2021 Nebraska CASE Institute

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Course: Natural Resources and Ecology - Virtual!**

Hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Starts the evening of June 14 through June 23, 2021, (weekdays only) held virtually from your home or school!  

About CASE

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 participate in the entire 8-day workshop and CASE Institute instructors determine if each teacher is adequately prepared to provide instruction using CASE curricula.

**Virtual Institute Information 

Attend a Virtual CASE Institute within the comforts of your home or school without traveling. CASE is offering virtual professional development to address the safety concerns regarding the COVID Pandemic. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to complete a CASE Institute without the time of travel.  Read below for more information!

About the Natural Resources & Ecology Course

The Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE) course is a foundation course within the CASE sequence of courses. The course provides students a variety of experiences in the fields of natural resources and ecology. Students will explore hands-on projects and activities while studying topics such as land use, water quality, stewardship, and environmental agencies. Study of the natural world including biomes, land, air, water, energy, use, and care as well as a focus on issues surrounding man's interaction with the Earth will be addressed in this course.

Students will select an ecosystem to study throughout the course and apply principles of natural resources and ecology from each unit of study to that ecosystem.

The lessons in Natural Resources and Ecology include the following:  Conservation, Preservation, Exploitation; Mother Earth; Water Works; Lighter than Air; Earth's Energy; Flora and Fauna; Farming, Forestry and Ferrous; We the People; and Past, Present, Future.

Click here for more information on the NRE course.

Additional Virtual Details

During the CASE Institute, you will receive instruction on preparing materials for CASE Activities, Projects, Problems. Once registered, your host institution will ship most of the capital and consumable materials you need for the CASE Institute. The host will share a list of remaining common materials to collect at your school or home. After completing the institute, the materials are yours to keep to implement CASE in your classroom.

The Virtual CASE Institute will use a Google Classroom platform for you to communicate with other participants and complete all required certification tasks. Your daily work during the CASE Institute will consist of synchronous and asynchronous work. Plan to use a designated workspace for attending the CASE Institute. The workspace should include:

  • Computer with internet access
  • Audio/Visual technologies – internal computer camera and microphone at a minimum.
  • Small lab table to organize daily materials and complete activities

This unique opportunity will include virtual delivery methods for CASE curriculum. CASE, along with your host, will communicate additional details as we move closer to the orientation date one week before starting the CASE Institute.


Whether CASE certified or not, all CASE participants must complete CASE Foundations and have joined the Google Classroom with a PERSONAL GMAIL ACCOUNT. Participants will receive a Google Classroom code before orientation.


The 2021 Nebraska CASE Institute will take place Monday, June 14 - Wednesday, June 23, beginning at 9:00 a.m., ending by 4:00 p.m.  A required orientation will be held on Thursday, June 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Additionally, all teachers must complete CASE Foundations, between the orientation and before the first day of the institute, approximately one hour.  

Scheduling Note: The Nebraska Career Education Conference takes place June 7 - 10, 2020.


Held virtually using Zoom and other online platforms.  You may participate from your school or home!


Orientation: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 
CASE Foundations: Independently completed between June 4 - June 13, estimated 1 hour of time
Weekday Schedule:
9:00 - 4:00 Central Time, June 14 - 23 weekdays only (lunch break at noon)
Closing: 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23

Graduate Credit

Participants in the Institute may earn graduate credits through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Further details and tuition fees will be provided upon request. Questions regarding graduate credit should be directed to:

Nathan Conner, Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
143 Filley Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583

Cost to attend the Nebraska NRE CASE Institute for Nebraska teachers is just $250 thanks to a generous grant from the Nebraska Partnerships for Innovation statewide CTE consortium.

Cost to attend the Nebraska NRE CASE Institute for teachers outside of Nebraska is $3,000.

Cost to attend the Nebraska NRE CASE Institute for UNL pre-service teachers is FREE thanks to generous support from the UNL ALEC Department and a grant from Corteva Agrisciences. Up to five pre-service teachers may participate.

Registration includes all training materials, and nearly all equipment and supplies.  Teachers will need to use some supplies from school and be provided a minimal shopping list for items to acquire locally. 

Registration AND form of Payment is due by May 14, 2021. The cost for registration and payment received after May 15 is $3,000. (Please call 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 and download the CASE School District Agreement.

Click Here to Register Now!

Note: Registration is live through April 15, but seats fill on a first come, first served basis!
Registration is open to Nebraska teachers only through January and opens nationally in February.

Invoices will be emailed to teachers by March 15. Payment for the Nebraska CASE Institute should be made by check or through a school-issued Purchase Order by May 14, 2021. 

Payments and purchase orders should be made out to "University of Nebraska-Lincoln" and sent to:

Christina Franklin
Administrative Assitant
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
143 Filley Hall
P.O. Box 830947
Lincoln, NE 68583-0947

Wondering what it costs to implement CASE beyond the training?

Click here to see the list for laboratory materials and equipment on the CASE page. (Free account required to view.)

CASE Scholarship Opportunities for Nebraska Teachers

Nebraska teachers attending the UNL NRE CASE Institute will automatically receive a scholarship from Partnerships for Innovation valued at $2,750.  This will automatically be applied to the $3,000 cost to attend the institute, making the total fee to participate only $250!  

Nebraska pre-service teachers (up to five) may participate for free thanks to a grant from Corteva Agriscience and the UNL Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication!

Nebraska FFA Foundation CASE Scholarships 

Due May 1, 2021 (First-come, first-served)


A scholarship to cover 50% of the cost of equipment/supplies purchased to implement a CASE class - up to $1,500.  (This option is recommended for those attending the UNL CASE NRE Institute.  This will not cover the $250 fee, however.)

     - or -

A scholarship to attend any virtual CASE Institute (nation-wide), which covers up to 50% of the registration cost - up to $1,500.   


See the scholarship application to see if you qualify!


  • May 1, 2020 – Deadline for application of scholarships to Donelle Wolters at neaged.statedirector@gmail.com.  It's recommended that you apply ASAP, however, as the scholarships are limited and will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis!
  • August 15 - All follow-up materials must be submitted as detailed in the application (documentation, press release, invoices, etc.).

Click here to access the 2021 Nebraska CASE Scholarship.

With questions about the Nebraska CASE Institute, please contact:

Matt Kreifels
Associate Professor of Practice
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
143 Filley Hall
P.O. Box 830947

(402) 617-1419