Maine Social Studies Teachers Discover Cutting-Edge Techniques, Strategies for Integrating Economics Into K-12 Curriculum at MCSS Annual Conference

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Free Virtual Economics CD Gives Teachers Access to Over 1,200 Activity-based Lesson Plans Correlated to Maine Learning Results

The Council for Economic Education (http://www.councilforeconed.org) will partner with the Maine Council for the Social Studies and the Maine Credit Union League to present the MCSS Annual Conference in Portland and Hermon, Maine. The conference will highlight a series of K-12 workshops designed to show teachers how to infuse economics into their curriculum, while leveraging the technology resources available to Maine teachers through the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) laptop program.

The mission of the conference is to provide teachers with the content, resources, and instructional strategies that prepare students for the global economy. Participants will receive information from the Council on Economic Education and other Maine educational organizations about economic education and personal finance resources.

All Attendees Will Receive a Complimentary Copy of Virtual Economics

The centerpiece of the conference will be Virtual Economics (http://store.councilforeconed.org/virtualeconomics.html), a CD with over 1,200 lesson plans and teaching resources. Every teacher that attends the conference will receive a complimentary copy of Virtual Economics -- a $100 value.

The plenary session will explore the importance of teaching economics across the K-12 curriculum and show teachers how to use their Virtual Economics CD to infuse economics, personal finance and technology into their classrooms.

Teachers can attend the conference for only $35 dollars, which includes lunch, networking opportunities and a complimentary copy of Virtual Economics. In order to minimize travel expenses and broaden access to the event for all teachers, the conference will take place in Portland on Friday, October 23rd, and in Hermon on Monday, October 26th.

To register online, teachers can visit https://mcss.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4z5/, or download the registration form at http://memun.org/MCSS/Conference%20Registration.pdf.

Standards-based Economic Content Meets the Maine Learning Technology Initiative and Maine Learning Results for Social Studies

When students fire up their laptops, they're ready to connect to the web, to each other... and to their teachers.

To that end, the conference will explore how teachers can maximize learning in a high-tech setting. During an interactive suite of workshops led by experts in economic education, teachers will use Virtual Economics as a hub for integrating print, web, and technology-based resources into a seamless curriculum that meets the Maine Learning Results for Social Studies requirements.

Teachers will focus on using technology to find standards-based lesson plans, deliver multimedia content for differentiated learning, and harness the power of online economic and personal finance lessons.

Furthermore, teachers will develop a step-by-step process to a) build their economic knowledge; b) find activity‚Äźbased lessons that apply economic principles to everyday situations; c) use multimedia resources to deliver core content; and d) extend lessons using the Web.

Workshops for K-5 Teachers: The Nitty-Gritty of Elementary Economics

In two highly-interactive workshops, teachers use popular children's stories like "The Three Little Pigs" to introduce their students to basic economics concepts (http://store.councilforeconed.org/teaching-econ-using-childrens-lit.html). Then, to break up the daily humdrum of multiplication tables, addition and subtraction, teachers will explore ways to infuse economics into math courses through money management, saving and investing activities.

Workshops for Middle School and Junior High Teachers: Making Economics Relevant to US History and Geography

During a series of workshops designed to prepare middle school students for success in their high school studies, teachers will build a bridge between economics and their geography and US History courses. With activity-based lesson plans and interactive classroom simulations, teachers will explore ways to make economics relevant to US history, geography and more.

Workshops for High School Teachers: Understanding (and Teaching) Economics in World History, Civics and Government

The current political climate calls for more educated and informed citizens, which is why high school students need to understand how their decisions affect the economy and what role the government plays in it. To help make this connection, teachers will explore activity-based economics lesson plans designed to pack more civics and government into each class period, while also globalizing their history curriculum with web-based lesson plans.

Workshop Schedule at Glance:

Morning

-Fire Up Those Laptops: Using Technology to Teach Economics (Grades K-12)
-Even the Three Little Pigs Know Economics (Grades K-5)
-Making Economics Relevant to Middle School Students (Grades 6-8)
-Curricular Bipartisanship: Bringing Economics and Government Together in the Classroom (Grades 9-12)

Afternoon

-Use EconEdLink.org to Move Your K-12 Instruction to the Web (Grades K-12)
-Economics, Easy as 1-2-3: A 3-step Personal Finance Program Helps You Apply Mathematics to -Everyday Life (Grades K-5)
-Teaching U.S. History Through an Economic Lens (Grades 6-8)
-Understanding Economics through World History (Grades 9-12)

More Information about the MCSS 2009 Annual Conference

For more information and to register for the Maine Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference, visit https://mcss.wufoo.com/forms/z7x4z5/

About the Council for Economic Education

The Council for Economic Education envisions a world in which people are empowered through economic and financial literacy to make informed and responsible choices throughout their lives as consumers, savers, investors, workers, citizens, and participants in our global economy.

The Council for Economic Education (http://www.councilforeconed.org) 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.

About the Maine Council for the Social Studies

The Maine Council for the Social Studies is the statewide professional organization for educators and all those who are interested in promoting excellence in Social Studies education in Maine. MCSS is the state affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies.

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