February 29, 2012
8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Five Hours of Act 48 Credits
This is the first in what we hope will become a regular series of workshops designed to help you help your classes understand economic issues, an important part of the Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
This seminar is designed to provide you with material that you can use in your classroom, including games, exercises, lesson plans and applications, which will make your teaching interesting, effective and relevant.
One of the greatest challenges for any social studies teacher is keeping up to date on economic issues, especially when a teacher does not have a background in economics. Moreover, all students benefit from effective economics instruction, not just those who must prepare for college or state assessments.
Current Issues in Economics is designed to help social studies teachers make the vital economics issues of our time accessible to students and to help students meet the standards for outcomes set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Seminar participants are eligible for five hours of Act 48 credits.
Members of the faculty of the Division of Economics and Statistics of Duquesne University's Palumbo Donahue School of Business will teach Current Issues in Economics. Assistant Professor of Economics Ronald B. Surmacz, Ph.D., a former high school economics teacher as well as a former high school administrator and district assistant superintendent, will serve as seminar leader.
|8-8:30 a.m.||Registration and Continental Breakfast|
|8:30-8:45 a.m.||Welcome and Introduction|
|8:45-9:45 a.m.||Session I
The National Debt: Where did it come
from? Where is it going?
Dr. Ronald Surmacz
|10-11:00 a.m.||Session II
International Trade, Supply and Demand
and Tariffs: A Classroom
Activity That Works!
Dr. Charles Wilf
|11 a.m.-noon||Session III
Economic Lessons in the Popular Culture
Dr. Pavel Yakovlev
|1-2:45 p.m.||Session IV
That's Right?-Commonly Held
Misconceptions About the Economy
Dr. Antony Davies