Energy Economics in the 21st Century
Mar
3
8:00 AM08:00

Energy Economics in the 21st Century

Energy Economics in the 21st Century
Dr. Bonnie Colby, University of Arizona Energy Economist

University of Arizona
March 3, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Even with the development of alternative energy sources, our ever-growing global energy needs mean we will continue to face basic economic questions about energy: What kind of energy should we produce; how will we produce it, and how will we allocate it? Energy economics is a vibrant theme in global, national and local dialogues. 

Join us for a workshop about energy economics that will cover these issues and more:

  • Producing and using renewable vs. conventional energy
  • The energy tradeoffs for households, businesses and communities
  • The externalities of energy production and use

During this workshop, teachers will engage in decision-making activities about energy production and use that they can take back to their classrooms. Teachers, help your students learn about the economics of energy decisions we face today, and those they will face in the future.

Dr. Bonnie Colby is a faculty member at The University of Arizona in the Departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences and Geography. Her research, teaching, and outreach focus on economic tradeoffs in water and energy management, climate change adaptation, and incentive-based agreements to improve energy and water supply reliability for agricultural, environmental, and urban needs. She has been modeling patterns of seasonal water and energy demand under various climate scenarios. 

Dr. Colby provides invited testimony to state legislatures, state and federal courts and the U.S. Congress. She has taught at Harvard University’s Executive Training Programs and in professional training programs for judges and water masters, attorneys, engineers, appraisers and international conservation leaders from all continents.

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Data Literacy: Making Sense of Data for Math and Social Studies Teachers
Mar
7
5:00 PM17:00

Data Literacy: Making Sense of Data for Math and Social Studies Teachers

Data Literacy Part 2: Making Sense of Data for Math and Social Studies Teachers
March 7 (2nd of 2-night series)
UA Gould Simpson Building, Room 849
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.)

As society becomes more steeped in “big data,” do you and your students feel a sense of information overload? Do you want to bring data into the classroom that both you and your students would find relevant? You can use data in your classroom to help students discern the truth and dispel the myths! Both math and social studies teachers use data but often approach it from different angles (‘punintentional’). Math teachers may have students analyze real-world datasets so students learn the power of statistics to inform real-life decision-making. Social science teachers may want to push students to critically examine datasets used in political or economic decision-making from a quantitative perspective. We hope you will join us to see how these angles are truly complementary! On February 7 and March 7, the CRR, in cooperation with the Thomas R. Brown Foundation, will present a two-part series on statistical literacy, using datasets applicable to economics, U.S. Government, and other social science courses. The workshop will be comprised of approximately 50 percent each math and social science teachers, so you are guaranteed kindred spirits whichever subject you teach. This workshop will examine:

  • How data can spur us to ask questions
  • Data has underlying assumptions and definitions
  • Questions we should ask about a dataset/ becoming a data skeptic
  • The strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of a given dataset

In-between the two sessions, you will use data with your students so that you may report back at the second session. We will provide excellent instruction from a PhD mathematician and real-world data analyst, and you will leave this series better equipped to use data with your students. In addition, we will feed you dinner and provide certificates for professional development hours. This workshop is most suitable for middle and high school teachers.

 

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VOTE: Deficits and Debt
Apr
7
8:00 AM08:00

VOTE: Deficits and Debt

Registration & Breakfast 7:30-8:00 a.m.

Workshop  8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


This one-day workshop is designed to enhance your knowledge of  the economic policies involved with Deficits and Debt, how those policies affect your students, and how they can become better decision-makers regarding their future.

 

This workshop is one of eight you may take in any sequence to expand your understanding of economic issues in public discourse. The VOTE Program is unique in presenting alternative perspectives of economic issues through informative, entertaining, and experiential learning. VOTE workshops are recommended for middle and high school teachers of social studies, history, government, civics, business, economics, mathematics, science, and language arts. 

 

Professor Cramer’s workshop will include lessons on the existence, importance, and size of deficit spending, the challenge of revenue and expenditure decisions, options to manage our deficits and debt, the role of balanced budget laws in our lives; a discussion of conservative, liberal, and radical perspectives in modern policy discourse; and participant modeling of activities for immediate use in your classroom.

 

All VOTE conferences and workshops are taught by Amy S. Cramer, Ph.D.
Full-time Instructor of Economics at Pima Community College West Campus

This NO FEE workshop features:

  • Participation in activity-based lessons
  • Certificate for 7 hours of professional development
  • Complementary breakfast and lunch on-site
  • Mileage stipend for teachers who live outside of Pima County
    and travel 35 miles or more each way to attend this workshop

  

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Story Time Economics for Pre-Service K-5 Teachers
Apr
21
9:30 AM09:30

Story Time Economics for Pre-Service K-5 Teachers

April 21, 2018: Story Time Economics for K-5 Pre-service K-5 Teachers

Pre-service elementary teachers, your instructional time is limited, so learn how to use story hour to incorporate K-5 economic concepts. At this half-day workshop, you will see Arizona Social Studies economic standards taught through three different children's books, and will take away easy-to-learn activities that you can immediately use in your classrooms. In addition to providing you with workshop materials and lunch, you will be able to select and take with you one of the books we use in the workshop, all at no cost to you. You will receive a certificate for professional development hours. Suitable for all pre-service K-5 teachers. No fee, but you must register for this program. 

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VOTE: Markets & Government 3-Day Conference
May
31
to Jun 2

VOTE: Markets & Government 3-Day Conference

  • Pima Community College - West Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Registration and Breakfast each day 7:30-8:00 a.m

Workshop 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Teachers, help your students become more educated and articulate voters. Attend this three-day conference designed to honor and respect the voices of the great economic thinkers of the past, and use their lessons to help your students analyze current economic issues from multiple perspectives.

This three-day conference is the foundation for the entire VOTE series. In addition, there are eight one-day workshops. All components may be taken in any sequence. VOTE workshops are recommended for middle and high school teachers of social studies, history, government, civics, business, economics, mathematics, science, and language arts.

All VOTE workshops are taught by Amy S. Cramer, Ph.D., Full-Time Instructor of Economics at Pima Community College.

Dr. Cramer’s workshop will include:

  • Lessons on markets and the role of government
  • Focus on wages, housing, agriculture, and product safety
  • Discussion of conservative, liberal, and radical perspectives in modern policy discourse
  • Modeling of student activities for immediate use in your classroom

The conference includes:

  • Participation in activity-based lessons
  • Certificate for 21 hours of professional development
  • Continental breakfast and lunch on-site
  • Mileage assistance available for teachers who live outside of Pima County and travel 35 miles or more each way to attend this workshop

There is no fee, but you must register:

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VOTE: Market Power
Feb
10
8:00 AM08:00

VOTE: Market Power

  • Pima Community College West Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN

Registration & Breakfast 7:30-8:00 a.m. - Workshop 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

This one-day workshop is designed to enhance your knowledge of the economic policies involved with Market Power, how those policies affect your students, and how they can become better decision-makers regarding their future.

This workshop is one of eight you may take in any sequence to expand your understanding of economics issues in public discourse. The VOTE series is unique in presenting alternative perspectives of economic issues through informative, entertaining, and experiental learning. VOTE workshops are recommended for middle and high school teachers of social studies, history, government, civics, business, economics, mathematics, science, and language arts.

Professor Cramer's workshop will include lessons on perfect competition versus monopoly, profit maximizing levels of output, antitrust legislation, the role of corporations in our lives; a discussion of conservative, liberal, and radical perspectives in modern policy discourse; and participant modeling of activities for immediate use in your classroom.

All VOTE conferences and workshops are taught by Amy S. Cramer, Ph.D.
Full-Time Instructor of Economics at Pima Community College West Campus

This NO FEE workshop features:

  • Participation in activity-based lessons
  • Certificate for 7 hours of professional development
  • Complementary breakfast and lunch on-site
  • Mileage stipend for teachers who live outside of Pima County
    and travel 35 miles or more each way to attend this workshop
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Data Literacy: Making Sense of Data for Math and Social Studies Teachers
Feb
7
5:00 PM17:00

Data Literacy: Making Sense of Data for Math and Social Studies Teachers

Data Literacy: Making Sense of Data for Math and Social Studies Teachers
February 7 and March 7 (2-night series)
UA Gould Simpson Building, Room 849
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Dinner will be served at 5 p.m.)

As society becomes more steeped in “big data,” do you and your students feel a sense of information overload? Do you want to bring data into the classroom that both you and your students would find relevant? You can use data in your classroom to help students discern the truth and dispel the myths! Both math and social studies teachers use data but often approach it from different angles (‘punintentional’). Math teachers may have students analyze real-world datasets so students learn the power of statistics to inform real-life decision-making. Social science teachers may want to push students to critically examine datasets used in political or economic decision-making from a quantitative perspective. We hope you will join us to see how these angles are truly complementary! On February 7 and March 7, the CRR, in cooperation with the Thomas R. Brown Foundation, will present a two-part series on statistical literacy, using datasets applicable to economics, U.S. Government, and other social science courses. The workshop will be comprised of approximately 50 percent each math and social science teachers, so you are guaranteed kindred spirits whichever subject you teach. This workshop will examine:

  • How data can spur us to ask questions
  • Data has underlying assumptions and definitions
  • Questions we should ask about a dataset/ becoming a data skeptic
  • The strengths, weaknesses, and limitations of a given dataset

In-between the two sessions, you will use data with your students so that you may report back at the second session. We will provide excellent instruction from a PhD mathematician and real-world data analyst, and you will leave this series better equipped to use data with your students. In addition, we will feed you dinner and provide certificates for professional development hours. This workshop is most suitable for middle and high school teachers.

There is no fee for this workshop, but you must register. Register through the UA Mathematics Department Google form here:

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Integrating Economics into 20th Century U.S. History
Jan
27
8:00 AM08:00

Integrating Economics into 20th Century U.S. History

In this half-day workshop middle and high school teachers will discover engaging ways to teach American history and economic principles simultaneously! Join us for breakfast and lessons on the consumerism and affluence of the 1920s, the economic transformations of the 1930s, and the feminization of the workforce in the mid-to-late 20th century. These lessons encourage economic and historical thinking skills as students will make historical claims and support them with evidence drawn from analyzing quantitative data, primary source documents, and a famous work of American literature. Attendees will receive all materials necessary to replicate lessons presented. Suitable for all middle and high school teachers who teach history, social studies, language arts or government.

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The Economics of Your Teacher Retirement
Jan
18
5:00 PM17:00

The Economics of Your Teacher Retirement

  • UA College of Education, Room 211 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Should you stay or go? Maybe you have considered either moving to another state to teach, or even leaving teaching altogether. Before you do, learn ALL the costs and benefits of continuing to teach in Arizona—you may end up far better off than you think by staying in teaching, in Arizona. Either way, you need accurate information before you decide.

This event will have 3 components: 

  • How the ASRS computes your pension and how to maximize it
  • The opportunity cost of teaching, as well as the present and future benefits of your pension and Social Security
  • How to think about your teaching pension and Social Security as part of your entire retirement financial plan

This session is for teacher information only, and applies directly to those within the ASRS system. There are no commercial interests involved, so no-one will try to sell you anything. This workshop is brought to you by three southern Arizona non-profits working on behalf of teachers: Tucson Values Teachers, the TCI Foundation, and the Thomas R. Brown Foundation.

What teachers said about this workshop:

“This course was literally a life-saver! After attending the workshop, I can sleep better knowing my plan for financial security.” --Deirdre

“I found the "Economics of Your Teacher Retirement” exceptional in both presentation and its practicality at any point of one’s teaching career; I am employing many of the concepts right now.”  --Mark

“THE ECONOMICS OF YOUR TEACHER RETIREMENT" delivered a comprehensive examination of each of the three components of retirement that you will not find elsewhere.”  --Dana

There is no fee for this program, but you must register. Register through Tucson Values Teachers by clicking the button below.
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7th ANNUAL BREAKFAST with ECONOMIST GERRY SWANSON
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

7th ANNUAL BREAKFAST with ECONOMIST GERRY SWANSON

Join Us for Breakfast with Gerry!
Saturday, October 28, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Gerry's Talk: "Are Old School Economic Measurements Out of Date?"

The Thomas R. Brown Foundation proudly presents an annual and favorite event for teachers, especially those teaching economics, AP Economics, U.S. government or social studies, who want to gain valuable insight about the current U.S. economy. On Saturday, October 28, 2017, you will have the opportunity to hear the latest data and assessment of the economy from our favorite economist. University of Arizona professor emeritus Dr. Gerry Swanson will join us for a delicious breakfast at a lovely Tucson hotel, where he will provide teachers with his perspective on the current state of the economy, using his usual humor, insight and keen knowledge of principles economics. Gerry will discuss traditional economic measurements, and why they may not work the way we were taught 20 or 30 years ago. Following his presentation, Dr. Swanson will allow time for questions from teachers.

Join us for a “free” breakfast with Gerry! This event fills up fast, so reserve your spot now!

Note: Because this is a short program, we cannot offer mileage reimbursement for those traveling from outside Pima County. The breakfast is a hot buffet-style meal, and thus we cannot take special orders based on dietary restrictions. However, we do our best to ensure a wide variety of foods from which you may choose.

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