Springfield HS Agriscience Teacher Appointed to National Cohort of CASE Lab Specialists

Springfield HS Agriscience Teacher Appointed to National Cohort of CASE Lab Specialists
Springfield HS Agriscience Teacher Appointed to National Cohort of CASE Lab Specialists

SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Julie Newberry, the Agriscience Educator at Springfield High School, served in the annual cohort of Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) Lab Specialists.

Thirty CASE-certified teachers were selected from across the nation to deliver curriculum demonstrations and micro-professional development in The Lab powered by CASE during the 95th National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis, IN in October, Julie Newberry was selected because of her in-depth knowledge of the curriculum and exceptional facilitation skills with both students and teachers.

CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development; inquiry-based, student-focused lessons; assessment; and certification. CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In 2009, schools began implementing CASE into their programs. More than 4,000 teachers from 48 states, plus the Virgin Islands, hold close to 6,000 certifications and use them each day in their agriculture classrooms.

1. Julie Newberry led a demonstration of a premier activity from CASE Animal Science (ASA) one of the 13 courses CASE offers. Demonstrations occurred on the hour every hour for the 64,000+ visitors to the Expo. Visitors observed and participated in inquiry-based lessons that shift focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.

2. Julie Newberry led discussions regarding the curriculum with the pool of potential CASE teachers from the 64,000+ visitors to the Expo, ranging from basic information to detailed accounts of how the curriculum positively impacts their students. Visitors interacted with materials and equipment that demonstrate how CASE shifts focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.

“Our CASE Lab Specialists were invaluable during the National FFA Convention and Expo,” says Nancy Trivette, CASE Director. “Their expertise, content knowledge, and passion for CASE impacted students and teachers alike. Their time and dedication ensured we could connect with and support as many teachers as possible.”

CASE is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education. For more information, visit www.teachcase.org.

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