MWEC, Chemeketa, OSU, and CASE—Making a Difference in Ag Education
The Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) is an inquiry-based, scientific approach to teaching in school-based secondary agriculture programs that is aligned with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) (The Council, 2011).
What does this mean?
- As a student, you will be learning all about science and math in a hands-on, fun, interactive classroom. You can also learn more about the schools in the MWEC region that have implemented CASE and dual credit opportunities with Chemeketa.
- As a teacher, you may wonder what it's like teaching CASE. Check out the CASE website (scroll down a bit), for some information about what other teachers are saying about CASE. If you are a MWEC school interested in implementing CASE, you can contact the MWEC executive director to learn what steps you need to take.
- As a school administrator, you may wonder how this will help students in your school learn valuable math, science, and literacy standards. The entire curriculum is cross-walked to the national standards and allows students a way to learn key academic concepts in an applied setting. You can also consider offering CASE classes for applied science credit.
During the 2010-11 school year MWEC worked with the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences to conduct research on CASE to determine the impact on teachers and students. While there are always challenges to implementing a new curriculum, it was found to be a positive move for all teachers involved.