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Economics for Leaders

One-week, residential programs where teachers learn how to use interactive approaches to teach economics, and where students are introduced to economics and leadership.


Economics for Leaders (EFL) represents a unique experience in economics education that brings together teachers looking to improve their teaching skills in economics. The EFL one-week program is rigorous and encompasses 50+ hours of instruction.
The goal of each EFL program is to provide teachers with lesson plans of simulations and activities, economics content instruction, and a networking opportunity with other teaching professionals. The combination of classroom instruction, question and answer sessions, small group discussion and workshops presents information in a rich and varied format, encouraging active participation. Economics professors selected nationwide for their expertise, along with skilled mentor teachers, provide content instruction and run simulations and activities that are designed to illustrate economic principles. Both new and experienced teachers will benefit from attending this program.


The goal of the Economics for Leaders program is to give promising students the skills to be more effective leaders and to teach them how to employ economic analysis when considering difficult public policy choices. Given the existing challenges confronting our nation and, assuming that problems in years to come will be equally consequential, the job of preparing the next generation of leaders may be one of the most important actions we can take now to ensure our well being in the future. The Foundation for Teaching Economics is committed to finding and nurturing those budding leaders.

Economic Forces in American History

Six-day, residential, cross-curricular programs that show teachers how to integrate economics into American history courses.

Institute on the Environment and the Economy

Four-day, residential, multi-disciplinary professional development programs that bring economic analysis to environmental issues.

Online Courses

Web-based professional development courses for teachers seeking to improve their knowledge of economics.

Other Program Offerings

A variety of four-day, one-day and half-day programs that give teachers hands-on training in how to use FTE-developed classroom materials.

One-day Programs:

Economics of Disasters
Economic Demise of the Soviet Union
Issues of International Trade
Is Capitalism Good for the Poor? –

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.

Economic Issues for Teachers

Lectures on four curriculum units are presented in a way to engage participants in classroom activities from: Economic Demise of the Soviet Union, Economics of Disasters, Issues in International Trade, Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?

Internships for Leaders

Eight-week internships for FTE alumni at nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC.