How do teachers gain access to CASE curriculum?
In order to use CASE curriculum, a teacher must successfully complete 50 to 100-hours of intense professional development at a CASE Institute for each course they wish to implement. CASE professional development experiences are rigorous and the outcome is to provide an adequate overview of content, pedagogy, and course design. In addition to the tangible aspects of the professional development, CASE professional development institutes develop confidence in teaching STEM related concepts and encourage participation in a professional learning community to provide support after the CASE Institute.
Once teachers are certified in a CASE course through professional development, they may offer the course to their students. CASE courses include lessons that build on previous lessons using an inquiry-based delivery style, leading students to a higher understanding of big-picture STEM concepts. Rigorous lessons are delivered using inquiry-based instruction, student-directed learning, and activities, projects and problems (APP).
How much does attending a CASE Institute cost?
CASE Institutes range in cost from $1,800-$3,000 based on the course and location. This cost does not include travel but it does include lodging and most meals during the CASE Institute. The cost for each Institute can be found on the course registration pages.
How do I make out a purchase order for my CASE Institute?
Each CASE Institute is billed individually by the host. Purchase orders should be made out to the host as described on their individual CASE Institute page, linked on our course registration page.
What courses are available?
CASE currently offers 9 courses for teacher certification: Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR); Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal (ASA); Principles of Agricultural Science – Plant (ASP); Agricultural Power and Technology (APT); Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE); Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB); Food Science and Safety (FSS); Environmental Science Issues (ESI), and Agricultural Research and Development (ARD).
What is needed to teach a CASE course?
Purchasing manuals listing the supplies and equipment used in each course are available on the course purchasing pages. Many teachers accumulate these items over several years and also share science equipment with other teachers in their school. The lists are broken into consumable and non-consumable supplies. CASE certified teachers receive discounts from CASE vendors as described in the purchase manuals.
Once I am CASE certified, how do I receive the updates to curriculum?
When a CASE course is updated, all teachers certified in that course receive a short survey regarding the curriculum and how they use it in their classroom. Completion of that survey triggers release of the updated curriculum to the certified teacher.
What happens to my CASE certification when I move schools?
CASE certified teachers retain the intellectual rights to the curriculum for which they have earned certification. The hiring school district administration should sign a School District Agreement and the moving teacher should update their contact information in order to continue receiving CASE communication and support. The teacher replacing the CASE teacher at the old school district should work with the administration to earn CASE certification if they wish to continue the CASE courses in the district. See the full transition policy for more details.
What is CASE Online?
CASE Online is a mobile friendly learning management system for teachers and students utilizing CASE curriculum. CASE-certified teachers may utilize CASE Online to implement blended, hybrid, or 1:1 learning. CASE Online features include collaborative tools such as discussion boards, ePortfolios, and wikis and student access to activities, projects, and problems. Teachers may design custom assessments utilizing the open teacher question bank or develop their own questions. CASE End-of-Course assessments are delivered via CASE Online and included in CASE Online user fees. Utilize the CASE Online Ordering Guide for information on how to get started.