Virginia Commonwealth University

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Current Events in International Trade for the Classroom

Brush up on your global economics knowledge while learning best practices for teaching current events on international trade in the classroom!

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Nov 30, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Roanoke Higher Education Center (Room 715)
108 N Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24016
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Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 6

Trade issues occasionally dominate and are a continuing theme of the international scene: the global market, sweatshops, child labor, trade deficits, the euro, sanctions, tariffs, embargoes, and the EU, NAFTA, WTO – the seemingly endless alphabet of interest groups, treaties, organizations, and trade agreements. As a classroom topic, international trade has the great advantage of providing ready-made material for teachers wanting to engage student interest in current events. On the other hand, the complexity of the issues surrounding trade is daunting. While economic reasoning doesn’t guarantee resolution of the issues, it is a powerful tool of critical thinking that brings clarity to the discussion of current events. The ability to determine comparative advantage through opportunity cost, the ability to identify incentives and predict resulting behavior, and the ability to use supply and demand analysis of particular labor and resource markets, help students to set aside the emotion of international trade issues and cut through the rhetoric of media reports.

This workshop will offer classroom examples and activities that help students build a foundation for their opinions on the news of the day.  Teachers will also receive classroom-ready lessons that include teacher background, hands-on instructional practices, and live links to trade data sources.  Breakfast and lunch included.

Program co-sponsored and taught by the Foundation for Teaching Economics.


Fee: NO CHARGE, however $25.00 refundable fee required

Registration is not complete until a check payable to VCEE for a $25.00 refundable deposit is received. The deposit will be returned uncashed after you complete the workshop. Mail the check to:

Virginia Tech

Center for Economic Education

AAEC Dept. - 0401

218 Hutcheson Hall

250 Drillfield Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061


Instructor: Don Fell,Ph.D., Foundation for Teching Economics; Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Associate Director
Contact Person:
Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Associate Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech
434.258.2380
cheryl42@vt.edu

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