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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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CASE is excited to announce the 2018 Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Nine agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. The Farm Credit East scholarships were directed specifically for agricultural educators in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island. The following are agriculture teachers who received CASE Institute scholarships from Farm Credit East. CASE is grateful to Farm Credit East for their support.

 

First Name:Last Name:School:State:
SheriBoardmanFonda-Fultonville Central School DistrictNY
TaylorCliffordGalway High SchoolNY
JessicaDeVriesUnadilla Valley Central SchoolNY
CarmenFagnaniGreenville High SchoolNY
RobertGagneGovenor Wentworth Regional School District/Lakes Region Technical CenterNH
MelvinPhelpsLowville Academy and Central SchoolNY
JoelRudderowPenns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School DistrictNJ
ChrisSmithOppenheim-Ephratah-Saint Johnsville CSDNY
KylieSmithPavilion Central SchoolNY

 

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CASE is excited to announce the 2018 APT and MSA CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Thirty-two agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. These scholarship receipts were selected from applications from teachers across the nation. The following are teachers who received CASE distributed scholarships generously sponsored by Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA).

 

Teacher First Name:Teacher Last Name:School:State:
NicoleAbelWaitsburg High SchoolWA
AndrewAtwellSouthwestern Randolph High SchoolNC
KrysteenaBrown-LawrenceElmwood Local SchoolsOH
BeckyCarolloKittitas SecondaryWA
SherylCleavinger-PerryRiverside High SchoolKS
JoshuaDayMuscatine CSDIA
KeelyDiTizioSalem County Career and Technical SchoolNJ
CheyenneFederauFowler Jr./Sr. High SchoolKS
NikkiFideldyCenter-Stanton High SchoolND
JamieGrayOwatonna Senior HighMN
CharlesGraydusOctorara High SchoolPA
MelissaHagemanSouth Winneshiek CSDIA
LizHarrisNormal Community High SchoolIL
AnthonyHoneycuttNorthwestern High SchoolPA
DiannaJaremaBermudian Springs HSPA
SusanKrummenAlta-Aurelia High School, Alta IowaIA
RobertMatthewsPullman High SchoolWA
BrianMeyerWaldo J Wood Memorial HighIN
Sandra DeeNaasAshland High SchoolWI
TracyPearsonDayton High SchoolWA
MelvinPhelpsLowville Academy and Central SchoolNY
MelissaPoetGreeley County High SchoolKS
MeganRauenWest Liberty High SchoolIA
MatthewRossTillamook High SchoolOR
JoelRudderowPenns Grove High SchoolNJ
AliciaSchmidtMount Vernon Senior High SchoolIN
JonathanSeamanThe Pennsylvania State UniversityPA
RylynSmallEast Prairie R-IIMO
JasonTwenterEldon Career CenterMO
EdwardWadsworthEdgewood-ColesburgIA
EricaWhitmoreOdessa and Harrington High SchoolsWA
MartyYountValley R-6 High SchoolMO

 

With the goal of supporting workforce development and sparking student interest in the equipment manufacturing industry, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), in partnership with the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) generously sponsored Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) and Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institute scholarships for agriculture teachers. CASE is grateful to AEM and EDA for their support!

CASE is excited to announce the 2018 CHS Foundation CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Fifty-five agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. These scholarship receipts were selected from applications from teachers across the nation. The following are teachers who received CASE distributed scholarships from the CHS Foundation.

 

Teacher First Name:Teacher Last Name:School:State:
NicoleAmaralFoothill High SchoolCA
MelanieBerndtsonWellsboro Area High SchoolPA
BreannaBregelKindred High SchoolND
BrooklynBushTillamook High SchoolOR
StephanieCarpenterLafayette County C-1MO
RussClarkBillings Career CenterMT
BritneyCowanSangamon Valley High SchoolIL
JessicaDeVriesUnadilla Valley Central SchoolNY
DeannaDrewAmboy High SchoolIL
JessicaFloresWorcester Technical High SchoolMD
MelissaFrancavillaMiddleton High SchoolFL
BibianaGifftBaker Technical Institute at Baker High SchoolOR
ColbyGreggNaperville Central High SchoolIL
BerntHalvorsonBethlehem AcademyMN
BrookeHeinsohnKaneland High SchoolIL
RickHodgesKiefer High SchoolOK
KellyHoeltingMission Valley High SchoolKS
EmmaHoverstenMarshall High SchoolMN
KyleeJensenBurns High SchoolOR
KatherineKlarHinckley-Finlayson High SchoolMN
Patricia (Trish)KrugDakota Jr Sr High SchoolIL
AbbyLohmanOregon State University (Beginning Teacher Applicant)OR
RachelLonganJefferson City High SchoolMO
AndreaMattasClay Center Community High SchoolKS
SusanMcculloughEffie Kokrine Charter School and University of Alaska Fairbanks Interior Alaska CampusAK
NicoleMerchantBaker Technical Institute at Baker High SchoolOR
EmmaMillerAdrian High SchoolOR
MitchMillerMidwest Central High SchoolIL
CourtneyMillerLakota High SchoolND
SusanMoranWoodlake High SchoolCA
PatricPehrsonCentral Public SchoolsMN
JasonPerryLeRoy High SchoolIL
JacobRileyWarsaw Area Career CenterIN
BillRinkenbergerBlooming Prairie SchoolsMN
JessalynSchrockClaremore High SchoolOK
SaraSearcyWaldron Jr-Sr High SchoolIN
KoriShackelfordHillsboro High SchoolOR
AlexandriaSkidmoreOwen County High SchoolKY
KatelynSmithFirebaugh High SchoolCA
AshokSookdeoFairmont Heights High SchoolMD
AshleySpatzRiverside High SchoolWY
BarbaraStarrElkhart Community School/ Pierre MoranIN
AndrewSteinerAlexandria Area High SchoolMN
GinnieStraitHighland High SchoolAZ
TrentonTaberCambridge Jr./Sr. High SchoolIL
AshleyTonnSolomon Jr/Sr High SchoolKS
KristiTonnessenWishek Public SchoolND
KatrinaTuneIndependence High SchoolCA
BlakeUchitjilSt. Anne Community High SchoolIL
ElizabethWallpeBatesville Community School CorporationIN
AnnetteWeeksPrairie High SchoolWA
AshleyWehnerSwitzerland County High SchoolIN
JaretWohlerLittle River High SchoolKS
KatieWoodOntario High SchoolOR
MartyYountFarmington High SchoolMO

 

As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the CHS Foundation has sponsored these scholarships for 2018 CASE Institutes for beginning and experienced agricultural educators. CASE is grateful to the CHS Foundation for their support!

CASE is excited to announce the 2018 Firestone CASE Institute scholarship recipients! Four agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. The Firestone scholarships were directed specifically for the Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) course. The following teachers received CASE distributed scholarships from Firestone.

 

First Name:Last Name:School:State:
SherylCleavinger-PerryRiverside High SchoolKS
JoshDayMuscatine CSDIA
Melissa HagemanSouth Winneshiek CSDIA
JasonTwenterEldon Career CenterMO

 

As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Firestone has sponsored these scholarships for the 2018 Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) CASE Institute. CASE is grateful to the Firestone for their support!

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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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This is an article from the November 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

case1.JPGIf you had a chance to stop by the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) booth at National FFA Convention a few weeks ago, you could hear the buzz in the air as agriculture teachers got their first look at the newly-released CASE Institute schedule for 2018. CASE has become a staple in agricultural education professional development and the question has shifted from “Are you going to a CASE Institute this year?” to “Which CASE Institute(s) are you going to this year?”

 

It is often assumed that the agriculture teachers who use CASE curriculum in their classrooms are young and new to the teaching profession. However, that is not always true. For Paul Anderes, agriculture teacher at La Grande High School, in La Grande, Oregon, over thirty-one years of experience in the classroom did not stop him from shifting gears and creating a whole new agriculture program.

 

“My career had become stagnant,” said Anderes. “I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I knew I had a long way to go to get there.”

 

Anderes attended his first CASE Institute in 2010 to receive his Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant certification. He was able to use what he learned from his first institute to not only enhance STEM in his curriculum, but to approach teaching and learning from a different angle. He was able to transform all of his classes with new presentation and questioning techniques that allow his students to reach a higher level of learning through inquiry-based instruction. This was the first step in his program’s transformation.

 

In 2016, Anderes was approached by his assistant principal, Scott Carpenter, who wanted to know what his vision was for growing his agriculture program. Carpenter, along with his fellow administrators, were impressed by Anderes’ focus on STEM and PLC education models through his implementation of CASE curriculum, as well as his drive to develop key partnerships within the district to move his program to the next level.

 

“When Scott Carpenter came to me about my vision for the agriculture program, I told him I wanted to be able to identify as a CASE school,” said Anderes. “He has been vital in making sure that I have the tools, resources, and opportunities I need to make that happen.”

 

case2.JPGAnderes is now CASE certified in Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR), Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA), and Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP). These certifications have allowed him to focus on revitalizing his program and making his classroom more student-focused.

 

Through multiple CASE certifications, strong administrative support, and the “perfect storm” of funding, Anderes has been able to build his program immensely. He has been able to enhance STEM through CASE curriculum, provide his students with the lab equipment and materials needed to complete their CASE labs and activities, and update the program’s facilities.

 

“Paul Anderes has been a driving force in innovating our Agriculture/Natural Resources Pathway at La Grande High School,” said Carpenter. “He has worked tirelessly to cultivate positive relationships with community and state agencies and businesses to provide high-quality learning opportunities outside the classroom. Paul's advocacy for adopting CASE curriculum has led to increased engagement, STEM opportunities with new industry-standard technologies, and increased enrollment in his courses. Paul's work to provide quality curriculum both in and out of his classroom has been truly impressive and inspiring to staff and students alike.”

 

The La Grande agriculture program is one of four programs in the county that receives support from the Fox Foundation, which provides $5,000 each year in funds that Anderes puts towards LabQuest equipment and supplies. A school bond that provided $31 million district-wide for improvements allowed Anderes to remodel the program’s greenhouse and re-tool the agricultural mechanics shop. Carpenter wrote a CTE Revitalization grant worth $500,000, which along with Oregon CTE Pathways Funding provides additional support for facilities, equipment, training, and travel.

 

Although Anderes has a unique funding situation that has undoubtedly made a profound impact on the La Grande agriculture program, it is his motivation and determination to transform his program into something more than a traditional agriculture program that has truly made the difference.

 

“As a teacher, sometimes you need to be the catalyst for change for your agriculture students, program, or school,” said Anderes.

 

La Grande currently has 130 students enrolled in its agriculture program, which offers six classes. The program also has 50 active FFA members.

 

For more information about CASE and to see the 2018 CASE Institute schedule, click here.

This is an article from the October 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

In a recent announcement, DuPont Pioneer has committed $175,000 in grants to help fund professional development training and classroom resources for agriculture teachers across the nation through Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Grant recipients will be current or new CASE certified teachers implementing the rigorous, multi-year agriscience curriculum in their classrooms.

 

Teachers selected for the grants are able to use the funds to attend CASE Institutes, purchase equipment and materials, and conduct End-of-Course assessments through CASE Online.

 

For Sheryl Cleavinger, agriculture teacher at Riverside High School, in Kansas, receiving a DuPont Pioneer grant last year to attend the Food Science and Safety CASE Institute has helped her students grow exponentially.

 

“CASE provides my students with knowledge and life skills that they will be able to use in their future careers,” said Cleavinger.

 

Grant funding has allowed Cleavinger to keep her curriculum, materials, and equipment updated, so that her students receive the most relevant education possible.

 

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RayeAnn Stamper, agriculture teacher at Pioneer Jr/Sr High School, in Indiana, shares a similar story, thanks to DuPont Pioneer’s grant funding.

 

“My students enjoy the hands-on activities that CASE provides,” said Stamper. “By having less lecture and more applied learning experiences, they have been able to learn more and apply their knowledge at home. For instance, I ask them to bring in water from around their house for water quality testing as part of the NRE course.”

 

Stamper also adds that without grant funding, she would not be able to attend CASE Institutes or purchase the supplies and equipment to properly facilitate the CASE curriculum.

 

Another story of CASE curriculum success comes from Liz Tinaglia, agriculture teacher at Owatonna High School, in Minnesota. Tinaglia was able to attend the CASE Natural Resource and Ecology Institute thanks to her DuPont Pioneer grant. Her grant also allowed her to purchase the necessary equipment to properly implement CASE and provide her students with rigorous and relevant curriculum, which has resulted in higher test scores and student achievement.

 

“CASE aligns with national core content standards,” said Tinaglia. “My students are able to take what they know and apply it outside of my classroom and in their core classes.”

 

Each year, there are more and more stories of student success and achievement thanks to the rigor and relevance of CASE curriculum. Oftentimes it is thanks to the support of agribusinesses through grant or scholarship funding that teachers are able to attend CASE Institutes and implement the curriculum in the classroom. DuPont Pioneer is a strong supporter of agricultural education because they understand the importance of supplying the agriculture industry pipeline with knowledgeable and qualified employees – a significant focus of CASE.  case1.jpg

 

“Supporting agricultural science teachers through continuing education and classroom equipment is one way we are striving to assure food security for the projected 2050 population of 9 billion people,” said Robin Habeger, Academic Outreach Manager at DuPont Pioneer.

 

CASE would like to take this opportunity to thank DuPont Pioneer for their continued support of its curriculum and agricultural education.

 

For more information about the newly available grants and to apply, follow this link. The application deadline is Monday, November 13th.

 

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This is an article from the September 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

case1.jpgSummer is over and the school bells are once again ringing, as students file off of the school buses and you pour your third cup of coffee. Although the daylight hours are getting shorter and staff meetings and lunchroom duties are back, it is a wonderful time of year to show your students and administrators what you learned over the summer!

 

For many, CASE Institutes were the highlight of your professional development over the break. Whether you traveled across the country, or you attended an institute practically in your own backyard; the knowledge and skills you gained from your time with CASE will surely be reflected in your students’ interest and level of engagement, and in the enhancement of STEM concepts in agriculture this school year.

 

Elizabeth Pack, agriculture teacher at Asheboro High School in Asheboro, North Carolina, can attest to the profound impact CASE has had on her agriculture program.

 

“CASE has a brought a true hands-on approach to my classroom,” said Pack. “It has helped change how I teach Natural Resources. CASE creates a platform that gives students a structure to follow. They understand what they are doing and why they are learning what they are learning.”

 

Pack attended the CASE Environmental Science Issues (ESI) Institute this summer. The knowledge she gained not only helped her revitalize her curriculum, but also allowed her to showcase the science in agriculture to her entire school by using a pyranometer during the recent solar eclipse. Since ESI is primarily research-based, this real-life experience was a very unique learning opportunity for her students.

 

“I love watching the light bulb go off when they understand what they are learning,” added Pack. “CASE is the best professional development opportunity I have ever had and I really appreciate our CTE department for allowing me to have this opportunity. I love the training I have received and the curriculum I now have access to.”

 

Rylyn Small, a first-year agriculture teacher at East Prairie High School, in East Prairie, Missouri, also had a unique opportunity with CASE this summer. Small was able to attend the CASE Pre-service Principles of Agricultural Sciences - Animal Institute this summer. As a recent graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Small decided to attend the institute as a means to kick-start his teaching career. 

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“With CASE, you do not have to worry about developing curriculum,” said Small. “As a new teacher, I can focus more on teaching strategies and differentiation, rather than developing content.”

 

Being from the crop production area of Missouri, Small’s students are not as experienced with production livestock. By attending the ASA Institute, Small is better equipped to teach his students about animal science and help them build knowledge and skills that will allow them to explore areas of agriculture that are less familiar.

 

“CASE takes a lot of stress off of your first year,” added Small. “Classroom instruction, leadership, and experiential learning are all important to ag education. By using CASE, you can enhance the three-circle model in all areas of your agriculture program.” 

 

CASE not only provides professional development for teachers, but it also creates a unique and individualized learning environment for students. CASE teachers are able to focus on their students and make sure they are reaching their learning targets. We all want our students to achieve to their fullest potential, and CASE is a great example of how this can be accomplished.

 

Now that school is back in session, don’t be afraid to show off the awesome professional development opportunities you experienced this summer. Share with your students, fellow teachers, administrators, and anyone else you know about the endless opportunities there are in agricultural education to grow personally and professionally.

 

And don’t forget to stay up-to-date with the 2018 CASE Institute offerings by checking out the CASE website.

This is an article from the August 2017 edition of NAAE’s News & Views Newsletter. To read News & Views in its entirety, please visit this link.

 

Initially launched in 2014, CASE Online moved to a new platform in August 2016 and has been a great resource for CASE certified teachers to incorporate in their classrooms. With the use of five major components to implement CASE curriculum in the classroom, students and teachers are able to experience CASE at a whole new level. These components include:

 

  • an online student version of CASE curriculum
  • flipped classroom videos
  • a student assignment submission portal
  • national End-of-Course assessments
  • an internal test generator

 

CASE certified teachers are able to purchase accounts for $8-$15 per student, depending on the quantity ordered. Programs in CASE funding states (GA, IN, IA, KY, LA, MD, MN, MO, NJ, PA, and TX) are eligible for special discounted rates as well.

 

Based on teacher recommendations, CASE Online now offers the following features to help with accessibility:

 

  • student enrollment bulk importer
  • student log-in credentials print multiple students per page
  • instructors can move student accounts between courses
  • ability to purchase multiple sections of a course
  • teacher question banks now organized by lesson and concept

 

The new features are all about increasing classroom and program efficiency. The bulk importer now allows teachers to upload their student rosters via a Microsoft Excel template, rather than individually. Teachers are also able to transfer unused CASE Online seats from one course to another, so if they purchase too many accounts for one course, they can move those open seats to CASE courses that have a waitlist for student enrollment. In addition, teachers are now able to purchase multiple sections for the CASE courses they teach, so their CASE Online rosters and information match their actual classroom rosters and information. These new features alone will save teachers valuable time and money that can now be spent providing students with individualized instruction and resources to get the most out of their CASE experience.

 

CASE-Online-EoC-Option-Graphic.jpgCASE Online has also added two new assessment-only options. The Pre-Assessment and End-of-Course Assessment bundle is $10 per student and provides the teacher with the ability to facilitate a Pre-Assessment once and an End-of-Course Assessment up to three times during the school year. The End-of-Course Assessment option is $8 per student and allows teachers to facilitate just the End-of-Course exam three times during a seven-day span. With both of these options, teachers are able to view test statistics, distractor analysis, discrimination index, and item analysis information per assessment. 

 

For more information about CASE Online and how you can access these great new features for your own classroom, click here.