Kori Jensen, Waverly Agricultural Education Instructor, attended a 10-day professional development session in July at the University of Nebraska Lincoln to teach the Introduction to Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) section of the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE).
The AFNR course is designed to introduce students to the world of agriculture, the pathways they may pursue, and enhance their knowledge in science, mathematics, reading, and writing. This course allows students to experience exciting hands-on activities, projects, and problems while gaining basic skills and knowledge in agriculture. The course includes six units: Agricultural Education – Agriculture, FFA, and SAE, Communication Methods, Science Processes, Natural Resources, Plants and Animals, and Agricultural Mechanics.
To enhance this curriculum Jensen developed a soybean unit highlighting production, processing, and use of soybeans in Nebraska. It is important for Nebraska youth to understand the role soybeans play in agriculture and our economy. For more information on Nebraska soybean production visit nebraskasoybeans.org.
After spending approximately 80 hours going through each lesson, Jensen is now one of sixteen agricultural teachers in Nebraska certified to teach the CASE curriculum. Currently 44 Waverly High School students are enrolled in this course, which serves as a foundation for the Waverly Agricultural Education Curriculum. Jensen would like to continue implementing other CASE courses by attending additional summer CASE seminars in Plant and Animal Sciences.