CASE is committed to providing career-changing professional development opportunities. CASE Institutes are intense professional development programs for each CASE course. These experiences lead teachers through the rigors of the curriculum examining every aspect of the pedagogy and laboratory procedures. CASE Institutes are facilitated by practicing CASE teachers that bring a wealth of implementation strategies and intangibles to enrich the experiences of CASE Institute participants.
CASE Institute instructors are called Lead and Master Teachers. They have specific roles and responsibilities for facilitating an institute. Each year on the third weekend in April, CASE holds Lead Teacher Orientation. At this professional development session, teachers who have been selected to lead CASE Institutes meet to gain skills in facilitating professional development and classroom instruction, develop team assignments, and work collaboratively with other agriculture teachers from across the nation. Much like a CASE Institute, Lead Teacher Orientation provides over twenty hours of professional development to Lead Teachers during the three days of Lead Teacher Orientation.
CASE covers all expenses for the teacher to travel to Lead Teacher Orientation. Teachers receive professional development credits for the experience. CASE considers being a Lead Teacher an honor, as the greatest professional development experience is that of teaching other teachers for the improvement of their practice.
Typically, Lead Teachers recommend Lead Teacher candidates from previous CASE Institutes. However, CASE staff will evaluate every application as long as the minimum qualifications for becoming a Lead Teacher have been met. Lead Teacher qualifications include the following:
- Must be CASE certified in the course the candidate wishes to Lead Teach
- Must have taught the CASE course certified in according to CASE design for at least one school year by the time of assigned CASE Institute
- Must be able to attend all sessions of CASE Lead Teacher Orientation
- Must meet descriptors of good CASE Lead Teachers as discussed in the Lead and Master Teacher Manual
For more specifics related to Lead and Master Teachers please read the manual linked below.
2017 Lead Teacher Orientation
April 20 - 22, 2017
Crowne Plaza AiRE MSP Airport
Lead and Master Teacher Applications are done via a SurveyGizmo application online. All letters of recommendation and the Administrative Acknowledgement (available for download below) will need to be scanned and ready for upload to your application for it to be complete. Progress can be saved and the application can be completed at a different time.
Deadline for all Lead and Master Teacher Applications is January 16, 2017.