Goldendale High School Wins CASE Model School Award
Outstanding CASE Model School Serves as an Inspiration for Leveraging Resources and Support
ANAHEIM, Ca., December 5, 2019 – Mr. and Mrs. Joshua and Randi Krieg, agriculture teachers representing Goldendale High School in Washington, received the CASE Model School Award. The CASE Model School Award recognizes a school whose CASE certified teacher presents CASE in its truest form and offers a structure sequence of CASE courses. Together, Josh and Randi are certified in nine of the ten yearlong CASE courses. This allows them to offer all four CASE pathways, which include Animal Science, Plant Science, Natural Resources, and Agricultural Engineering, at Goldendale High School.
Josh shares, “The CASE model has allowed us to successfully enhance students' abilities to develop science, mathematics, critical thinking, and work skills required by future employees using this project based, inquiry delivery model. By having our students use the necessary CASE equipment and technology our students have been able to apply and practice Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) standards and use critical thinking that involves using a variety of problem solving techniques in real-life contexts.”
Student success in CASE courses is also reflected in core subjects. Several of the CASE foundational courses have helped prepare Goldendale High School students tremendously for the Biology End-of-Course Exam. Last year, 96% of the Goldendale agricultural education sophomores experienced growth between their 8th grade and 10th grade end-of-course science assessment. In addition, Goldendale High School has an agreement with the Yakima Valley Community College (YVCC) Agriculture Department allowing their students to receive five credits for Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant and 5 credits for Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources if they earn a B or better. They have worked diligently to leverage $265,000 in funding over the course of the past four years in order to fully equip their nine CASE courses offered at Goldendale High School.
Along with receiving their award during the National Association of Agricultural Educators Convention, Mr. and Mrs. Krieg were invited to present 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 and leverage funding and support for local agricultural education programs. The entire award prize pack included $1,000 worth of science equipment sponsored by Vernier Software & Technology, one registration to the National Association of Agricultural Educators convention, and a $500 travel stipend.
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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