CCPS to Host National Agriscience Professional Development Institute
Westminster, MD
07/13/2017 01:35 PM

Carroll County Public Schools will be hosting an eight-day agriscience professional development institute for 20 participants from across the United States on July 18-27, 2017, at Westminster High School.


Participants will travel from Oregon, Colorado, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Maryland to participate in this excellent opportunity for intense professional development. The institute will provide experience in a semester-long curriculum for Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. The curriculum was written by Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE).


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 agriscience classroom and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


Ted McNett, Assistant Supervisor of Career and Technology Education for Carroll County Public Schools, is the coordinator for this CASE Institute. He worked closely with CASE staff, CASE Lead Teachers, and participating teachers from across the nation to help make the institute successful. While at the CASE Institute, participants will spend 65 hours working through nearly every lesson in the curriculum and learning how to deliver lessons using inquiry-based learning, shifting focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.


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