Baker Technical Institute Teacher Named CASE Innovation Award Winner
Outstanding Teacher Uses Innovative Ways to Improve and Showcase STEM in Agriculture
ANAHEIM, Ca., December 5, 2019 – Mrs. Bibiana Gifft, agriculture instructor at Baker Technical Institute at Baker High School in Oregon, received the CASE Innovative Award. The CASE Innovation Award highlights a creative classroom and teaching approach as CASE certified teachers implement and promote CASE. Mrs. Gifft uses CASE lessons to expose 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to inquiry and hands-on learning during the Baker Technical Institute summer STEM camps. Gifft says, “It was exciting to see these students light up with inquiry and eager to participate in their learning.”
In addition to sparking interest in agriculture with elementary students, Mrs. Gifft encourages her students to pursue college and career opportunities in agriculture. Baker CASE courses are articulated with a local post-secondary institution, Treasure Valley Community College, and over the past four years Baker agriculture students have earned a combined 494 college credits. This year Baker High School administration approved a bonus biology credit for students who complete Animal Science and Plant Science courses. This means that each of these courses are worth 1.5 credits (1.0 credit of CTE and .5 credit of Science). Gifft states, “The support that has grown for CASE within my school has been the result of a carefully designed curriculum, passionate teacher, and engaged students eager to accomplish the desired outcomes.”
Along with receiving her award during the National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention, Mrs. Gifft was invited to present a workshop at the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ annual convention. The workshop focused on innovative ideas for CASE implementation and creative teaching approaches. The entire award prize pack included $1,000 worth of science equipment sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, registration to the National Association of Agricultural Educators convention, and a $500 travel stipend.
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. Besides 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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