CASE Institutes are a professional development workshop to provide teachers with training for the instruction related to a specific CASE course. CASE Institute sessions give teachers an important background related to the pedagogy used in CASE curricula as well as practice teaching various lessons to prepare them for classroom instruction.


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 AFNR 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.

Dates: July 19-29, 2020

Location: Ovey Comeaux High School, Lafayette, LA

Cost: $2,900

Upon Arrival to Hotel:

  • Arrival, Check-In, Computer Setup, and Orientation – Sunday, July 19, 2020
    • Arrvial and Check In 3pm - 5:30pm
    • Bus will leave Hotel at 5:45pm for kickoff dinner
  • Kickoff Dinner– 6:00 p.m. – Sunday, July 19th @ Abacus Banquets & Receptions (See Directions Below if Driving)
  • Institute Sessions will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, July 20th.
  • The Institute will recess for break on Friday Evening, July 24th and reconvene Monday morning, July 27th (Please note that homework completion may be required over the “break” weekend). Please see Tours Page for weekend activities.
  • The Institute will adjourn on Wednesday, July 29th at noon. Please schedule flights accordingly.
  • Graduate/Professional Development Credit: For Interested Participants, Graduate Credit will be available from McNeese State University and will be presented during the Institute.