Michigan Council for Social Studies Workshops Introduce Lessons, Instructional Strategies To Meet Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) and High School Content Expectations (HSCE)

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Sessions cover important concepts in economics, language arts, ethics, US history, globalization and trade

The Council for Economic Education, http://www.councilforeconed.org (formerly known as the National Council on Economic Education) announced its lineup of teacher workshops at the Annual Michigan Conference for the Social Studies (http://www.mcssmi.org) at the Grand Amway Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Monday, February 9th, 2009.

During the workshops, Michigan teachers will explore a variety of print- and technology-based lesson plans that help them teach economics and personal finance. Not only will teachers discover the latest teaching strategies, they will also leave with ready-to-use lesson plans and activities that help them bring a real-world perspective to today's economic turmoil.

"After these workshops, Michigan teachers will have the tools they need to align their curriculum to the Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) and High School Content Expectations (HSCE)," says Troy D. White, the Council for Economic Education's Director of Product Marketing and Sales. "They will be able to quickly find standards-based lesson plans; confidently deliver the knowledge, vocabulary and concepts necessary to meet the GLCE's; and explain a rapidly changing global economy to their students."

Overview of Teacher Workshops

Around the World In an Hour: Trade and Globalization

During Teaching Trade and Globalization in Middle and High School, John Noling of the Michigan Council on Economic Education (http://www.mceeonline.org) explains how, in a tightly-knit international economy, students need a solid understanding of trade and globalization concepts in order to excel in the global marketplace.

Hands-on Learning with Play Dough and Children's Stories

Melinda Dickinson, a 5th grade teacher at Sheridan Road Elementary in Lansign, and Mr. Noling will present Fun and Easy Ways to Teach K-8 Economics with Play Dough and Children's Literature. During the workshop, teachers discover how a simple Play Dough recipe can help mold a basic understanding of economics and personal finance. Teachers will also discover popular children's tales they can use to reinforce economic concepts while strengthening their students' language arts and reading skills.

Understanding Economics in US History

Teachers will add a dose of economics to their US history courses when Mr. Noling explore mystery-based lesson plans and student activities that highlight important economic events throughout US history. During Understanding Economics in US History, (http://store.ncee.net/focus-ushistory.html) teachers discover how to use interactive lesson plans to integrate economic reasoning into their social studies and history courses.

Ethics in Today's Economy

Mr. Noling will interweave important ethics concepts into economics with Does the Free Market Have a Soul? Teaching Ethics in the Marketplace. Teachers delve into interactive- and discussion-based lesson plans that explore how ethics and character play a role into today's global economy and business environment. Teachers will focus on reinforcing important workplace skills like group decision-making, problem solving and role playing.

Replacing Textbooks with Instructional Technology

For teachers interested in sprucing up their curriculum with technology-based software and enhanced web content, Troy D. White, the Council for Economic Education's Director of Sales and Marketing, will present Using Technology to Teach High School Economics. During the workshop, Mr. White will show teachers how to transform their classroom instruction with a combination of web-based lesson plans and a CD-based program packed with over 1,200 lesson plans and 51 economics concepts that are correlated to the High School Content Expectations (HSCE). He will also talk about opportunities for free district-wide training using the Council for Economic Education's popular 'Virtual Economics' program (http://store.ncee.net/virtualeconomics.html).

Council for Economic Education Teacher Workshop Schedule at Michigan Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) 2009

Monday, February 9th

Teaching Trade and Globalization in Middle School and High School
4:30pm-5:30pm
Kendall Room

Tuesday, February 10th

Fun and Easy Ways to Teach K-8 Economics with Play Dough and Children's Literature
10:15am-11:15am
Haldane Room

Understanding Economics in US History
11:30am-12:30pm
Haldane Room

Does the Free Market Have A Soul? Teaching Ethics in the Marketplace
2:00pm-3:00pm
Haldane Room

Using Technology to Teach High School Economics
2:00pm-3:00pm
Emerald A Room

Michigan Council for Economic Education Workshop Schedule

Tuesday, February 10th

How To Really Be A Millionaire...
10:15 am-11:15 am
Pearl Room

America's Financial Crisis Panel Discussion
11:30 am-12:30pm
Pearl Room

Michigan Economics Challenge...Opportunity Knocks!
2:00pm-3:00pm
Pearl Room

About the Presenters

John Noling is an Educator Associate with the Michigan Council on Economic Education. He taught Economics and Social Studies over a thirty year public school career, and is currently training K-12 teachers throughout Michigan.

Melinda Dickinson is a 5th grade teacher at Sheridan Road Elementary School in Lansing. She is chairperson for the Elementary Social Studies Steering Committee and Lansing's Social Studies Specialist. She was honored as the 2007 Michigan Social Studies Teacher of the Year. Her son, Tom Berriman, lives in North Carolina and also teaches Social Studies.

Troy D. White is Director of Sales and Marketing at the Council for Economic Education, where he helps K-12 teachers find economic and personal finance lesson plans for their classrooms.

Council for Economic Education
The Council for Economic Education offers comprehensive, best-in-class K-12 economic and personal finance education programs, including the basics of entrepreneurship, consisting of teaching resources across the curriculum, professional development for teachers, and nationally-normed assessment instruments. Each year, the Council's programs reach more than 150,000 K-12 teachers and over 15 million students in the United States and in more than 30 other countries. These programs are delivered through a diversified system: directly from the Council, through a network of affiliated state Councils and university-based Centers for Economic Education, and through other partner organizations.

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