In this issue, we interview a few Northeast ag educators, including teachers, administrators and program leaders, about the importance of agricultural education in today’s schools to educate about the importance of food and fiber to both prepare students for careers in agriculture-related fields and to help them make informed choices throughout their lives.

In this issue, we interview a few Northeast ag educators, including teachers, administrators and program leaders, about the importance of agricultural education in today’s schools to educate about the importance of food and fiber to both prepare students for careers in agriculture-related fields and to help them make informed choices throughout their lives.

2017 NY ScholarShip
Application

2017 Farm Credit SCholarship
Application

2016 Institute Photos

Where will professional development take YOU this summer?

Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education, CASE, curricular materials provide a high level of educational experiences to students to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter. 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-based 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.

Professional Development: The strength of CASE is in the intense and thorough professional development provided to all those who choose to adopt the curriculum. To obtain the CASE curriculum, teachers are required to attend a 60-hour concurrent session CASE Institute. This professional development workshop equips teachers to use the curriculum to its fullest potential by preparing them to lead students through a series of meaningful, sequential activities, problems and projects couched in agriculture subject matter.

For more information about CASE visit:  http://www.case4learning.org/index.php  

2017 CASE Institute Tentative Schedule

Farm Credit East is committed to supporting programs and initiatives that strengthen the Northeast agriculture, commercial fishing and forest products industries. Farm Credit East provides scholarships to teachers attending institutes offered by the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE). Scholarships will cover up to 50 percent of the cost of the CASE institute, not to exceed $1,000.

Eligibility

  • Educator must teach in school district within Farm Credit East’s seven state territory: 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.
  • Educator must teach or will be teaching agricultural or natural resources courses.
  • Preference will be given to worthy candidates that are seeking support for the first time.
  • Funds will be provided directly to CASE.
  • Awards will be made at the sole discretion of Farm Credit East.

Deadline

All applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 28, 2017. Recipients will be notified on a rolling basis, but no later than Friday, May 12, 2017.

GRADUATE CREDIT

Graduate credit is available at an additional cost. If you are interested in learning more about this please contact Jeff Perry at jap225@cornell.edu.

Are you interested in learning more about CASE? Contact Shari Lighthall at slighthall@cornell.edu or 315-346-1222.