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Here is a neat resource to partner up students in a self management method!

 

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

 

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High school students looking to get a jumpstart on their college education have a new opportunity through a unique partnership between Rutgers University and Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). The Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (Rutgers – SE

BS) now offers transfer credits to students who have successfully completed certain CASE courses, while in high school.

 

The following courses are available for transfer credits:

 

  • CASE Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal
  • CASE Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant
  • CASE Natural Resources and Ecology
  • CASE Animal and Plant Biotechnology
  • CASE Food Science and Safety

 

“We partnered with CASE a number of years ago because we saw the potential of this outstanding national program,” said Dr. Thomas Leustek, Associate Dean for Academic Administration and Assessment at Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. “We offer college credits for students who complete certified CASE courses at their secondary school, who then are accepted into and matriculate at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.”

 

Students may receive up to 13.5 transfer credits for these specific CASE courses taken in high school, as long as the high school has an active articulation agreement with Rutgers – SEBS. Any secondary school that teaches one or more CASE courses may request an articulation agreement. Students must also have completed high school with a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 GPA scale) and have been accepted to Rutgers–SEBS within four years of their high school graduation.

 

“We are excited about the new CASE link on the Rutgers University website designed to help students get transfer credits for CASE courses,” said Nancy Trivette, New Jersey Program Leader, Agricultural Education/State CASE Leader. “The site includes a template for an articulation agreement between Rutgers and the secondary institution. Access to the transfer credit and articulation agreements will allow any CASE students from schools with articulation agreement to get credit for CASE courses at Rutgers.”

 

Agriculture classes are already marketable with their hands-on approaches to learning through inquiry-based instruction and the enhancement of science in the curriculum. What better way to take that marketability to the next level than by providing your students with the opportunity to earn college credits before they set foot on campus?

 

For more information about this opportunity and to request an articulation agreement, follow this link.

 

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education courses are developed using elements from pedagogical approaches that are recognized in educational literature as proven and effective modes of teaching and learning. For more information about CASE and what it can do for your program, click here.

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

 

case.jpgFor the eighth year in a row, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education has offered scholarship opportunities for agriculture teachers looking to enhance STEM in their curriculum through CASE training. This year, CASE was able to offer three different scholarships, totaling over $49,000, which will provide 38 agriculture teachers the opportunity to attend a CASE Institute.

 

CASE Institutes provide exceptional professional development for agriculture teachers, but at times it can be difficult for teachers to find the funds to attend the institutes. It is thanks to these scholarship opportunities that agriculture teachers are able to attend CASE Institutes, and in turn, provide their students with rigorous curriculum that shines light on the science, technology, engineering and mathematics core concepts which are a vital part of agricultural science.

 

“The CASE model is a tremendous resource for any teacher,” said Jim Kaltenbach, agriculture teacher at Peoria High School, in Peoria, Ariz. “It has freed me from so many monotonous teacher tasks, and now I can focus on being the best advisor, manager, and relationship builder I can be. CASE training and resources help me both inside and outside my classroom. Winning the CHS Foundation Scholarship made it possible for me to participate this year in the Agricultural Research Development (ARD) Institute. Without this scholarship it would not have been possible for our program to acquire this training.” case2.jpg

 

This year’s scholarships were provided through the CHS Foundation and Impact FFA as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, as well as through Farm Credit East.

 

“Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of Northeast agriculture,” said Michael Brooks, Farm Credit East director and chair of the Board’s AgInitiative Committee. “This investment in continued teacher education will have a multiplier impact by helping to further develop and inspire the next generation of agricultural leaders.”

 

The 2017 CASE scholarship recipients were selected based upon a variety of criteria, including financial need and potential program impact.

 

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Since 2009, CASE has certified 1,369 teachers from 41 states. For more information about CASE, including scholarships, institutes, curriculum and more, please follow this link.

 

Thank you to the CHS Foundation, Impact FFA, and Farm Credit East for providing this year’s CASE Institute scholarship funding.

 

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CASE is excited to announce the 2017 Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Twenty 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.

 

Teacher’s Name

School

State

Todd Hofheins

Oakfield-Alabama

NY

Deanna Miller

Woodstown Pilesgrove Regional

NJ

Jessica Jones

Attica

NY

Brooke Head

Homer

NY

Jennifer Shields

Southington

CT

Jessica DeVries

Unadilla Valley

NY

Anna Leiss

Groton

NY

Laura Pinhas

Sussex County Technical

NJ

Taylor Clifford

Galway

NY

Patricia Thorne

Cumberland Regional

NJ

Nichole Hirt

Indian River

NY

Marisa Bedron

Connecticut Region 14

CT

Nicole Smith

Cumberland Regional

NJ

Michelle Barber

Attica

NY

Kylie Smith

Pavilion

NY

Hannah Milligan

Warsaw

NY

Sarah-Jean Oliver

Suffield

CT

Aaron Fiordimondo

Delran

NJ

Jeffrey Parnapy

Byron-Bergen

NY

Cathryn Dymond

Otselic Valley

NY

 

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

 

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After a great three-day professional development training session, this year’s 76 selected CASE Lead Teachers are excited and ready to facilitate their upcoming institutes! Just a couple of weeks ago, every CASE Lead Teacher gathered in Minneapolis, Minn., for CASE Lead Teacher Orientation.

 

CASE Lead Teachers are CASE certified teachers who facilitate the instruction of a CASE Institute. They have exceptional passion for promoting student success and wish to share the CASE experience with their peers in agricultural education. CASE Lead Teachers are selected through a highly-competitive application process. This year, 10 new CASE Lead Teachers were selected from a pool of 50 applicants.

 

Once selected, CASE Lead Teachers are required to attend and participate in Lead Teacher Orientation. This specialized training session is a time for learning, energizing and encouraging one another, and strengthening professional connections. The focus of this orientation was to provide CASE Lead Teachers with the knowledge and skills to effectively facilitate their institutes and provide them time to collaboratively plan professional development facilitation for their summer institutes.

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This year’s orientation featured special guest, Drew Perkins, of TeachThought, and centered on questioning in the inquiry agriscience classroom. CASE Lead Teachers were given the opportunity to practice the use of Questioning Formulation Techniques (QFT). The Lead Teachers also gained hands-on experiences with new Vernier sensors, as well as some creative inspiration on how to use LabQuests and sensors, thanks to Vernier representative David Carter.

 

CASE Lead Teachers also learned how to use new technology resources like iMovie to enhance the learning experience at their respective institutes. In addition, they spent time focusing on how to capture great learning moments for professional portfolios and how to create a professional learning community with teachers at their CASE Institute.

 

case3.jpgCASE Lead Teachers are ready for some fantastic learning experiences this summer! They hope you are excited and ready as well to dig deep into the STEM of agriculture, so that your students have the tools to think critically, problem solve, and be truly engaged in their agricultural education experience.

 

Still looking for a CASE Institute to attend? There is still time! Follow this link to see which CASE Institutes still have available spots and secure yours today!

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

 

 

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Testing may be a dreaded word, but CASE certified agriculture teachers have a pretty awesome tool at their fingertips to help them showcase their students’ knowledge, progress and success in agriculture classrooms – CASE End-of-Course assessments.

 

We know that CASE curriculum provides us and our students with the tools necessary to think deeper, apply knowledge and truly engage in learning. With CASE End-of-Course assessments, we now have the opportunity to capture the data needed to prove the benefits of CASE curriculum and agriscience education to our students, colleagues, and administrators.

 

CASE End-of-Course assessments are written by the CASE curriculum writers and are available through CASE Online. When teachers order CASE Online, they receive access to the learning management system, which includes an online version of the student curriculum, collaborative features such as discussion forums, wikis and chats, digital assignment submission, real-time grading and feedback, flipped classroom videos, and online assessments, which include the End-of-Course assessments.

 

Each assessment has 40-45 multiple choice questions, which reflect the content standards taught in its respective CASE course. The assessment is designed to be administered in a 45-minute period, which limits loss of class time due to testing. Students are also allowed three attempts at each assessment, which allows room for improvement.

 

The CASE End-of-Course assessments also align with numerous national content standards, including:

  • National AFNR Career Cluster Content Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • Common Core State Standards for High School Mathematics
  • Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts

 

By aligning with multiple sets of standards, most states can crosswalk to local standards. In many states, the End-of-Course assessments are accepted as completion exams for students.

 

There are also other benefits to CASE End-of-Course assessments. For students, there are opportunities for college credit with articulating institutions. For teachers, the assessments are often (depending on the state) used as completion exams, which eliminates an additional standardized test. For administrators, CASE End-of-Course assessments provide a non-biased, standardized testing option for school districts to determine overall student performance and completion of a CASE pathway.

 

The end of the school year may be getting closer by the minute, but with CASE you have the opportunity to finish the year strong, showcase student performance, and provide a true snapshot of how CASE has positively impacted your program.

 

Interested in learning more about CASE and what is has to offer you and your program? Follow this link for access to this year’s CASE Institute registration information, CASE Pathways, and so much more. Click here to learn more about CASE Online.

 

Make sure to add CASE to your plan for next year!

CASE is excited to announce the 2017 CHS Foundation CASE Institute Scholarship Recipients! Fourteen agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. These scholarship receipts were selected from forty-six applications from teachers across the nation. The following are teachers who received CASE distributed scholarships from the CHS Foundation.

 

First Name:Last Name:School:State:
MelanieBerndtsonWellsboro Area High SchoolPA
JessicaBochniakFarmington Central CUSD 265IL
JuliaCarrellWarsaw Community High SchoolIN
CameronEarlywineNicholas County High SchoolKY
AllisonHooverRipon Christian SchoolsCA
JamesKaltenbachPeoria High SchoolAZ
ChanceKanodeBriggsdale Undivided High SchoolCO
KasieKiefferBluestem Junior Senior High SchoolKS
PaigeLevandowskiScott County High SchoolKY
ElizabethRiderNorth Kitsap High SchoolWA
JenniferRussellShullsburg High SchoolWI
GinnieStraitHighland High SchoolAZ
Trenton
TaberCambridge Jr./Sr. High SchoolIL
KaylaTaylorYuba City High SchoolCA

 

As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, the CHS Foundation has sponsored these scholarships for 2017 CASE Institutes for beginning and experienced agricultural educators. CASE is grateful to the CHS Foundation for their support!

 

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CASE is excited to announce the 2017 Impact FFA CASE Institute scholarship recipients! Four agricultural educators were selected to receive assistance with their CASE Institute registration. The Impact FFA scholarships were directed specifically for female agricultural educators. The following are female teachers who received CASE distributed scholarships from Impact FFA.

 

First Name:Last Name:School:State:
TamraHerschbachYerington High SchoolNV
MaKaylaLaRueKansas State University (Pre-service Teacher)KS
EmmaMillerOregon State University (Pre-service Teacher)OR
TeagueTeeceOregon State University (Pre-service Teacher)OR

 

As a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Impact FFA has sponsored these scholarships for 2017 CASE Institutes for female agricultural educators. CASE is grateful to the Impact FFA for their support!

 

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

 

It’s almost that time of year again – time to pack your bags and head to your CASE Institute! For some, it may be the first time you have traveled out of state for professional development. For others, it may be your fifth certification or you are preparing as a Lead Teacher. Either way, Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) has something to offer every agriculture teacher.

 

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We are in a new age of education, where inquiry is king and student learning is about application rather than lectures with notes. Whether you are a veteran ag teacher with more years under your belt than you can count, or just getting started in your teaching career, CASE pathways are a great way to provide your students with rigorous coursework that promotes critical thinking, hands-on application, and student inquiry -- all while enhancing mathematics and science in agricultural curriculum.

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For Brianne McCauley, agriculture teacher at Liberty High School in Clarksburg, W. Va., the structured sequence of courses provided through CASE has allowed her to focus on individualized student learning and classroom management. A CASE certified teacher in Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant, Natural Resources and Ecology, Animal and Plant Biotechnology, Environmental Science Issues, and Agricultural Research and Development, McCauley is able to experience the lightbulb moment when her students make connections in their learning to real-life scenarios.

 

CASE provides curriculum and lesson plans so my focus can be on my teaching techniques and meeting student needs. I love being able to focus on my students and the way they learn,” said McCauley.

 

Currently, there are five CASE Program of Study pathways: Animal Science, Plant Science, Agricultural Engineering, Natural Resources and Agribusiness. Each pathway includes four courses that scaffold and build student understanding as rigor and comprehension levels develop.

 

The scaffolding aspect of the CASE pathway design has been a tremendous help for Jamie Christiansen. Christiansen has taught agriculture for 12 years, currently at Midland Community School District, in Wyoming, Iowa.

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“CASE is organized and builds on itself,” said Christiansen. “You’re always coming back to information to reinforce learning.”

 

Christiansen adds that watching her students question research and each other’s experiments validates the effectiveness of CASE curriculum. As a CASE certified teacher in Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant, Food Science and Safety, and Agricultural Research and Development, she knows that she will walk away from a CASE Institute fully prepared to teach the material.

 

Josh Day, agriculture teacher at Tipton High School, in Tipton, Iowa also attests to the benefits of CASE curriculum.

 

“CASE ties what we have been doing in our agriculture programs directly to national standards in core content areas,” said Day. “It proves that what we teach is the application of core content.”

 

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Day is also certified in multiple CASE courses – Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Science - Animal, Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant, Agricultural Power and Technology, Natural Resources and Ecology, Animal and Plant Biotechnology, and Agricultural Research and Development. Like Christiansen and McCauley, he values the scaffolding aspect of CASE curriculum as well as being able to reach all of his students, no matter their agricultural background.

 

Regardless of which CASE pathway is offered, the structured sequence of courses increases the rigor of students’ coursework while spiraling and scaffolding content knowledge and technical skills

 

For more information about CASE pathways, follow this link. Interested in learning more about CASE and what it has to offer you and your program? Click here.

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

 

You’re making plans to attend a CASE Institute this summer. Whether you’ve attended an institute before, or this is your maiden voyage into CASE curriculum, finding the appropriate funding for this professional development opportunity can be difficult. Thanks to generous contributions from two sponsors, you may be closer to securing those funds than you think.

 

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This year the CHS Foundation, through the National FFA Foundation, is providing partial CASE Institute scholarships for award winners. This program is for current agriculture teachers who are employed to teach at least one CASE course in 2017 or individuals who are actively seeking employment as an agriculture teacher in the summer or fall of 2017 in a school where CASE courses are taught. You can find more information about this scholarship opportunity here. The deadline to apply for the CHS Foundation CASE Institute Scholarship is February 28th.

 

If you are an agriculture teacher in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, or Rhode Island, check out the Farm Credit East partial CASE Institute scholarships. These scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of a CASE Institute, not exceeding $1,000. You can find more information about this scholarship here, along with the application. The deadline to apply for the Farm Credit East CASE Institute Scholarship is April 28th and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

 

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"I have received two scholarships the past three years. These scholarships are huge because the school system has not been able to secure funding to pay the entire institute amount. The first scholarship afforded me the opportunity to attend the Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant. Last year, I attended Natural Resources and Ecology," said Crass. 

 

Crass is not the only beneficiary of the CASE Institutes. His students also reap huge rewards for his attendance and certification.

 

"CASE allows the student to learn and grow and also develop skills that can be utilized in other high school courses, said Crass. "They benefit from the APP format, spiraling; and scaffolding and the variance of rigor from low to high."

 

You can take advantage of these scholarships too! For more information about CASE Scholarship and Grant opportunities, follow this link.

 

Still looking for more information on attending a CASE Institute this summer? Check out the full listing of institutes here.

 

Thanks again to the CHS Foundation and Farm Credit East for providing our agriculture teachers with financial support to enhance both their classrooms and professional skills.

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A Message from our Partners as part of News & Views:

 

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Are you interested in enhancing your classroom with STEM? Are you ready for rigorous professional development that will take you and your agriculture program to the next level? Check out this year’s CASE Institute Schedule and make plans to attend one of the numerous institutes available.

 

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Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) offers engaging opportunities to develop your program and curriculum, while simultaneously growing as a teacher. By adding CASE to your program, you are able to enhance your curriculum with core concepts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics – something administrators are looking for and a great way to advocate for your program. You are also expanding your students’ knowledge beyond the basics of agriculture by highlighting the science in agriculture. Your students will be able to connect what they learn in biology, chemistry and many other classes to real-life concepts that you teach in agricultural education.

 

CASE is excited to announce several new institute options in 2017, including locations in Alaska, Hawaii, and Nevada. As these opportunities are added to this summer’s line-up, along with familiar CASE Institute locations, teachers can also access the new, streamlined registration process now available on the CASE website. The new process provides teachers with detailed information about each institute as well as easier accessibility to the registration process.

 

This summer, CASE will also be field testing a Fast Track Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA) Institute, which will be hosted by Kansas State University. This Fast Track option was developed in response to a perceived need for experienced CASE teachers to earn certification in foundation courses by attending a shortened institute format. Teachers with a minimum of two prior CASE certifications are eligible to apply for this institute.

 

“Our goal is that the new Fast Track option will allow us to better serve our CASE certified teachers by providing them with more certification options, while acknowledging their current CASE certifications and classroom experience,” said Shari Smith, CASE Professional Development Director.

 

The Fast Track CASE Institute will be an intense, fast-paced experience requiring pre-institute homework via CASE Online as well as during-institute work. Click here for more information about the Fast Track ASA Institute and the application process. The deadline for Fast Track CASE Institute applications is February 1, 2017 at midnight Central Time. Participation in the Fast Track CASE Institute will be strictly limited to 20 teachers.

 

For more information about CASE and all of its initiatives, goals and institutes, visit the CASE website.

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The newest addition to the CASE Pathway is the Mechanical Systems in Agriculture (MSA) course. As the specialization course for the agricultural engineering pathway, MSA offers numerous areas of study, including:

 

  • Electrical Systems
  • Structural Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Machine Service and Maintenance
  • Geographic Information and Global Position Systems
  • Mechanical Design and Management

 

These areas of study are designed to provide students with rigorous applications in the agricultural engineering field. Throughout the course, students apply technical skill while becoming competent in the process used to operate, repair, engineer, and design agricultural tools and equipment.

 

“I am looking forward to getting this course started,” said Carl Aakre, Agricultural Engineering Pathway Coordinator and MSA course writer. “I am excited to take my own ideas and expand upon them with the help of others to kick off the writing for this course.”

 

The course will begin to take shape this fall at the MSA Course Development meeting, November 3-5 in Des Moines, Iowa, where 20 content specialists will plan and discuss the learning and performance objectives for the course. The individuals involved were selected based upon their knowledge and expertise in agricultural mechanics and with CASE Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) and Agricultural Power and Technology (APT) courses, including current agriculture teachers, industry professionals, and post-secondary institution representatives. Their input and ideas will be used as the course is written over the next several months.

 

Thanks to the outstanding sponsorship of John Deere and Firestone, as a special project through the National FFA Foundation, the Mechanical Systems in Agriculture course will be available as a field test during the summer of 2018. To find out more about this course, visit the CASE Website.

 

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A Message from our Partners as part of News & Views:

 

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Ongoing Grant Program Allows Educators to Attend Training, Purchase Resources

 

JOHNSTON, Iowa, and LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 27, 2016 — DuPont Pioneer and the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) announced today that Pioneer will award $175,000 in grants to agriscience educators to fund training and classroom resources that will help them implement advanced agriculture curriculum.

 

Grant recipients are teachers who are implementing Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) in their classrooms. CASE is a multi-year approach to agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry focused learning activities. Teachers will use the grants to attend training, purchase equipment and materials, and conduct end-of-course assessments through CASE Online.

 

“CASE trains agriculture teachers to deliver high-level science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) principles to their students,” said Dan Jansen, CASE project director. “Teachers often have minimal resources to equip themselves and their classrooms to provide this rigorous, STEM-focused instruction. The grants from DuPont Pioneer are exactly what teachers need to fully implement the unique model of interactive, inquiry-based learning that we know is so effective.”

 

“Students learn teamwork, communication skills and hands-on science through the CASE curriculum, all of which provides the foundation for a career in science,” said Robin Habeger, academic outreach manager, DuPont Pioneer.  “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.”

 

The DuPont Pioneer Global Giving Program is intended to improve food security by advancing agriculture through science, education and innovation, and to enhance the quality of life for farmers and their communities globally. Addressing the unique challenges of our local communities promotes economic growth, improved health and overall quality of life — all factors important to a healthy and strong business climate.

 

For more about CASE or the DuPont Pioneer grants, contact Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations/Outreach Director.

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is always looking to improve its resources for agriculture teachers. CASE Online, designed to maximize instruction for both teachers and students, is one of the newest additions to the numerous CASE resources and offerings. An online, paid subscription option for CASE certified teachers, CASE Online offers a systematic, organized alternative for classroom instruction and assessment.

 

CASE Online offers teachers the ability to spend more time focused on individual student needs in the classroom. For Aaron Geiman, agriculture teacher at Westminster High School in Maryland, it has allowed him to customize each of his students’ learning experiences, while providing them with rigorous curriculum to prepare them for a future in agriculture.

 

“CASE Online replaced Edmodo for me,” said Geiman. “My students have more access to the curriculum, which is great for students with absences or for parents who want to be more involved in their student’s learning.”

 

Geiman has been a CASE-supporter since it began in 2009. He currently teaches Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, Principles of Agricultural Sciences – Animal, Principles of Agricultural Sciences – Plant, Animal and Plant Biotechnology, as well as the CASE Capstone course, Agricultural Research and Development. Each of his CASE courses is taught through the use of CASE Online. Not only does it free up his time with lesson planning, it also allows him to go paperless – a time and money-saver.

 

“Schools are always looking to find ways to cut their paper budgets. CASE Online reduces the need for paper the classroom, which is a great way to help persuade your administrators to fund it for your program,” added Geiman.

 

Although a fairly new resource, CASE Online is getting ready to further enhance agricultural science education with a new online platform, available for the 2016-17 school year. Developed with extensive feedback from CASE certified teachers, the new platform will provide learners with a collaborative and interactive online learning experience through the use of discussion boards, wikis, blogs and other group tools. There have also been enhancements made to the grade book and assessment features. Teachers now also have access to an attendance tracker and the ability customize the CASE courses within CASE Online to meet the specific needs of their learners.

 

“Teacher feedback played a significant role in the decision to migrate CASE Online to the new platform, which is better designed to meet these needs,” said Sara Cobb, CASE Online Learning Coordinator. “They expressed a need for CASE Online to be more mobile-friendly and to work more seamlessly across multiple devices such as laptops, Chromebooks, tablets, and smart phones. Additionally, teachers requested a more user-friendly application.”

 

A sample group of CASE Lead Teachers were able to preview the new platform earlier this year and expressed excitement and anticipation for the new features, mobility, and intuitive nature of the platform The new CASE Online will be available to CASE-certified teachers by the end of the month, at which time CASE will anticipate additional feedback.

 

For more information on ordering CASE Online, please check out the CASE Online Ordering Guide and order accounts here.

Agriculture teachers across the country are buzzing about the profound impact that CASE curriculum is making in their classrooms. As CASE Institute season is gearing up for another summer of intensive, rigorous professional development training, many teachers are packing their bags and getting ready to head to their respective institutes thanks to the help of generous sponsors.

 

This year, 23 full and partial scholarships were awarded from the CASE Scholarship Program. The CHS Foundation, DuPont Pioneer, Express Employment Professionals, and Impact FFA were responsible for providing this funding. In addition, Farm Credit East sponsored an additional 15 partial scholarships through their own application process. Funds for the CASE and Farm Credit East scholarships totaled $57,450. On top of the scholarship funding, DuPont Pioneer sponsored 75 grants through their own application and award process, which totaled an additional $280,000.


For agriculture teacher, Mariah Roberts, receiving a CASE scholarship has been career-changing. Roberts, who has been an agriculture teacher for nine years, currently teaches at Wawasee High School in Syracuse, Indiana.


"I just completed the CASE AFNR Institute and I know this is going to change my whole program, including the students I retain in my program," said Roberts.


This year's scholarship is actually Roberts' second CASE scholarship. She was awarded her first in 2013 to attend the Principles of Agricultural Science -- Animal Institute. Without the help of the scholarships she has received, Roberts isn't sure if her administrators would have been willing to fund this professional development opportunity.


"The scholarships have really helped because my administrators can see my enthusiasm and excitement over the curriculum, which helps me persuade them to purchase the lab equipment and other materials I need to teach the CASE curriculum," added Roberts.


Roberts believes CASE curriculum is the perfect fit for agriculture teachers. Although the institutes take up several days in the summer, the curriculum teachers walk away with allows them to free up more time for classroom and program management, as well as for family time.

 

"I am just sold on the curriculum. It is exactly what ag teachers need," said Roberts.


CASE is grateful for each of its grant and scholarship sponsors. Through their generous contributions, agriculture teachers across the nation have the opportunity to improve their practice and provide their students with rigorous and relevant STEM-based classroom instruction. For more information about each scholarship awarded, including a full list of recipients, click on each sponsor logo below.

 

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