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FCPS Virtual PD: Teaching Controversial Issues in Economics

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George Mason University Center for Economic Education

Feb 04, 2019
9:00 am - 11:30 am
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Grade Level: High School
Potential Recertification Credits: 1

From Craig Perrier, FCPS High School Social Studies Specialist:

I am happy to invite you to be a virtual presenter at our online PD on inquiry  on Feb 4th.  Social studies teachers are engaging in an  event that includes 3 rounds of 25 minute webinars.  Are you or a colleague available/willing  to be a presenter that day?  If so, I am happy  to set up a call  or discuss by email and flesh this out more.

Logistically, I will provide a webinar link and directions on how to use BB Collaborate. It would be 3, 25 minute presentations that have the following:

  • Title
  • Essential Question
  • Description 3 -4 sentences
  • 2-3 Outcomes
  • Targeted Audience

From Kate Scott, GMU CEE Associate Director

Title: Teaching Controversial Issues in Economics

Essential Question: What methods can be used to afford students the opportunity to investigate and analyze controversial issues in economics while maintaining a safe learning environment?

Description: In light of the current political environment and the humanitarian issues that face our world, students more than ever need tools to process current economic events.  In this session, strategies will be presented to assist educators in curating these conversations in a manner that is productive and safe for all learners.

Outcomes: Teachers will leave equipped with access to tools available to use in their classroom to be used to assist students in developing logical arguments in a manner that encourages students to cite evidence when drawing conclusions regarding the impact of a controversial topic has on the economy.  Teachers will also participate in a simulated activity in order to evaluate how these methods can be translated into the secondary classroom.

Target Audience: 9 – 12 Social Studies/Economics Educators


Instructor: O. Kate Scott, Associate Director
Contact Person:
O. Kate Scott, Associate Director
Center for Economic Education
George Mason University

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