2020 NEBRASKA CASE INSTITUTE
Course: Introduction to AFNR
Hosted by the Nebraska Department of Education
Dates: June 21-29, 2020 in Lincoln, NE
Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) introduces students to the range of agricultural opportunities and the pathways of study they may pursue. Science, mathematics, reading, and writing components are woven in the context of agriculture and students will use the introductory skills and knowledge developed in this course throughout the CASE™ curriculum.
Woven throughout the course are activities to develop and improve employability skills of students through practical applications. Students will explore career and post-secondary opportunities in each area of the course.
Students participating in the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course will experience hands-on activities, projects, and problems. Student experiences will involve the study of communication, the science of agriculture, plants, animals, natural resources, and agricultural mechanics. While surveying the opportunities available in agriculture and natural resources, students will learn to solve problems, conduct research, analyze data, work in teams, and take responsibility for their work, actions, and learning. For example, students will work in groups to determine the efficiency and environmental impacts of fuel sources in a practical learning exercise.
The Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources course is intended to serve as the introductory course within the CASE Program of Study. The course is structured to enable all students to have a variety of experiences that will provide an overview of the fields of agricultural science and natural resources so that students may continue through a sequence of courses through high school. The knowledge and skills students develop will be used in future courses within the CASE program.
In addition, students will understand specific connections between their lessons and Supervised Agricultural Experience and FFA components that are important for the development of an informed agricultural education student. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.
The CASE Institute is a professional development workshop to provide teachers training for the instruction related to a specific CASE course. Once a teacher has successfully completed the intense professional development at a CASE Institute,the teacher is certified to teach the specific CASE course. CASE Institute sessions provide teachers important background related to the pedagogy used in CASE curricula and practice teaching various lessons to prepare them for classroom instruction. Teachers are required to attend the entire 9-day workshop and CASE Institute instructors determine if each teacher is adequately prepared to provide instruction using CASE curricula.
June 21-29, 2020
The Career Academy in Lincoln, Nebraska (8800 O Street)
Orientation: 6:00pm Sunday, June 21
Daily Schedule: 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Saturday(half hour lunch break at noon)
Closing: 4:00pm (tentatively) Monday, June 29
- Participant rooms are double-occupancy.
- Breakfast and other amenities are included.
- Request a single room for an additional charge by May 1 by emailing
- Check-in is at 3:00pm, though they may be able to get you in earlier, provided the room is ready.
We will likely again stay at the Staybridge Suites on 84th & Holdrege in Lincoln!
- Breakfast will be available at the hotel.
- Lunches will be provided on-site.
- Dinners will be provided at the hotel or may be on their own. Participants will receive a prepaid VISA gift card upon arrival that can be used as an evening meal stipend for evening meals that are not organized as part of the institute.
Please schedule travel arrangements to ensure your attendance at scheduled events. If you are flying, the Lincoln Airport is closest, but Omaha’s Eppley Airport may have more options and better rates. When booking flights, allow time for travel and check-in. Out-of-state participants car pooled with Nebraska teachers between the hotel and the institute location in previous years.
Nathan Conner, Assistant ProfessorDepartment of Agricultural Leadership, Education and CommunicationUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln143 Filley HallLincoln, NE 68583402.472.2807
Cost to attend the Nebraska CASE Institute is $2,700, which includes all training materials, access to laboratory equipment, lodging (double occupancy hotel room) and classroom facilities. Breakfast is provided each day at your hotel in the dining room. All other meals and breaks will be provided for during training days (Monday through Friday). Weekend meals are not included with the institute.
Registration AND form of Payment is due by June 1. Cost for registration and payment received after June 1 is $3,000. (Please e-mail by this date if payment is on the way.) No reimbursements will be given for non-attendance.
Click below to register for the Nebraska CASE Institute.
Note: Registration goes live December 1. First come, first served!
Registration is open to Nebraska teachers only through December, but opens nationally in January.
See the list for laboratory materials and equipment on the CASE page.
CASE Scholarship Opportunities for Nebraska Teachers
Nebraska teachers can apply for this scholarship to help fund their attendance to any CASE Institute.
Nebraska FFA Foundation CASE Scholarships
Due January 10, 2020
- Twenty 50% scholarships from the Nebraska Soybean Board that teachers may use to attend ANY CASE Institute or reimbursement for an estimated $1,250 for CASE curriculum equipment.
- See the scholarship application to see if you qualify!
- January 10, 2020 – Deadline for application of scholarships.
- Two weeks following the conclusion of the CASE Institute: supplemental curriculum materials submitted and copy of press release to local media.
With questions about the Nebraska CASE Institute, please contact:
State Director of Agricultural Education
Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509