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Economics for Empowerment Seminar

Immersive training to teach your students hands-on, real world economics

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July 24, 2023
Economics for Empowerment Summer Seminar
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About the Program

Together with the California Association of School Economics Teachers (CASET), CCEE hosts an in-residence training seminar to prepare educators who are teaching the required, 12th grade economics course. While there, Economics education experts and teachers come together to learn engaging instructional strategies and an updated real-world perspective. You will become part of a growing community of certified, exceptional Economics teachers who empower their students through critical, life-changing Economic education.

$500 program fee includes *Fee may be covered by school or district. Contact Program Manager Carmen Solorzano at [email protected] to learn how.
Concepts To Be Covered

Below are some of the lessons and activities that will be featured during the straining seminar. All materials and presentations will be shared with attendees to use in their own classrooms!

Cleaning up the lake

An engaging activity that helps students learn core Economic concepts including scarcity, marginal analysis, benefit-costs analysis, opportunity costs and trade- offs.

Dr. Macro

Learn how to implement a highly original, engaging and unique macroeconomic project that fuses Economics and medicine to help students learn how the national economy works.

The economics of financial decision making

A presentation that makes the connection between Economics and Personal Finance.

Moving Markets

Use concepts of supply and demand to help students develop an intuitive understanding of markets and what causes price determination

Human Capital Budgeting Activity

This activity empowers students by helping them make informed decisions on all aspects in their lives where they examine how they spend their human capital on a weekly basis.

The trade game

A dynamic activity that helps students learn the basics of why we trade, the benefits and costs of trade, and what makes globalization so controversial.

California Standards and Framework-Based Content
Economic reasoning

Students make critical and informed decisions using marginal benefit/cost analysis.

Human Capital

Students recognize their worth and the connection between school, human capital development, and achievement of their goals


Students learn the impact on them of changes in supply and demand in product, labor, credit and foreign exchange markets.


Students learn that globalization has positive and negative effects on different groups.

The U.S. Economy

Students learn to read the economic tea leaves and assess the impact that government policies and changes in the indicators have on different individuals and groups.

Inquiry Arc and Civil Discourse

Inquiry allows students to discover different perspectives on significant social issues, which promotes civil discourse

Steps to participate
Step One Register for the upcoming week-long in-residence professional development
Step Two Complete the week-long professional development, which includes:
  • Content themes of economic empowerment and equity
  • Student centric, standards-based and inquiry-driven (specified by the 1998 History-Social Science Standards, the 2016 CA History-Social Science Framework, and the National Council for Social Studies C3 Framework)
  • Expert presentations
  • Engaging simulations and activities (This is not your dad’s economic course!)
  • Course-planning time
  • Mentoring
  • Group and individual reflection
  • Debriefing and ongoing coaching
Step Three Take the knowledge back to your class!
  • Apply the lessons from the training by building a portfolio
  • Make a contribution to economic education in the community (e.g., leading a workshop, promoting economic education at a school site through a student event, etc.)
  • Complete a comprehensive examination which includes a multiple choice test and free response essay questions.
Step Four Once you've completed the above training, you will obtain recognition from both the California Association of School Economics Teachers (CASET) and the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE), including a signed letter to your principal.
Testimonial Hear directly from students who have taken their economics class with an certified exceptional economics teacher

"One of the biggest lessons that we learned in economics was the process of decision-making. ....Especially in the summer, there were a lot of choices we had to decide. 'Do we sell, do we buy, is this company good for us anymore?' .. One of the biggest things that she taught us was decision-making. I really learned to re-evaluate and analyze my choices each time I have a set of them come up.

I can definitely say that has carried so much to [my college life in New York]... New York is so different from Porterville, California. There's a lot of new things to discover and a lot of new choices I have to make. What's really helped me take the stress off of it, is going back to Mrs. Drum's calm, sunshine voice and going through the lesson, through your choices, options, how to analyze and interpret, and decide what's best for you.

I can definitely say that it's taken a lot of pressure and anxiety and stress off of all the choices that come with adulting, college, and being 3,000 miles away from your family."

- Tori Moore, Former Student of Emily Drum, an certified exceptional economics teacher
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