CASE: Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education

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Rutgers University
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Environmental Science Issues (ESI)

July 24 through August 3, 2017

To register, please visit CASE.

Fee: $2,750
per session
Deadline: June 30, 2017

Registration includes all training materials, access to laboratory equipment, lodging and transportation between hotel and classroom facilities.

Breakfast is provided each day at your hotel. All other meals -- lunch and dinner -- are also provided for during training days (i.e. Monday through Friday). An orientation dinner will be provided on Sunday evening, following your arrival.

Questions regarding registration:
Shari Smith, CASE Professional Development Director
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Purchase orders and checks should be made payable to:
National Association of Agricultural Educators
300 Garrigus Building
Lexington, KY, 40546

Questions regarding ESI Institute billing:
Miranda Chaplin, CASE Operations Coordinator, National Association of Agricultural Educators
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4:00pm, Sunday, July 23 at Hampton Inn and Suites Robbinsville
(Dinner and 5:30pm presentation to follow)


Daily Schedule:

8:00am to 5:00pm weekdays
(One hour catered lunch break from 12:00pm-1:00pm)



5:00pm, Thursday, August 3

Please organize your travel arrangements to ensure your attendance at scheduled events. If you are flying, both Newark Liberty International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport are approximately 50 miles/60 minutes from the hotel in Robbinsville. When booking your flight, please allow extra time for travel and check-in procedures.

If flying into Newark Airport, we recommend you take NJ Transit to the Trenton Transit Center. If you will be taking advantage of this option, please contact Nancy Trivette to arrange for transportation from the train station to the hotel.

One-way taxi fare is approximately $50. Please be advised that you are responsible for any costs associated with travel arrangements you make on your own. We highly recommend you communicate directly with us and, later, other participants, to take advantage of group travel, carpooling, etc. before making your final arrangements.

Questions regarding transportation:
Nancy Trivette, State of New Jersey, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Education
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Rutgers University ESI Institute will be held at the Allentown High School in Allentown, New Jersey, only 2 miles (approximately 5 minutes) from the hotel. CASE strongly recommends that all participants, regardless of home proximity, plan to stay in lodging provided. This aspect is important to maintain professional learning communities that are created during the course of the institute – through group homework projects and other collaborative brainstorming. Transportation is provided to/from the hotel and the classroom.

Questions regarding housing, meals, classroom location, and other logistics:
Dalynn Knigge, Rutgers University, Office of Continuing Professional Education
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Your registration includes all training materials and access to laboratory equipment.

Questions regarding ESI Institute curriculum:
Shari Smith, CASE Professional Development Director
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Graduate Credits
Participants in the ESI Institute may be eligible for graduate credits by paying an additional graduate course fee.

Questions regarding registering for graduate credits:
Dr. Mark Robson, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
Marie Pavelchak, Sr. Student Program Coordinator, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University
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To learn more about CASE, click here (PDF download) or visit: You can also view a map and tentative schedule of 2017 CASE Institutes nationwide.

CASE in the News:

CASE Addresses Current Environmental Issues with Addition of New Course

Lt. Gov. Guadagno wants more young New Jerseyans to pursue farming

Woodstown High School hosts nationwide agricultural curriculum course

Salem County school districts with agricultural programs hope to see them expand

Agriculture teachers get intense training class at Northern Burlington Regional High School

Other New Jersey Agricultural Education Links:
State of New Jersey, Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Education
Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
Rutgers University, Office of Continuing Professional Education