Common Sense Economics Professional Development for High School Teachers

Common Sense Economics

Common Sense Economics

High School Teachers: Sign up now for the Common Sense Economics workshop at Rhode Island College on Friday March 10, 2015 – See more at:

The Common Sense Economics workshop High School Teachers was held at Rhode Island College on Friday March 20, 2015

CEU Credits available. See more details here:

Common Sense Economics Training Schedule

March 20, 2015 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Rhode Island College, Alger Hall 110

8:00 – 8:30 AM     Registration, computer readiness, coffee and breakfast pastries

8:30 – 10:30 AM   CSE Way: How Online, Hybrid or Face-to-Face courses are taught with multi-media enhancements

Overview of the CSE Course: Modules, Discussions, Assignments, Quizzes and Tests

Part 1: 12 Key Elements of the Economic Way of Thinking

Modules 1 through 4, content and review

10:30 – 10:45 AM   Break

10:45 – Noon   Part 2: 7 Key Factors for Growth and Prosperity Modules 5 through 7, content and review

Noon – 1:00 PM    Lunch together in Alger 110

1:00 – 2:30 PM      Part 3: Economics and the Role of Government

Modules 8 through 11, content and review

Part 4: Personal Finance

Modules12 through15, content and review

3:15 – 3:30 PM      Break

3:30 – 4:30 PM      Other special features of the package including

“Controversies In Economics” video series and Supplementary Modules A through D. These modules cover supply and demand in more detail; GDP, inflation, and employment statistics; monetary and fiscal policy; and the Great Depression and recent financial crisis.

Conclusion and discussion of cooperative efforts

The March 20, 2015 Common Sense Economics Teacher Training Workshop is:

Taught by Professor Joseph Calhoun and Professor Carol Sweeney

Joe Calhoun is Assistant Director of the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University (FSU). He currently teaches large principles of economics classes with an annual enrollment of over 2,000 students. Dr. Calhoun has received numerous teaching awards including the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award at the University of Georgia, the Undergraduate Teaching Award at FSU, and three times received the Service Excellence Award for Teaching from Phi Eta Sigma at FSU. In 2008, he won first place in the Economics Communicators Contest co-sponsored by the Association of Private Enterprise Education and the Market Based Management Institute. His doctoral degree is from the University of Georgia.

Carol Sweeney is an adjunct instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) in Fort Myers, Florida  and Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, teaching The Survey of Economics and Sports Economics. Professor Sweeney was a founding member of the Economics Department at FGCU prior to relocating to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia in 2011.  During her time at FGCU Professor Sweeney taught, Principles of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Issues in Politics and Economics, and Sports Economics, and established the “Amer ECON Idol” music video competition for student created music videos on economic topics.  Professor Sweeney also served as the Associate Director at the Lucas Institute for Real Estate Development and Finance, contributed to the Regional Economic Research Institute, General Education Council and provided Economic analysis for community groups.

Organized by Dr. Margaret Brooks

Dr. Margaret Brooks is president of the Rhode Island Council for Economic Education and president of the Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition. She is also Director of the Center for Economic Education and Professor of Economics at Bridgewater State University.

Sponsored by

  • Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University
  • Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition
  • Rhode Island Council for Economic Education

 Hosted by Rhode Island College

Plans are being made now for a follow-up Common Sense workshop on Personal Finance to be offered in Fall 2015.