Workshop Description

Economics Institute — Lebanon, VA

Teaching or planning to teach economics? This course will help you “bring it alive” and make it relevant for your students.

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Jul 17, 2017 - Jul 26, 2017
July 17, 18, 19, 9:00 AM - 4:30 pm
July 24, 25, 26, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Southwest Virginia Community College, Center for Education and Training (Room 2)
141 Highland Drive
Lebanon, VA 24266
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Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 42

Grounded in research-based economics instructional practices, this 6-day (42 hours) professional development program is designed to equip teachers with the economics content knowledge and pedagogy needed to effectively teach economics in an accessible and practical way that ultimately empowers students. Teachers will learn how to translate economics content into life skills required of critically-minded citizens who make intelligent and productive decisions as employees, business owners, investors, consumers, and voters. The economics content, based on the Economics and Personal Finance course standards, will be taught by demonstrating classroom-tested, active-learning lessons relevant to students’ lives and recommended for classroom use. An emphasis will be placed on using economics to prepare students for democratic citizenship (e.g., understanding current events and casting informed votes) and to develop economics reasoning skills (e.g., cost-benefit analysis, decision-making models, and the “economic way of thinking” six principles). Multidisciplinary connections between economics and other subjects and grades as well as performance-based learning and assessments will also be highlighted and demonstrated.

Teachers will receive a wealth of student-centered instructional resources for teaching economics, including a Virtual Economics 4.5 flash drive ($160 value) that contains over 1,400 K-12 activity-based lessons in economics and personal finance. While this Economics Institute is geared toward economics instruction at the middle and high school level, elementary school teachers are encouraged to attend to also strengthen their economics content knowledge and instructional practices.

Teachers who successfully complete the entire Institute and pass a test will earn the credentials of a VCEE Certified Economics Educator.

Breakfast and lunch included.

In an effort to assist with the travel distance between school divisions, UVA-Wise has a grant to provide a $75 travel stipend to each teacher who completes the Institute.  The Institute will be held in a town closest to the addresses provided by the majority of those registered as of the May 20 deadline. The exact location will be emailed to all registered participants.

Fee: NO CHARGE, however $0.00 refundable fee required

Registration is not complete until a check payable to VCEE for a $0.00 refundable deposit is received. The deposit will be returned uncashed after you complete the workshop. Mail the check to:

Dr. Cheryl Ayers
Virginia Tech
Center for Economic Education
AAEC Dept - 0401
218 Hutcheson Hall
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg VA 24061

Instructor: Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Associate Director
Contact Person:
Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Associate Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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