Professional Development Program for Economics Teachers
June 21, 2012
9 am to 3 pm
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
The Massachusetts Council on Economic Education will be holding a professional development opportunity for economics teachers at Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on June 21, 2012. The professional development program will be focused on teaching about the current economic crisis and incorporating it into an economics curriculum. This will be a full-day program, running from 9 am to 3 pm, with presentations on economic content and teaching strategies. In addition there will be an opportunity to develop and workshop lessons utilizing the material presented in the program.
There is no cost to attend this program and therewill be PDPs available for participating in the program.
- Chris Foote, Senior Economist and Policy Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Chris Foote has done extensive research about the current economic crisis, specifically focusing on the housing crisis and his presentation will explain the causes for the economics, the policy responses and how it compares to the Great Recession. His work on the housing crisis has been reported on in both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. The Wall Street Jounal blog "Real Time Economics" recently wrote about his work debunking the myths surrounding the housing crisis.
- Teaching the Economic Crises using AP Macroeconomics
Presenting Teachers – Bryan Corrigan, Belmont High School and Anne Gamer, St. Johns Prep.
In this session we will examine the recent U.S. financial crisis using the models of AP Macroeconomics. Participants will be briefly introduced to Aggregate Supply and Demand, the money market model, and the loanable funds model. Applications will include the real estate bubble, the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, monetary policy with 0% interest rates, and an analysis of the unemployment rate. Participants will be introduced to some great online resource and have an opportunity to learn about the AP Economics program from an AP grader.
- Incorporating of Mathematics into Economics Classes
Presenting Teacher – Kelly Rigby, Kipp Academy
This session will take key economic concepts and give current-events-based mathematical applications (with a Calculus focus) that will work for high schoolers in both AP and other economics courses and also push middle schoolers. Topics included will be slopes/rates of change, systems of equations for finding equilibrium points, and profit maximization/cost minimization.
- Using On-line Resources in Economics Classes
Presenting Teacher – Richard Donnelly, Bedford High School
This session describes how to use Internet resources, such as interactive data sources, on-line simulations and videos, to make economics classes more student-centered and interactive as well as more up to date in covering changes in the economy.
If you have any questions about this professional development opportunity, please contact Richard Donnelly at Richard_Donnelly@bedford.k12.ma.us.