Nicollet, Minnesota – 20 agricultural educators have arrived at the University of Minnesota Dairy Education Center at New Sweden Dairy to complete the CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) Institute.
CASE is a professional development institute, and has develop 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.
This institute is an Intro to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources course and is the introductory course in the CASE sequence of courses, and is designed to introduce students to the four pathways that will be offered through CASE.
High school agricultural educators from Minnesota, North Dakota, Illinois, and Iowa will be completing the CASE Institute, held through South Central College. Students spend the first half of their time at the Dairy Education Center, and the last half at South Central College learning the curriculum that will be implemented in their classrooms. Educators complete the same assignments, activities and experiments that their students will do in the classroom.
The Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, a public-private partnership, is focused on expanding the footprint of services to producers, agribusinesses and agriculture lenders throughout Southern Minnesota. South Central College serves as the lead institution for the Center and partnered is Minnesota West Technical and Community College within the MnSCU system. A variety of services focused on program development and research, professional preparation, domestic and international marketing opportunities, and partnership development are offered.