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Performance-Based Assessments Across K-12 Subjects: Essential Skills in Economics

You don’t have to be an expert in [economics], but having the ability to think the way these experts do will help you tremendously. –Bill Gates (2017), Microsoft Co-founder

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University of Lynchburg Center for Economic Education

Dec 10, 2018
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
University of Lynchburg – Drysdale West Room
1501 Lakeside Drive
Lynchburg, VA 24501
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Grade Level: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 4, Grade 5, High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 6

This professional development program is for K-12 teachers of all subjects! The hands-on program will begin with a review of performance-based assessments (PBAs) best-practices as recommended by the Virginia Department of Education. Examples of multidisciplinary PBAs correlated to specific Standards of Learning will be shared. While the “Essential Skills” in economics (aka, economic reasoning skills) are required in every K-12 social studies subject, these 21st century life-skills are applicable to all subjects and everyday life. Examples of the benefits of developing these skills include: sharpening critical thinking and critical literacy skills; entertaining multiple perspectives; better understanding current events; laying the groundwork for authentic discussions and civil debates; articulating opinions grounded in basic economic concepts and principles; casting informed votes; and, making students’ thinking explicit for assessment purposes.

After the instructor models effective economic reasoning instructional practices, teachers will be grouped by grade levels and subject areas to practice using economic reasoning tools and rubrics. The day will conclude with teachers brainstorming other classroom-ready instructional activities for their students, which they may submit to the 2019 Economic Educator Awards program sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education. First place awards are $1,000.

Breakfast and lunch included.


Instructor: Rebecca Booth, Director
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Rebecca Booth, Director
Center for Economic Education
University of Lynchburg

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