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Econ Camp South (Santa Claus, IN)

Econ Camp South
Santa's Lodge
Santa Clause, IN
September 26-27, 2017


Program Elements

The overall purpose of the Econ Camp is to improve economic literacy in Indiana, focusing on economic concepts identified in the Indiana Academic Standards for Economics. Econ Camp is for high school teachers that teach or integrate economics into their classrooms. Econ Camp is an integral part of Indiana's contribution to the National Campaign for Economic Literacy, initiated by the Council for Economic Education. Participants earn 7 points towards relicensure.

There are three primary goals of the Camp program:

    1. Review and reinforce an understanding of economic concepts identified in the Economics Standards.
    2. Share best teaching practices relating these concepts to current public policy issues.
    3. Promote economics as an important part of the curriculum in the high school.

2017 Agenda

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

4:00 p.m.

Registration opens

5:00 p.m.

Reception - Get to Know One Another

6:00 p.m.


7:00 p.m.

Behavioral Economics and Decision-Making 

In the last couple of decades the influence of Behavioral Economics for decision-making in realms, such as education, business, and analytics has grown significantly. The panel will share some evidence regarding the nature and significance of this influence, and the open discussion session will afford the opportunity to further explore this influence and its implications for economics instruction.

8:30 p.m.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

7:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

Welcome and What's New in Econ Ed

8:30 a.m.

Group Discussion: The Latest Word on Teaching High School Economics

In this session, presenters will share new and revised strategies for teaching engaging lessons to students. Bring your favorite lesson(s) to discuss and share!

9:30 a.m.

Entrepreneurs in Indiana's Manufacturing History
Greg Valentine, Professor Emeritus, University of South
ern Indiana

Entrepreneurship is the process of organizing productive resources to produce goods and services. In a market or mixed economy, entrepreneurs assume the risks associated with starting a new venture, and, if successful, they get to enjoy the benefits (profits). In this session, we will examine entrepreneurs in the auto manufacturing industry. Classroom activities that encourage students to think like entrepreneurs, and analyze some of the risks of entrepreneurship and reasons entrepreneurial ventures sometimes fail will be explored


10:30 a.m.


10:45 a.m.

E-Conversations: A Framework and Lessons for Discussing Controversial Topics in Economics




1:00 p.m.

Economic Development Decision Making


2:30 p.m.

Econ Camp Concludes