This summer the institute was open to all high school teachers in the state and provided information on the current economic crisis regarding state and national standards and the role of the standards as part of the economic curriculum.
Twenty-five teachers from around the state attended this year’s session. Guest speaker Economics Assistant Professor Melissa Yeoh, of the Campbell School of Business at Berry, opened the workshop with a discussion on the International Economic Crises. Michael Raymer and Gary Petmecky, both of the Georgia Council on Economic Education, discussed the economic standards and provided activities and lessons emphasizing how to incorporate the current crisis into classroom instruction. Berry Assistant Professor of Economics Lauren Heller shared her perspectives on the importance of adequate economics preparation by high school teachers of incoming college students.
"Our institutes are exciting for teachers because they are provided with free financial literacy materials, activities and lessons to use in their classrooms as well as with opportunities to network with other teachers of economics from around the state," said Berry Center for Economic Education Director Leslie Marlow.
The participants received free materials to use in their classrooms. They also participated in cooperative learning groups and practiced using those materials. The Institute included a field trip to tour Shaw Industries in Dalton to show teachers how to use local resources in teaching about the economic crisis and how it affects international companies.
“I received superb information, insights and useful teaching ideas and strategies that I will use in my classroom,” said Jerry Brimberry, a Gwinnett County School District teacher
The Berry College Center of Economic Education primarily offers institutes for middle and high school teachers that teach economics as a core subject. Next year’s Institute has been scheduled for June 17, 18, and 19, 2013. More details will be available in October. For more information, please contact Marlow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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