Past Programs

The Thomas  R. Brown Foundations have fully funded or co-sponsored the past programs listed below. Unless otherwise noted, workshops were held in Tucson. The Office of Economic Education (OEE) programs are fully underwritten by the Thomas R. Brown Foundation and include outreach programs held outside Pima County, as well as periodic guest speakers at the University of Arizona.

2016-2017 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • Ongoing: (Almost) a Free Lunch with Barbara Gray
  • August: Macro Fun N’ Games
  • August: The Mathematics of Economics (6-part series)
  • August: Leadership Training
  • August: Economics & World History Tucson
  • September: (OEE) Economics & World History Pinal County
  • September: VOTE: Healthcare
  • September: (OEE) Economics & World History Graham County
  • September: Best of the Federal Reserve
  • September: (OEE) Economics & World History Cochise County
  • September: The Mathematics of Economics
  • October: CEE Conference Phoenix
  • October: Breakfast with an Economist
  • October: (OEE) Economics & World History Yuma County
  • November: Jacob Clifford Returns!
  • November: VOTE Retirement Security
  • December: (OEE) Guest Speaker Carlos Asarta, “The Benefits of Trade,” UA
  • January: Teaching Math and Economics through Children’s Literature
  • January: Analyzing Primary Source Documents in Middle School
  • January: (OEE) Economics and Geography
  • January: (OEE) Guest Speaker Antony Davies, UA
  • February: VOTE: Income Distribution
  • February: (OEE) Economics and Geography (K-5) Yuma
  • February: (OEE) Economics and Geography (K-5) Cochise
  • February: Economics Book Club–Narconomics
  • March: (OEE) Economics and Geography (K-5) Cochise
  • April: (OEE) Economics and Geography (K-5) Pinal
  • April: Resource Economics–The Economics of Water
  • April: Economics and Personal Finance Challenge (Mesa)
  • April: VOTE: Inflation and Unemployment
  • April: Dinner & a Movie with Dirk Mateer (Top 10 Films for Economics)
  • April: Book Club–Who Gets What and Why
  • June: VOTE: Markets & Government with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • June: OEE Summer Institute Microeconomics with Steven Reff
  • June: OEE Summer Institute Macroeconomics with Megan Kirts

2015-2016 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • Ongoing: (Almost) a Free Lunch with Barbara Gray
  • June-August: (Online course) University of Minnesota Microeconomics
  • August: Running a Classroom Mini-economy
  • August: Virtual Economics for Grades K-5
  • August: (OEE) Eco-Detectives–Safford, AZ
  • September: Virtual Economics for UA pre-service teachers
  • September: ACEE Econ & Personal Finance Challenges Workshop
  • September: (OEE) Economics in Civics and Government–Safford, Yuma, Casa Grande
  • September: VOTE: The Environment with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • September: Economics Book Club: Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics (Thaler) –   2 sessions
  • October: CEE Conference in Tampa, Florida
  • October: Breakfast with an Economist with Gerry Swanson
  • October: Math & Econ: Sharpen your Skills
  • November: VOTE: International Trade with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • November: Virtual Economics for Middle and High School
  • November: OEE The Economics of Dating with Dr. Ninos Malek (UA)
  • December: Ed Eisele Award Program & Dinner
  • December: Economics Book Club: End of Abundance (Zetland) – 2 sessions
  • December: OEE Teaching Comparative Advantage
  • December: The Economics of Sports
  • December: Future Business Leaders of America Workshop Presentation, Phoenix
  • 2016
  • January: Rockonomix® with Dr. Kim Holder
  • January: Econ & Tablet Technology
  • January: OEE: Economics and Math in Children’s Literature, Graham
  • January: OEE Economics and Math in Children’s Literature, Pinal
  • February: St. Michael’s Inservice
  • February: VOTE: Market Power with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • February: Economics Book Club: Popular Economics  (Tamny) – 2 sessions
  • February: OEE The Economics of Immigration with Dr. Giovanni Peri (UA)
  • April: Economics and Personal Finance Challenge (ACEE Phoenix)
  • April: Economic Themes in Middle School Literature
  • April: Economics, Civics, and Government
  • April: VOTE: Deficits and Debt with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • April: Economics Book Club: Economics In One Lesson (Hazlitt) – 2 sessions
  • June: VOTE: Markets & Government with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • June: OEE Summer Institute Macroeconomics with Steven Reff
  • June: OEE Summer Institute Microeconomics with Dr. Gerry Swanson

2014-2015 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • Ongoing: (Almost) a Free Lunch Program with Barbara Gray
  • Summer Scholars Program
  • 2014
  • August: Economics is Elementary: Children’s Literature
  • August: Economics is Elementary: Classroom Mini-economy
  • August: Virtual Economics Grades 6-12
  • August: Virtual Economics Grades K-5
  • September: The Great A&P & Struggle for Small Business America (Levinson)
  • September: Virtual Economics for Pre-Service Teachers
  • September: OEE, Thatcher
  • September: VOTE: Health Care with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • September: OEE Cochise
  • September: Economic Issues in World History
  • October: CEE Conference in Dallas
  • October: Breakfast with an Economist
  • October: ACSS/ASET Conference in Phoenix
  • November: Economics Book Club: Free to Choose (Milton/Rose Friedman) – 2 sessions
  • November: VOTE: Social Security with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • December: Economics Book Club: Think Like a Freak (Levitt & Dubner) – 2 sessions
  • December: Dirk Mateer Reception
  • 2014
  • January: VE UA Pre-Service
  • January: Economics Book Club: Why Nations Fail  (Acemoglu/Robinson) – 2 sessions
  • January: Economics in U.S. History
  • February: Vote: Market Power with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • March: Ethical Foundations of Economics
  • March: Economics Book Club: Death & Life American School System (Ravitch) – 2 sessions
  • April: AP Student Reviews
  • April: Teacher Recognition
  • April: VOTE: Deficits & Debt with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • May: Graphing I
  • May: Economics Book Club: Tide Players Movers/Shakers in Rising China (Zha) – 2 sessions
  • June: OEE Summer Institute Microeconomics
  • June: OEE Summer Institute Macroeconomics
  • June: SEATA in Graham
  • June: VOTE: Markets and Government with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • Summer 2015: University of Minnesota Online Course

2013-2014 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • Summer Scholars Program
  • August: Advanced Economics (AP Micro)
  • August: Leadership Cadre Training
  • August: Virtual Economics, K-5
  • August: Virtual Economics, 6-12
  • September: Economics is Kids’ Stuff
  • September: VOTE: Environment with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • September: Middle School Economics & Geography
  • October: Economics in Popular Culture
  • October: Graphing IV
  • October: Breakfast with an Economist
  • November: ACSS/ASET Conference Lodging
  • November: VOTE: International Trade with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • January: Economic Forces in U.S. History
  • January: Virtual Economics for Pre-service teachers
  • February: VOTE: Market Power with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • February: Graphing I
  • March: Ethics and Economics
  • April: VOTE: Deficits & Debt with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • June: VOTE: Markets & Government with Dr. Amy Cramer

2012-2013 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • September: Virtual Economics CD Workshop
  • September: Economics Simulations & Games for Middle & High School Teachers
  • October: All the Graphs You Need To Know: Part II
  • October: Breakfast with an Economist
  • December: Issues in International Trade: A Foundation for Teaching Economics
  • January: Virtual Economics CD Workshop—Thatcher-Safford
  • February: Economic Principles Educate Voters: Focus on Taxes and Income Inequality
  • March: Graphing: Part III
  • April: Dinner and a Movie, Animal Farm: Comparing Economic Systems
  • May: Economic Principles Educate Voters: The Business Cycle & Stabilization Policy
  • June: VOTE: Markets & Government with Dr. Amy Cramer
  • June: Virtual Economics, Pima County Education Fair

2011-2012 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • September: Virtual Economics CD Workshop
  • October: Economics and Geography: A Great Fit for Middle School Teachers
  • October: Breakfast with an Economist
  • November: Understanding Economics in World History
  • Saturday: The Economics Road Show—Sierra Vista
  • January: Economic Principles Educate Voters: Focus on the U.S. Budget
  • January: Economics of Water Use and the Environment—Thursday, January 26, 2012
  • January: The Economics Road Show—Nogales
  • February: Dinner with an Economist
  • February: ASET Conference: Lodging Assistance for attending the Arizona Society of Economics Teachers Conference in the Phoenix Metropolitan area
  • February: All the Graphs You Need To Know: Part I
  • May: Geonomics: Economics, Geography, and Children’s Literature
  • April: The Causes of the Crash of 2008
  • June: Economic Principles Educate Voters: Role of the Government

2010-2011 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • September: Virtual Economics CD Workshops
  • October: Understanding Economics in US History
  • January: Virtual Economics CD Workshops
  • January: Ethics and Economics: Teaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics
  • February: Global Economics
  • March: Understanding Economics in US History
  • June: Economic Principles Educate Voters: Focus on the Role of Government

2009-2010 School Year

  • July: International Economic Summit (IES)
  • September: Virtual Economics CD Workshop
  • December: Understanding Economics in US History
  • December: Global Economics
  • February: Ethics and Economics: Teaching the Ethical Foundations of Economics
  • February: Lodging Assistance for Attending Arizona Society of Economics Teachers (ASET) Conference
  • March: Economic Principles Educate Voters: Focus on Balanced Budget Laws
  • January: Virtual Economics CD Workshop

2008-09 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • September: Understanding Economics in US History
  • September: Economics Book Club: Healthy Competition (Cannon)
  • October: International Economic Summit (IES)
  • October: Virtual Economics CD Workshop
  • November: Economics of Disasters
  • November: Economics Book Club: America The Broke (Swanson)
  • December: Math and Economics for Upper Elementary Teachers
  • December: Economics Book Club: America The Broke (Swanson)
  • January: Economic Principles Educate Voters
  • January: Common Sense Economics
  • February: Is Capitalism Good for the Poor?
  • February: Lodging Assistance for Attending Arizona Society of Economics Teachers (ASET) Conference
  • March: Global Economics
  • April: Virtual Economics CD Workshop

2007-08 School Year

  • Ongoing: Economics Book Club for Teachers
  • October: Virtual Economics CD Workshop
  • November: Math & Economics for Upper Elementary Teachers
  • November: Economics in US History for Middle & High School Teachers
  • January: International Economic Summit (IES) with Federal Reserve Bank-SF
  • January: Economics Book Club: Age of Turbulence (Greenspan)
  • January: Economics Book Club: Age of Turbulence (Greenspan)
  • February: Common Sense Economics with John Stossel
  • February: Virtual Economics CD Workshop
  • February: Economics Book Club: The Wealth of Nations (O’Rourke)
  • March: Economics of Water Use and the Environment
  • March: International Economic Summit (IES) with Federal Reserve Bank-SF
  • March: Economics Book Club: The Wealth of Nations (O’Rourke)
  • March: Economics Book Club: Fast Food Nation (Schlosser)  – 2 sessions
  • May: Economics Book Club: The Elephant & The Dragon (Meredith) – 2 sessions
  • June: Microeconomics Workshop for K-12 Teachers at University of Arizona
  • June: Macroeconomics Workshop for K-12 Teachers at University of Arizona
  • June: AP® Economics Technology Institute for High School Teachers

2006-07 School Year

  • January: Comparative Politics and Economics
  • January: Economics Book Club: How Capitalism Saved America (di Lorenzo)
  • February: Virtual Economics
  • February: Arizona Society of Economics Teachers (ASET)
  • March: Economics of Water and the Environment
  • March: Economics Book Club: Travels of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy (Rivoli)
  • May: Economics Book Club: Travels of a T-Shirt in a Global Economy (Rivoli)
  • June: Micro-Economics 2006 Workshop for Teachers K-12
  • June: Macro-Economics 2006 Workshop for Teachers K-12
  • June: Economics Book Club: The World Is Flat (Friedman)
  • September: Environment and the Economy Institute
  • September: The World is Flat (Friedman)
  • September: History of the World in 6 Glasses (Standage)
  • October: Virtual CD Training
  • October: Freakconomics (Dunbar & Levitt)
  • November: Economic Demise of the Soviet Union
  • December: History of the World in 6 Glasses (Standage)
  • January: Economics for US History Teachers
  • February: Is Capitalism Good for the Poor, workshop
  • Mini Grants to Tucson school district support foundations

2004-2005 School Year

  • June: Microeconomics Workshop for Teachers K-12
  • June: AP® Economics Teacher Workshop