About the Event
Trade issues are a continuing theme of the international scene. As a classroom topic, international trade has the great advantage of providing ready-made material for teachers wanting to engage students in current events. However, the complexity of the issues surrounding trade can be daunting. While economic reasoning doesn’t guarantee resolution of the issues, it is a powerful tool of critical thinking that brings clarity to the discussion of current events.
This workshop will offer exercises and classroom activities that help students set aside the emotion of international trade issues and cut through media rhetoric to build a foundation for their opinions on the news of the day.
Topics to be covered include:
- Bridges and barriers to trade
- Trade and Environment
- International Monetary Exchange
Speakers & Instructors
Debby Henney teaches Economics ant Mesa Community College in Mesa Arizona. Previously, she served as the Executive Director for the Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE). She taught high school economics and social studies courses for 10 years at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona. Debbie is also the Curriculum Director for the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) programs: Economics for leaders and Economic Forces in American History. In her work with MCC, ACEE and FTE, she regularly presents workshops, in-service trainings, and week-long residential programs for schools and teachers around the country and throughout Arizona. Debbie is a member of ASET (Arizona Society of Economics Teachers) and NAEE (National Association of Economic Educators) and is currently serving as the President of ACSS (Arizona Council for the Social Studies).close
Roger Butters is currently an associate professor of economics at Hillsdale College, a professor with the Foundation for Teaching Economics, and past president of the Nebraska Council on Economic Education. Roger holds a master’s degree in managerial economics from the Marriott School of Management and a master’s and doctorate in economics from the University of California–Davis. He is at the forefront of online education in developing and using dynamic educational materials in the digital classroom. He is the author of Connect Master Economics, published by McGraw-Hill, the first ever all-digital principles of economics product. Roger is a recipient of the Phillip Saunders Best Research Paper Award from the National Association of Economic Educators and is the inaugural recipient of the Council for Economic Education’s “Rising Star Award.”close