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Performance-based Assessments Across K-12 Subjects: Integrating 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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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Jun 08, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration Deadline: May 25, 2018
Twin Valley Elementary Middle School LIBRARY
9017 Riverside Drive
Oakwood , Virginia 24631
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In-Service: Buchanan County Public Schools
Grade Level: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, High School, Kindergarten, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 7

This hands-on professional development program will begin by reviewing and applying the guidelines and best practices for developing performance-based assessments (PBAs) as recommended by the Virginia Department of Education.  After critiquing examples of standards-based PBAs, teachers will practice easily integrating economics content into existing and new PBAs for a more multidisciplinary approach.  While the Essential Skills in Economics 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 instructional and democratic citizenship benefits of developing these economic reasoning skills in students include:  sharpening critical thinking and critical literacy skills; entertaining multiple perspectives; better understanding current events; laying the groundwork for authentic discussions and civil debates; casting informed votes; and making students’ thinking explicit for assessment purposes.

Designed to facilitate more authentic and deeper learning, teachers will brainstorm ways to integrate the Essential Skills in Economics to also develop students’ mastery of other K-12 English/language arts and social studies skills such as analyzing and synthesizing primary and secondary sources; using evidence to draw conclusions and make generalizations; articulating and defending positions using content vocabulary; comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, and political perspectives; explaining cause-and-effect relationships; and practicing good citizenship skills while collaborating and compromising.  Teachers will be grouped by grade levels and subject areas to tweak and develop classroom-ready PBAs to increase student achievement and empowerment.  If available, teachers are asked to bring a sample PBA for analysis purposes.


Instructor: Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Co-Director
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Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Co-Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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