Teachers may have a little break during the summer, but most of Nebraska’s agriculture teachers chose to fill their summer months with professional development opportunities.
In its fourth year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education Institute (CASE) was filled with teachers eager to become certified instructors in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources course. Teachers attending the CASE Institute are provided with the tools necessary to take the curriculum for the Introduction class and the knowledge and hands-on experience to implement it right into their classroom. CASE Institutes occur at sites across the US in the summer and some of Nebraska’s teachers attended other Institutes to become certified in Animal Systems and Principals of Agricultural Science – Plant. In order to become certified in a CASE curriculum, a teacher must participate in an 80-hour Institute.
New this year, the Tri-State Delta Conference was a five-day experience for agriculture teachers that focuses on becoming a better teacher and leader for students. Participants leave as better teachers, better at articulating value of their program to stakeholders and an understanding of building a sustainable and innovative agricultural education program. The conference was held July 7-11 in Curtis and was targeted for teachers in Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska. It was highlighted on KNOP and click here to see the full report.
These are only two unique opportunities for Nebraska’s agriculture teachers. If you look at the professional development list for teachers, there are twelve different options for teachers! When we look at the impact a teacher can have on Nebraska’s agricultural education, I think it’s easy to see how important this is for our teachers. I hope you see the importance in your local communities of giving agriculture teachers the tools they need to be successful teachers and leaders in our schools and communities, so they can make a lasting impact on students.