currently, Eddy teaches Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant, and Animal and Plant Biotechnology. By offering a pathway for his students and engaging them through technology, including the implementation of CASE Online, Southeast Polk High School’s agriculture program ensures students are college and career ready with their knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Eddy has also been instrumental in leveraging funding and support for Iowa agriculture teachers through the Iowa Governor’s STEM Scale-Up program.

 

Along with receiving the CASE Model School Award, Eddy also presented 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, as well as how to leverage funding and support for agricultural education programs.

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 www.case4learning.org.

 

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Outstanding Teacher Uses Innovative Ways to Improve and Showcase STEM in Agriculture

 

CASE Innovation Award.jpgNASHVILLE, 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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