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Right Start in Teaching Economics


One of the program goals of FTE is to help teachers become more knowledgeable and effective in their classrooms. On that basis FTE has created a program to help those who are either new to the teaching of high school economics or who have not taught high school economics recently. The Right Start in Teaching Economics program is a four-day residential program designed to help participants feel comfortable with teaching economics to students. The program is a blend of lectures, discussions, case studies and simulations.

  • $150 registration fee
  • $600 residential programs participation stipend*
  • $150 commuter stipend for local participants who commute to the program site each day*
  • 3 graduate credit hours in economics available from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs for an additional fee

*To qualify for a stipend, participation or commuter, teachers must attend and actively participate in all sessions. There is no need to apply for a participation stipend. 


Content area covered during the four days include:

  • The Economic Way of Thinking
  • Economic Institutions, Economic Systems and Standards of Living
  • Trade Offs and Opportunity Cost
  • Demand, Supply and The Market: The Fundamentals
  • Demand and Supply: Price Ceilings and Floors, Elasticity, Derived Demand
  • The Public and Private Sectors
  • Measuring Economic Activity and Prioritization of Economic Goals
  • Inflation and Unemployment
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve System
  • Market Structures and Competition
  • International Trade and Exchange Rate Determination