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Programs

2013

Sahar Bahmani will be presenting at the four following full-day professional development workshops for high school and middle school teachers of economics:

  1. October 11, 2013 Lambeau Green Bay, WI
    Presenting "Top 5 Global Issues of 2013" at the 7th annual seminar "Get Your Students Pumped Up on Personal Finance and Economics!" at the Lambeau Atrium, coordinated primarily through efforts of the staff of EconomicsWisconsin and Lakeland College's Center for Economic Education.
    This one-day conference will offer four concurrent sessions on teaching personal finance and economics in K-12 classrooms. Among those presenting are college professors with expertise in personal financial and economics education, fellow K-12 teachers with years of experience teaching these disciplines, as well as financial industry veterans. Fifteen presentations will be offered (focusing on middle and high school levels) in addition to a session where teachers will be asked to share their best practices and ideas.

  2. October 18, 2013 La Crosse, WI
    Presenting "Barbie in the Workforce" at the Money Talks Workshop at the Waterfront Tavern and Restaurant.This one-day conference for 6th - 12th grade educators offers engaging presentations to help bring you up to date on some of today's most important personal finance and economics issues. Gain valuable knowledge that will help you lead classroom discussions and answer your students' questions with confidence. Among those presenting are college professors with expertise in personal financial and economics education, fellow teachers with years of experience teaching these disciplines, and financial industry veterans.

    Topics covered this year:
    • Teaching the Habits of Millionaires Through Active Learning Strategies
    • The Economics of Health Care Reform
    • The Disappearing Middle Class
    • Barbie in the Workforce
  3. November 8, 2013 Lake Geneva, WI
    Presenting "Barbie in the Workforce" at the Money Talks Workshop at the Geneva National Golf Club

  4. December 6, 2013 Miller Park
    Sahar Bahmani will be presenting "The Top 5 Global Issues of 2013" at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Association of School Economic Teachers (ASET)

    This workshop will be led by Tim O'Driscoll, Center Director for Economic Education, Lakeland College-Milwaukee. This one-day conference consists of a series of presentations to help bring you up to date on some of today's most important personal finance and economics issues. Gain valuable knowledge that will help you lead classroom discussions and answer your students' questions with confidence. Among those presenting are college professors with expertise in personal financial and economic education as well as fellow teachers with years of experience teaching these disciplines.

2009

For all of the following, see Teaching Resources for supporting presentations and documents.

Poverty: Economic, Historical and International Perspectives - Feb. 13, 2009

This was a full-day professional development workshop for high school and middle teachers of economics, history, and social studies. This unique interdisciplinary workshop offered teachers practical classroom information on an inherently engaging topic for students: poverty.

The workshop included lessons and exercises that teachers can use directly in their classrooms. Speakers shared their own professional views on poverty from economic, historical, international, and contemporary perspectives.

Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies - March 16, 2009

Norm presented on session entitled Economic Justice? Discussion of the Distribution of Economic Rewards and participated in a roundtable discussion on the current financial crisis.

Environmental Economic Pedagogy
Spring 2009

Norm and Dennis team taught an online one-credit graduate level course on environmental economics.

2008

Econ 790 Sports Economics Pedagogy: (1 credit, 6 week course)
Spring 2008, February 4 – March 16

Sports economics is a growing area of interest, and sports examples are an excellent way to illustrate economic principles to students. Topics covered in this course include the economics of player salaries, ticket prices, ticket scalping, pricing in the memorabilia market, and public financing of stadiums. The course will be entirely online and there are no books or materials to purchase. You will discover useful ways you can implement state and national economic standards using inherently interesting sport examples. Instructor: Dr. Norman Cloutier. Times: online. To register contact: Education Credit Outreach University of Wisconsin-Parkside Phone: 262-595-2753

2007

The Ethical Foundations of Economics
Fall 2007, December 5

Recent corporate scandals and some of the failures of newly formed market economies have highlighted the importance of ethical behavior in economic transactions. This full-day workshop sponsored by EconomicsWisconsin, the UW-Parkside and UW-Milwaukee Centers for Economic Education, the National Council on Economic Education, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Milwaukee Art Museum will focus on the critical role ethics and character play in a market economy. All teachers will receive, and lessons will be demonstrated from, Teaching the Ethical Foundation of Economics (2007) published by the NCEE. The complete, stand alone lessons include provocative questions about health care, sweatshop labor, social responsibility, and the potential limitations of markets. The 10 lessons actively engage students and call upon them to develop critical decision making skills within a moral context. The lessons are highly non-technical and can be incorporated in government, history, business, economics, and international studies classes. Participating teachers will be eligible for UW-Parkside Continuing Education Units.

Wisconsin Money Smart Week at Lambeau Field
Fall 2007, October 10

EconomicsWisconsin and the Lakeland College Center for Economics Education are sponsoring an exciting day of learning and fun to mark Wisconsin Money Smart Week. Teachers will be welcomed to the beautiful Lambeau Field Atrium by a special guest and will be treated to presentations on K-12 economics and financial literacy by a number of Center Directors from around the state. The UW-P Center will be participating in this exciting day and has chartered a tour bus for teachers in Southeast Wisconsin. UW-Parkside Center Director Norm Cloutier will be presenting at the workshop and will be accompanying teachers on the charter bus trip. For those teachers opting for the tour bus – a great deal! – your only responsibility is to make sure you are at the I-94/Ryan Road Park and Ride for a prompt 6:05 a.m. departure. Space on the charter bus is limited so send in your registration early.

January 12, 2007

ECONOMICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT: A PARTNERSHIP THAT WORKS!

University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Molinaro Hall 213
8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

The UWP Center for Economic Education will be presenting a workshop on economics and the environment to provide middle and high school teachers with an economic conceptual framework for analyzing environmental issues. Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards (WMAS) explicitly recognizes the connection between economics and the environment. WMAS for Environmental Education emphasizes the importance of developing decision-making skills and the understanding of economics approaches to improving the environment. Economics is the science of decision-making, and the Social Studies-Economics Standards recognize the role that economics plays in environmental issues. This workshop will help teachers move beyond the starting point of a general concern for the environment to an appreciation of how economics can be used to gain insight into the causes of environmental problems and how economic analysis can help in the development of effective and efficient environmental policy.

Benefits to Teachers and Their Students

  • The workshop addresses Wisconsin's Social Studies-Economics Performance Standards D.8.(2,5,11) and D.12.(2,10,12,14) and Wisconsin's Academic Standards for Environmental Education D.8.(1,8) and D.12.(1,3,8,9).
  • The workshop is available for Continuing Education, undergraduate, or graduate credit. Scholarships are available.
  • Each participant will receive a hard copy of Economics and the Environment: EcoDetectives, a set of 15 lessons on the economics of the environment, published by the National Council on Economic Education ($35 value).
  • Participants will be given access to the UW-Parkside Center for Economic Education web learning platform called Desire2Learn where they will have access to additional economics curriculum materials.

Presenters

Professor Holly Fretwell is a Research Fellow at the Property and Environmental Research Center and an adjunct professor of economics at Montana State University. She has authored numerous articles on natural resource issues in professional journals and the popular press such as the Wall Street Journal and the Journal for Environmental Economics and Management. She has presented papers promoting the use of markets in public land management and has provided expert testimony on the state of our national parks and the future of the Forest Service. Holly has extensive experience working with K-12 teachers on environmental issues in the classroom.
Professor Dennis Kaufman is Associate Professor of Economics and Associate Director of the CEE. He has been teaching environmental and public economics for more than 20 years and has published articles in the Journal of Real Estate and Finance Economics and Environmental and Resource Economics.
Mr. George Toshner is a recent graduate of UW-Parkside. He helped organize MissionE, a student-run group of environmentally- and economically-minded students who participated in the Environmental Protection Agency's futures auction for acid rain permits.
Professor Norm Cloutier is Professor of Economics and Director of the CEE.

For more detailed information, download the Economics and the Environment registration form (PDF).

Participants will be provided lunch and refreshments.


2006

October 24, 2006

TEACHERS CAN BE MILLIONAIRES TOO!

University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Union 104
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Can teachers really be millionaires? Though being a millionaire isn't what it used to be, teachers still often regard themselves as unlikely candidates for this kind of financial success. But, people of modest means can build wealth over time if they adhere to certain simple strategies. The UWP Center for Economic Education will be presenting an evening workshop on financial planning principles and strategies for teachers. Featured presenters are Justus Morgan, Certified Financial Planner™, and, Dr. Norman Cloutier, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Economic Education. Come and learn what other teachers have been hearing. Your students can benefit as well. The economic and finance principles and wealth-building techniques that will be discussed in the workshop can easily be modified for the classroom.

Refreshments will be provided and dress is casual.

Presenters

Mr. Justus Morgan, Vice-President of Financial Service Group, Inc., Racine, WI. Mr. Morgan is licensed as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards and is registered as an Investment Advisor Representative with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, Mr. Morgan is a member of the Financial Planning Association, National Association of Tax Professionals, and, the Racine-Kenosha Estate Planning Council.
Norm Cloutier, Professor of Economics at UWP and Director of the CEE, has been teaching economics for more than 25 years. He is a two-time winner of the Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award and a recipient of the University of Wisconsin Regents Teaching Excellence Award.

For more detailed information, download the Teachers Can Be Millionaires Too! registration form (PDF).


April 28, 2006

THINKING GLOBALLY: EFFECTIVE LESSONS FOR TEACHING ABOUT THE INTERDEPENDENT WORLD ECONOMY

University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Union 104
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The UWP Center for Economic Education will be conducting a one-day workshop on the principles of international trade. Few topics in economics are more important and, at the same time, more misunderstood than the economics of international trade. As the world’s economies become more open to trade, it is critical that our students comprehend the economic forces that will impact their lives. This workshop will give middle and high school teachers of economics well-designed curriculum material that they can bring directly into their classes.

Presenters

Farida Khan, Professor of Economics at UWP and Associate Director of the CEE, has been teaching economics for more than 15 years. She has been a consultant to the World Bank on international trade policy and she teaches and publishes in the areas of international trade and development.
Norm Cloutier, Professor of Economics at UWP and Director of the CEE, has been teaching econmoics for more than 25 years. He is a two-time winner of the Stella Gray Teaching Excellence Award and a recipient of the University of Wisconsin Regents Teaching Excellence Award.

For more detailed information, download the Thinking Globally registration form (PDF).


January 9, 2006

STOCK MARKET SIMULATION TRAINING WORKSHOP

8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The UWP Center for Economic Education will host a training workshop for teachers interested in participating in the Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation. At the workshop, teachers learn how to use the simulation in their classroom, how to use the curriculum materials that accompany the program and how to understand the economics of the securities market. The workshop is FREE, includes a complementary breakfast, and upon completion of the workshop all participants will receive a FREE copy of Learning, Earning and Investing, a comprehensive investment education curriculum. Register early for the SMS Training Workshop to receive a special 2-for-1 offer from EconomicsWisconsin. Receive one team free of charge for each student investment team you register. This offer is limited so act fast!


2005

December 1, 2005

A CLASSROOM HOMERUN: USING SPORTS TO TEACH ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES

The seminar will feature a series of economics curriculum presentations by Professor Cloutier and speakers will include officials closely connected with professional sports franchises. Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations of web-based instructional material developed by Professor Cloutier and Professor Dennis Kaufman, Associate Director of the UW-Parkside CEE. The program is co-sponsored by EconomicsWisconsin.

For more detailed information, download the seminar registration form (PDF).





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