DuPont, NAAE grant program backed as special project of National FFA Foundation to provide agriscience teacher training, classroom resources

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National FFA Foundation
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INDIANAPOLIS (Tuesday, March 19, 2013/National FFA Foundation) – DuPont and the National Association of Agricultural Educators has awarded $200,000 in grants to provide agriscience educators with training and classroom resources to implement advanced curriculum that will better prepare students for future careers in agriculture and food.

DuPont Pioneer is working closely with NAAE to award grants to teachers implementing the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education but need additional funding.

“Feeding the world will require that more students understand agriculture and become future leaders in food and agriscience,” said Michelle Gowdy, director of community and academic relations at DuPont Pioneer. “We are working with others in education and in agriculture to ensure teachers have the best tools at their disposal to get more students excited about agriculture and careers in agriscience.”

CASE is a multi-year approach to agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry-focused learning activities. The collaboration with DuPont Pioneer and CASE is a special project of the National FFA Foundation.

“DuPont Pioneer understands the importance of CASE and the company is putting its funding where teachers have said they need it most,” said CASE project director Dan Jansen. “These grants will help teachers who have wanted to implement the CASE curriculum but have not been able to because of school budgets.”

The DuPont Pioneer grants will be available to help with three areas teachers have identified as cost barriers to implementing the program in their schools – teacher training, equipment and materials and end-of-course assessments.

The DuPont Pioneer Global Giving Program is intended to improve food security by advancing agriculture through science, education and innovation and to enhance the quality of life for farmers and their communities globally. Addressing the unique challenges of our local communities promotes economic growth, improved health and overall quality of life.

CASE is an instructional system that equips teachers to elevate student experiences in the agriculture classroom and prepares students for success in college and careers by emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math. To learn more about CASE, visit www.case4learning.org.

The National FFA Foundation is the fundraising arm of the National FFA Organization, which provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agriculture education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately-registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.