2023 Nebraska CASE Institute - Wayne, NE

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Course: Plant Science - In Person!

Starts the evening of July 5 - July 15, 2022 (weekdays only)
Hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and held at Waverly High School (located just outside of Lincoln)

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 with 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.

About the Plant Science Course

Also called, CASE Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant (ASP), the CASE Plant Science course is a foundation-level course teaching students the form and function of plant systems. Student experiences include the study of plant anatomy and physiology, classification, and the fundamentals of production and harvesting.

Students learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agricultural and horticultural production. Students discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy. Teachers are provided with detailed professional development to facilitate instruction.

The units and lessons in Plant Science include the following:  Soils, Anatomy and Physiology, Taxonomy, Growing Environment, Reproduction, Pest and Disease Management, and Crop Production and Marketing.

Click here for more information on the Plant Science course.


The 2022 Nebraska CASE Institute will take place Wednesday, July 6 - Friday, July 15, beginning at 8:00 a.m., ending by 5:00 p.m.  A required orientation will be held on Tuesday, July 5 at 6:00 p.m. in Lincoln or Waverly.   


Institute Sessions will be held at Waverly High School, 13401 Amberly Road, Waverly, NE 68462.

An orientation meeting will be held at a restaurant in Lincoln, TBA.

The hotel is Staybridge Suites Lincoln Northeast, 1501 N 86th Street, Lincoln, NE 68505 (near 84th and Holdrege).  


Orientation: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 5 
Weekday Schedule:
 8:00 - 5:00 Central Time, July 6 - 15 weekdays only (lunch break at noon)
Closing: Early afternoon on Friday, July 15

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 all teachers is $2,900, which is the least expensive Plant Science Institute in 2022.  If teachers choose to stay over the weekend (evenings of July 8 and July 9), there is a $300 additional fee to cover hotel expenses payable during registration.  Otherwise, teachers will check out the morning of Friday, July 8th and check back in on Sunday, July 10th.  

Registration includes all training materials, supplies used at the institute, hotel, and weekday meals/snacks.   

Registration AND payment via credit card is online.  The institute will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.   

CASE Cancellation Policy: Full registration refund for cancellations before April 15.  $200 cancellation fee incurred for cancellations received later than April 15 but more than 30-days from the start date.  $800 cancellation fee incurred for cancellations received within 30-days from the start date or participant is a no-show.  At our discretion, UNL may include an additional cancellation fee to recoup non-refundable costs (we will try to minimize this if needed).

Click Here to Register Now!

Note: Registration is open now through April 15, but seats fill on a first-come, first-served basis! 

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

Note: Unfortunately, Nebraska's Partnerships for Innovation (former statewide Perkins Consortium) no longer is able to receive Perkins funds, so CASE grants are no longer available as in past years.  Having said that, CASE Institutes and equipment are Perkins-eligible expenses, so we encourage you to speak to your school or ESU Perkins coordinators to see how you can access support to attend.

Nebraska FFA Foundation CASE Scholarships 

Due May 1, 2022 (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.  

     - or -

A scholarship to attend any 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, 2022 – Deadline for application of scholarships to Stacie Turnbull at stacie.turnbull@nebraska.gov.  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 scholarship form via the NDE site. 

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