Gillett Agriscience Educator Teaches Professional Development Institute

Kellie Claflin, agriscience educator at Gillett High School recently co-taught an eight-day professional development institute at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas to teach the Principles of Agricultural Science – Animal Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) course for 20 agriscience teachers from across the United States.

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CASE is an instructional system that is changing the culture of agriculture programs in the United States through intense teacher professional development; inquiry-based, student-focused lessons; assessment; and certification.  CASE equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom, and prepares students for success in college and careers emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

While at the CASE Institute,  Claflin spent 65 hours working with teacher Mark Meyer of Kansas facilitating nearly every lesson in the year-long curriculum and teaching particpants how to deliver lessons in an inquiry-based way that will shift focus in the classroom from teacher-led to student-directed learning.

“The CASE curriculum allows students to truly get hands-on experience with different facets in the agriculture industry. By attending the trainings I gain resources to meet students needs’ and gain new idea. It is invaluable,” said Claflin.

Claflin also attended a nine-day professional development institute at the Dairy Education Center in Nicollet, Minn. and hosted by Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, to teach the Food Science and Safety CASE course in the Gillett agriculture program.

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Gillett FFA Member Attends Washington Leadership Conference

Gillett FFA member, Jacob Timm, attended the Washington Leadership Conference in Washington D.C. on July 14th-19th 2015. More than 2,100 members from all corners of the United States attended this conference over the seven week span.
“Students who attend the Washington Leadership Conference learn their purpose, how to value people, how take action and the importance of serving others,” National FFA Organization CEO Dr. Dwight Armstrong said. “They leave with the knowledge and the confidence to act in ways that help their schools, communities and their country.”
Jacob describes his experience as astonishing while learning how to make a difference in his community that can easily make a change in the world.
“Being the only one from Gillett  attending,” said Timm “was definitely a new experience but made me expand my comfort zone  and make new friends along the way.” He also notes that it was a great opportunity to be able  to connect and network with other students from all over the United States while exploring all of what the nation’s capitol had to offer.
Jacob would like to thank the Wisconsin FFA Alumni Association and Section 8 of the Wisconsin FFA Alumni for their scholarships that he was awarded.
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Jacob Timm, Gillett FFA member, stands by the Wisconsin column at the World War II Memorial  in Washington D.C. while attending the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in July 2015.