Integrating Economics into U.S. History Educator’s Workshop Feb. 12

The UW-Parkside Center for Economic Education is holding a workshop on February 12, 2010, entitled “Integrating Economics into your U.S. History classroom.” This workshop is specifically geared towards teachers of the middle school and high school levels who wish to incorporate the fundamental concept of Economics into their Social Studies and History classes. The workshop will help the educators in the instruction of the specific influences that economics has had throughout American History.

This workshop will teach lessons that pertain to the colonial period, the Revolutionary War, the Constitution, the Civil War and Reconstruction, industrialization, the Great Depression, World War II, racial discrimination, unionization, women in the workforce, and world trade. Teachers will be given a curriculum that will help them actively engage their students in economics, and this curriculum will also be demonstrated by the presenters.

The workshop will be presented by professionals within the fields of economics and education including the UW-Parkside economics professor and Director for the Center of Economic Education, Norman R. Cloutier; the Director of the Center for Economic Education at Lakeland College’s Milwaukee Center, Tim O’Driscoll; and Jill Koebernik, who is co-chair of the Social Studies Department located in Wauwatosa East High School. All three presenters are very knowledgeable in the economic field, so this will make for a very interesting, fulfilling, and useful workshop.

The Economic Education Center’s workshops have drawn middle and high school teachers from across the state in the past few years through workshops in environmental economics, international trade, the economics of sports, and the ethical foundations of economics. According to Professor Norman Cloutier he has also participated in, “. . . teacher development workshops across the state, including Madison, Milwaukee, and Green Bay, delivering presentations on topics such as: the economics of energy; the current state of the economy; markets in human organs – yes, that’s right, markets in human organs; professional athlete salaries; rising world food prices; and economically sound investment strategy.”

In 2008, Mr. Cloutier received the “Rookie of the Year” award from the National Association of Economic Educators and the National Council on Economic Education for his work with the UW-Parkside Economic Center.

The workshop costs $85 and includes lunch, refreshments, and a hard copy of the textbook “Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History,” which contains 39 full history lessons published by the Council for Economic Education. It is being held at Educator’s Credit Union’s Education Center, which is located at 1410 Newman Road. The workshop will be held on the third floor from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. If you have any further questions please e-mail or call professor Norman Cloutier at, 262-595-2572, or call Parkside’s K-12 Education outreach program at 262-595-2753.

If you are interested in registering for the workshop a downloadable form is available from under the keyword “k12 registration.” Teachers will receive a 0.5 continuing education credit for attending the workshop. This will prove to be yet another workshop of professional quality that encourages the participating educators to inform and involve their students in the principles of economics throughout history.

Story by Jake Halverson

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