Preparing to Teach High School Economics

Preparing to Teach High School Economics
July 21, 2014 to July 25, 2014
1994 Buford Ave
Ruttan Hall Room 143
St. Paul, MN 55108

Preparing to Teach High School Economics

July 21-25, 2014

University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus

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**This is a graduate course (two free UMN graduate credits) and is only open to those who previously have not taken it or Economics Systems (previous title). Credits are received upon full completion of the course (including 2 Saturday follow up workshops and a year-end project) in July 2015. **

"This course was invaluable in providing me with resources, information, and activities for my students. My participation in the course will definitely make economics more accessible, understandable, and fun for my students." – Participant, 2013

"I loved the way the course was relevant to what I teach in the classroom. The materials were up-to-date and effective." – Participant, 2013

New to teaching economics? Or maybe you've been teaching for years, but have never had a formal introduction to the subject? This course helps prepare educators to teach high school economics and builds confidence for those with little background in economics. A must for any teacher of economics!

The course provides a solid introduction to the high school MN academic standards in economics. The first half of the week focuses on microeconomics while the second half focuses on macroeconomics.

The flow of each day alternates between understanding the econ concepts and then HOW to teach the concepts to your students. Our aim is that you'll leave the week with not only a stronger understanding of economics, but also how to bring it to your students. For example, you will actively learn how to bring concepts such as production possibility curves or market structures alive to your students and you will be provided with activities to immediately teach the concepts.

The follow-up sessions will focus on continuing to enhance your content knowledge, addressing the MN standards in economics, sharing with one another, and receiving additional resources for teaching economics.

The course will be taught by Professor Curt Anderson, University of Minnesota, Duluth, Professor Agapitos Papagapitos, University of St. Thomas, and two master teachers: Martha Rush (Mounds View School District) and TBD.

Two free graduate credits from the University of Minnesota are awarded to teachers upon completion of the course (July 2015). Note that course participants are expected to take the course for graduate credit and attend two follow-up Saturday workshops during the academic year (the Saturday dates are selected by class vote during the summer). A final project is required to receive graduate credit (credit will be granted in July 2015).

This course is only open to MN licensed teachers who are currently teaching in the secondary classroom.

Registration and Available Stipends and Scholarships

Registration for the course is $80 and includes curriculum materials, graduate credits, 48 continuing education units, lunch, and refreshments/snacks. Registration is limited to 25.

All course participants receive a $150 stipend for full participation in the week long course and a $30 stipend for each follow-up workshop. 10 $275 travel scholarships are available to teachers from high-needs school districts who reside outside the nine-county metro area until May 15. That metro area includes the following counties: Anoka, Carver, Hennepin, Pierce, Ramsey, Scott, St. Croix, and Washington. After May 15, we will release any available scholarships to any teacher who resides outside the nine-county Metro area, regardless of whether or not their district is considered high needs. Scholarships will be assigned in registration order based on information provided during registration. Additional travel scholarships of $35 will be distributed for the follow-up workshops to the same group that received them for the initial week-long course. For any questions on scholarship eligibility, please contact Meghan Timmel at

Cancellation Policy: We require a cancellation notice at least 2 weeks prior to the program date for a registration refund. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks from the registered program are not eligible for a refund. To offset online administration, $10 of your registration fee is nonrefundable.

Graduate credit summer courses are made possible through a grant from the federal government's Improving Teacher Quality program of the No Child Left Behind Act administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Questions about this or other events? Contact us at or (612) 625-3727.