Teacher Programs

Residential Programs

FTE covers housing and most meal costs at our residential programs. If you attend, we’ll put you up, feed you, and provide outstanding instructors and classroom materials. You’ll experience interactive economic education as it was meant to be: engaging, empowering, and enjoyable.

Economics for Leaders
In these week-long programs, high school teachers “go back to school” and learn from university professors and mentor teachers. Unique to EFL are the games and simulations:  instructors run the activities with real students so teachers can observe the students’ interactions. The teachers see up close why FTE-designed lessons are so effective, and leave with a better knowledge of economics, new classroom strategies, and a renewed enthusiasm for teaching.

Economic Forces in American History

This widely acclaimed, cross-curricular program helps teachers incorporate economic reasoning into high school American history lessons.

Economic Issues for Teachers

Four Economic Issues curriculum units are presented in these special get-away seminars.

Environment and the Economy

E&E is a four-day, residential, multi-disciplinary program that show teachers how to use economic analysis when discussing environmental issues.

Right Start in Teaching Economics

Teachers new to economics identify and learn basic economic content, and develop lesson plans for effective teaching of high school economics.

One Day Seminars

FTE One Day Seminars are an excellent in-service option. We’ll partner with your school district or local economics or social studies organization to offer single-topic workshops that show how economic reasoning can enhance student learning about contemporary issues. Half-day, evening, and full-day (including Saturday) scheduling is available for the following topics:

Economic Demise of the Soviet Union

This six-hour seminar provide the lesson plans and background information that enable social studies teachers to explain why the economy of the Soviet Union collapsed.

Economics of Disasters

This set of lessons looks at a variety of natural disasters – from the Black Death of the Middle Ages to Hurricane Katrina in our too-recent memory, to fears of avian flu pandemics that haunt the future – through the lens of economic analysis. The contexts were chosen to facilitate the teaching of economic reasoning principles not only in economics courses, but also in history and other social studies disciplines.

Issues of International Trade

Trade issues are a continuing theme of the international scene: the global market, sweatshops, child labor, trade deficits, the euro, sanctions, tariffs, embargoes, and the EU, NAFTA, WTO. This seminar explores the economics of these and many more international trade issues.

Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?

With a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Foundation for Teaching Economics created a program addressing the question: Is Capitalism Good for the Poor? The curriculum materials use economic reasoning in analyzing the impact—both real and potential—of capitalist institutions on the well-being of the world’s poor.

Online Programs

FTE Online Programs are user-friendly and highly interactive. Participants receive:

  • Economics curriculum, including background content outlines, classroom activities, and teacher guides
  • Lecture (PowerPoint with audio) and Video demonstration CDs of classroom activities
  • Instruction by nationally-acclaimed mentor teachers and professors
  • Online interaction (asynchronous) with teachers throughout the United States and across the world
  • Graduate credit (additional fee) or “clock hour” confirmation.

Economics Online for Teachers (EOFT)

Based on the 10-topic curriculum of the FTE’s flagship Economics for Leaders program, the two Economics Online for Teachers courses are designed to reinforce teachers’ understanding of basic concepts and the tools of economics reasoning that form the foundation for a standards-based, semester-long secondary course in economics. A combination of practice problems (with individual feedback from outstanding instructors experienced in both online and classroom teaching), stimulating discussions with teacher participants from all over the U.S. and around the world, and video demonstrations of classroom activities that address a variety of learning styles, EOFT is designed to increase teacher confidence in both the content and pedagogy of dynamic, engaging economic education. (Optional graduate credit available: Part 1 & Part 2, two semester hours each)

The Economic Demise of the Soviet Union Online for Teachers (EDSUO)

With generous grants from the Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, FTE first created The Economic Demise of the Soviet Union curriculum materials, and then incorporated six lessons into a graduate-level teacher-education course. Both the curriculum materials and online instruction focus on the fatal flaw of central planning – the innate inability to get the incentives right. Using online resources to enhance and supplement the background information provided in the curriculum outlines, EDSUO helps teachers understand, and explain to their own students, the weaknesses that undermined the Soviet economy. Video demonstrations of classroom activities simulate common features of Soviet daily life, helping to illustrate the application of economic reasoning to historical inquiry: Why did the economy of the Soviet Union collapse when it did? (Optional graduate credit available: two semester hours)

Is Capitalism Good for the Poor? Online for Teachers (CAPO)

Funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, Is Capitalism Good for the Poor? uses the tools of institutional economics, current data from respected sources including the World Bank and the United Nations, and case studies from such diverse locations as Brazil, Vietnam, China, Argentina, and Kenya to address that timely question. Lesson topics include:

  • What is poverty and who are the poor?
  • An institutional definition of capitalism
  • The institutions of capitalism: property rights, rule of law, markets, and entrepreneurship
  • Using experimental economics and game theory to investigate the effects of capitalism on cooperative behavior in society
  • Why property rights are the ultimate human rights

Economics of Disasters (EoD)

This set of lessons looks at a variety of natural disasters – from the Black Death of the Middle Ages to Hurricane Katrina in our too-recent memory, to fears of avian flu pandemics that haunt the future – through the lens of economic analysis. The contexts were chosen to facilitate the teaching of economic reasoning principles not only in economics courses, but also in history and other social studies disciplines.

The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation again supported the creation of an online course for teachers based on the content and pedagogy of the high school curriculum unit and the wealth of supplementary sources available on the Internet. This is an intensive, in-depth examination of how one of the newest tools of economic reasoning – institutional analysis – informs one of the toughest challenges of the modern world. (Optional graduate credit available: three semester hours)