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Economic Forces In American History


The Economic Forces in American History (EFIAH) program combines history and economics lessons with the dynamic, student-teacher format of the Economics for Teachers (EFT)* (*formerly known as Economics for Leaders) program. EFIAH’s unique cross-curricular content is specifically designed to help teachers incorporate economic reasoning principles into their high school American history and social studies classes. University professors and mentor teachers provide a variety of engaging, in-depth lectures and activities to provide the economic explanations behind pivotal historical events.

Participants learn interactive teaching strategies that incorporate the actual circumstances of historical periods of study. With EFIAH lesson plans, teachers can help their students engage with subject matter by taking a detailed look at the economic considerations of the historical record – in essence, allowing students to ‘re-live’ history by taking an active role in the choices that individuals had to make during key events – rather than just reading or hearing about it. Economic Forces in American History is a “must-take” course for any teacher of American history, social studies, government, civics, and economics.

  • Participation and commuter stipends available
  • $150 registration fee
  • Unique opportunity to view mentor teacher/student interactions in a ‘laboratory’ setting
  • Approximately 25 teachers accepted per program
  • Two semester hours of graduate credit in economics available from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for $244*
  • Classes taught by university-level economic historians and experienced mentor teachers

Unless otherwise noted, EFIAH programs generally start with check-in and registration on Monday afternoon (the first day of the program), followed by a welcome dinner for all participants and staff in the evening. A program session will immediately follow dinner on Monday night. Workshop hours are from 8:00 AM to approximately 5:00 PM Tuesday through Saturday. EFIAH concludes on Saturday afternoon by 5 PM.

Room and board at the EFIAH programs is covered in full by FTE in a single dormitory room with COVID-19 protocols in place. All accommodations are in on-campus dormitories with a shared communal bathroom. Most meals are included; participants will eat in on-campus dining halls for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Participants will have one evening during the week free and should plan for dinner on their own on that day. The option to stay an extra night and check out on Sunday morning may be available for an additional fee.

If you wish to register for the graduate credits for attending EFIAH, you must be in attendance the entire program. Instructions for signing up for the credits will be sent about a month before the program start date. If you have any other questions about EFIAH, please contact Lisa Chang at lchang@fte.org for details.

For more information about the EFIAH lessons and activities, please click here.

*It is the sole responsibility of the individual participant to ensure the credit arrangement meets the criteria set forth by your school, district, and state. To receive graduate credits, participants must be in attendance for the entire EFIAH program.