Current Programs

Below are current and upcoming programs offered by the Office of Economic Education.  To register for a program, please select the corresponding red "Register Now" button to proceed to the registration form. 

There are no fees for these programs, but you must register in advance.


After School Colloquia for Teachers, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

This series of brief 75-minute after school programs provide teachers with lively tools for conveying economics to their students. These are presented by visiting scholars who specialize in inventive teaching. The audience is small and comprised solely of teachers.  There is no fee, the programs are short enough to get you home in time for dinner, you will receive a certificate of professional development hours, and materials from the professor.

Pokemon Go! Going...Gone? Wednesday, November 16, 2016. Professor Dirk Mateer, from the University of Arizona's Economics Department, will take us on a fun jaunt through ways fans of Pokemon Go! have evolved their own economic activities.  In this you will see illustrations of such econ principles as demand, entrepreneurship, profit maximization, externalities, complements, labor markets, marginal utility, elasticity and other concepts that are incorporated in Arizona Social Studies Strand 5.  

Teaching the Economics of Trade Thursday, December 1, 2016.  Professor Carlos Asarta, Director of the Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware. An expert on economic education, he will look at pros and cons, winners and losers in trade.

Teaching The Knowledge Problem in economics Friday, January 27, 2017. Professor Antony Davies, associate professor of economics, Duquesne University. Join us for in-class experiments that illustrate the economic principle of The Knowledge Problem. An experiment simulates a society in which resources need to be allocated among consumers. It demonstrates differences in income and equality when a central planner makes economic decisions for a society, when the individuals within the society make their own economic decisions in the presence of clear property rights, and when individuals make their own decisions in the absence of property rights. An experiment demonstrates the effects of trade on income and equality between developed countries, and between developed and lesser developed countries. Teachers will take away materials with which they can replicate the experiments with their own students.

Homer Economicus: Teaching Economics with The Simpsons Monday, March 27, 2017. Professor Joshua Hall, University of West Virginia, will show how use of popular media can have lasting impact on students' understanding of economics. He will use primarily illustrations from the popular television show The Simpsons, among whose comic antics there are lots of illustrations of everyday economic principals.  

ANNUAL FATHAUER LECTURE - "HOW TO IMPROVE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS"

Eric S. Maskin, Harvard University professor and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics will speak on the timely topic of Presidential Elections, on Thursday, March 19, 2017, 5:15 p.m. (Lecture 5:15-6:15; Q&A and reception with speaker to follow). The program is at University of Arizona's Eller College, Berger Auditorium, 1130 E. Helen Street. The lecture is open to the general public at no charge. 
TEACHERS who would like to receive a certificate of attendance for 2 hours should register through the Office of Economic Education (see register button below), and check in at the beginning or end of the lecture. There is no fee. Free parking is available across the street from Eller College starting at 5:00 p.m.

Children's Literature, Econ & Geography Workshops

Children’s literature is full of economics and geography concepts that students can absorb easily. Join us for a half-day workshop where we will do lessons around several great children’s books. We will send you home with a copy of one of the books for your classroom. See below for dates, locations, hours, and a registration link.

There are no fees for these programs, but you must register in advance. Dates and locations are in the following table:

Program Date & Location Registration
Pokemon Go! Going...Gone?

Wednesday November 16, 2016
5:30-6:45 p.m.
McClelland Hall, UA Tucson

REGISTRATION CLOSED
Economics of Trade

Thursday, December 1, 2016
5:30-6:45 p.m.
McClelland Hall, UA Tucson

REGISTRATION CLOSED
Teaching the Knowledge Problem

Friday, January 27, 2017
5:30-6:45
McClelland Hall, UA Tucson

REGISTRATION CLOSED
Fathauer Lecture
How to Improve Presidential Elections.
Register for teacher professional development hours

Thursday, March 9, 2017
5:15-7:30 p.m.
McClelland Hall, UA Tucson


REGISTER NOW

Teaching Economics with The Simpsons

Monday, March 27, 2017
5:30-6:45

REGISTER NOW

Teaching Econ through Children's Lit
YUMA

Saturday, February 4,2017
8:30-12:00
YUMA, Yuma County

REGISTRATION CLOSED
Teaching Econ through Children's Lit
SIERRA VISTA

Saturday, February 11, 2017
8:30-12:00
SIERRA VISTA, Cochise County

REGISTRATION CLOSED
Teaching Econ through Children's Lit
SAFFORD

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
1:00-4:30
SAFFORD, for Graham, Greenlee and adjacent Counties

REGISTER-Safford
Teaching Econ through Children's Lit
CASA GRANDE

Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:30-12:00
CASA GRANDE for Pinal County

REGISTER-C.G.

 

 

Economics Summer Institute

For Middle and High School Teachers

Learn the basic content you are lacking — or want to review — for teaching Arizona Social Studies Strand 5. Two consecutive week-long, non-credit workshops — one in microeconomics, one in macroeconomics — are designed for middle and high school teachers to provide a firm grounding in the basic principles.  To learn more about the summer institute click HERE.


 

For additional information, please contact us.