During Tough Times, California Social Studies Teachers Discover Affordable Ways to Teach K-12 Economics by the Standards

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Workshops at CCSS Annual Conference Highlight AP® Economics, Three Little Pigs and Strategies for Using Technology to Engage More Students.

Teachers will leave these workshops with the tools and confidence to teach K-12 economics at any level, and on any budget.

The Council for Economic Education unveiled its economics workshops at the California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) Conference at the Pasadena Convention Center on Friday, March 5th through Sunday, March 7th.

To help California K-12 teachers meet the State Content Standards in Economics, as well as find content to teach the current economic crisis in their classrooms, the Council for Economic Education is conducting a series of teacher workshops that use the popular children's story "Three Little Pigs" to demonstrate costs and benefits; delve into the nuts-and-bolts of starting an AP Economics course; and explore ways to use technology to boost productivity and increase student achievement.

"Even though California schools are facing unprecedented budgetary challenges, this economic crisis gives social studies teachers a wealth of teachable economic moments," says Troy D. White, the Council for Economic Education's Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. "Teachers will leave these workshops with the tools and confidence to teach K-12 economics at any level, and on any budget."

Economics Workshop Schedule at the California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS) Conference

Friday, March 5th

Novel Ways to Teach K-8 Economics
11:00am - 12:00pm

Saturday, March 6th

Your AP Economic Starter Kit
8:30am - 9:30am

Sunday, March 7th

Using Technology to Teach K-12 Economics By the Standards
11:00am - 12:00pm

About the Presenters

Brian Held -- teaches AP Microeconomics, AP Macroeconomics, and World History at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. He also serves as the Head Varsity Tennis Coach. Brian has been as an AP Grader in Economics since 2005 and for the past 2 years has been a table leader at the readings. He received his Masters in Economics & Global Economics from California State University, Los Angeles. Brian received his Masters in Education, Instruction Technology from Grand Canyon University and his B.A. from Georgetown University.

Mark Ahalt -- currently is an associate professor at Oregon Institute of Technology and a Teacher Support Specialist for the Council for Economic Education. He spent 16 years teaching economics and entrepreneurship in Southern Oregon public schools, and joined a non-profit group to develop an interactive Economics curriculum called Thinking Economics. Over the course of three three years, he toured countless high schools and teacher conferences, providing assistance and insight for high school educators looking to improve engagement and understanding through technology.

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 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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