Are there any pre-requisites to attending CASE professional development?
CASE Foundations training is required for new CASE teachers. This is a virtual, self-paced course you can access here.
Do the courses have to be taken in a certain order?
While CASE does have pathways, there is no required order in which a teacher must become certified. If you're looking for a good introduction, AFNR is the intro course for every pathway. If you need/want to dive into a more specific area (like plant science or mechanics) you're welcome to take those courses first.
What is the general timeline for become CASE certified?
CASE professional development occurs during the summer. Each October we publish our professional development schedule for the following year. This will provide you with locations and costs so you can begin to plan. Registration opens in December and is cut off May 1. Professional development occurs May-August, with the exception of ABF which could be held at any point in the year.
Who do I pay for the professional development fees?
Unless the event if a special event hosted by CASE, your professional development will be hosted by a local university or school which will handle all of your billing.
What do the professional development fees pay for? Why are they different depending on the host?
CASE hosts set their fee somewhere between $2,500-$3,000. The generic breakdown includes:
$800 for the actual curriculum, which you have access to for a lifetime upon certification
approximately $500 towards CASE Management fees including payment for Lead Teachers.
All meals for the duration of training (prices vary based on the host choice of catering)
All lodging for duration of training (prices vary based on the price range of the area)
All equipment supplies used during training
Printing and swag (shirt, lab coat) per teacher
Are there grants or scholarships to reduce costs?
Yes! Our generous sponsors provide two options:
PD Scholarships - opens in the spring and provides the majority of the cost of registration for a professional development event
Implementation Grants - opens in the fall and provides funding to purchase equipment and supplies
Can I receive the curriculum without going through professional development?
While we do provide curriculum as a product of our professional development, the training itself is what CASE prides itself on delivering to teachers. Because of the inquiry-based nature of the materials, training is required to make the most of it. We do not provide curriculum by itself.
What is a Lead/Master Teacher?
Lead Teachers are CASE certified teachers who apply and/or are nominated to lead professional development each summer. Master Teachers are Lead Teachers who have taught for several summers, mentoring another Lead Teacher, and have advocated for CASE on a regional or state level.
How do I become a Lead Teacher?
The Lead Teacher application opens in August and closes October 2. Apply here.