Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)

CASE Institute is an intensive professional development leading to certification in a specific CASE course. Institutes provide important background related to inquiry-based pedagogy used in CASE curricula and practice teaching lessons to prepare classroom instruction. The project goal is to implement a national curriculum for secondary agricultural education that provides high-level educational experiences to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food, and natural resources (AFNR). Besides elevating the rigor of AFNR knowledge and skills, CASE provides purposeful enhancement of science, mathematics, and English language understanding.

CASE concepts are taught using activity-, project-, and problem-based instructional strategies. CASE ensures quality teaching by providing extensive professional development leading to certification. CASE curriculum is designed to promote common understandings of agricultural concepts. By providing instruction based on common concepts, meaningful and valid assessments of agricultural education can be accomplished.

For the 2020 NC State CASE AFNR Institute, the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is providing teacher support in the amount of $1500 per teacher.

NC State AFNR CASE Information

AFNR CASE Institute

Who: Agriculture teachers

Contact: Travis Park ( for additional information

Curriculum: CASE Curriculum complements the NC Blueprints for Agriculture by integrating inquiry-based, robust science experiments that bring the sciences of agriculture to life for your students. CASE prepares students for both collegiate studies of agriculture and agricultural careers.

Dates: 4:00 pm, Sunday, July 26, 2020 through 3:00 pm, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Travel: Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is 20 minutes from campus. Uber or Lyft are the best options for travel between RDU and NC State.

Lodging: Wolf Village Apartments on NC State campus. Arrangements will be 4-room, 4-person, suite-style rooms. Each suite includes a kitchenette with refrigerators. Common areas are available on the floor for collaboration and fellowship. Linens and towels are provided.

Plan to arrive at NC State University by 3 pm on Sunday, July 26, 2020, for your institute orientation.  During orientation, you will be provided with a complete schedule for the duration of the institute.

  • (M-F) Classes start promptly each day at 8 am and finish at 5 pm. We will provide breakfast daily. There will be a one-hour break each day with lunch served at NC State dining.
  • Each evening will be a scheduled group meal at NC State dining for all participants or a group meal with group activities. Participants will have homework to complete on several evenings.

Weekend Off – August 1-2:  NC State AFNR Institute participants will have the weekend to explore beautiful North Carolina.  Raleigh is located in The Triangle with lots to see in the surrounding area including nearby Durham and Chapel Hill. The city is only a two-hour drive from the Carolina coast and gorgeous beaches, and only four hours from Asheville and the Blue Ridge Mountains. There will be a planned trip west to the mountains that participants can join, or participants can sightsee and enjoy the weekend on their own.  Each participant will have their room at NC State University reserved for the entire duration of the Institute.  All weekend activities (including meals) will be the responsibility of participants.

Mel Phelps 
is a 21-year veteran agriculture teacher from Lowville, NY. He has served as a CASE Lead Teacher for the past 5 years.
Liz Tinaglia is an agriculture teacher from Owatonna, MN. She has worked with CASE for the past several years.

Cost: $2,800* including lodging and meals.

Teacher Support: For the 2020 NC State CASE AFNR Institute, the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is providing teacher support in the amount of $1500 per teacher. Apply here.