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Econ Camp South

Learn ways to integrate Economics into your classroom at Econ Camp

AUDIENCE: High School Teachers

DATE: September 25& 26, 2019

TIME: Beginning at 4:00 pm on September 25th. Ending by 2:30 pm on September 26th

LOCATION: Santa's Lodge, Santa Claus, IN



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 who teach or integrate economics into their classrooms and 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.

2019 Agenda (Tentative)

Wednesday, September 25

5:30 p.m.

Get to Know One Another

5:45 p.m.


6:45 p.m.

Evening Session:

"Brexit and EU: Why It Matters to You"
Dr. Daria Sevastianova, Romain College of Business, University of Southern Indiana

Since the U.K. referendum vote to leave the EU in June 2016, few of us question that the impact will be felt in Europe. But why does Brexit matter to Hoosiers? Learn about the international economic and political connections that point to fact that:

  • Brexit will have both a local and global impact.
  • Brexit will not be over on October 31st.
  • The issues underlying the Brexit vote are relevant to us and are here to stay.

8:30 p.m.


Thursday, September 26

7:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.


8:15 a.m.

Group Discussion: The Latest Word on Teaching High School Economics

This is our annual conversation regarding the state of teaching economics and personal finance. Bring your questions, best practices / activities to share and discuss. You will also be able to give your feedback on the Indiana Academic Standards in Economics / Global Economics to members of the standards review team.

9:15 a.m.

What Can Students Really Do With Economics?

Many teachers of economics understand that economics has the power to change the way you see the world.  In this session, you will discover engaging ways to answer the question, "When I am going to use this in real life?"  In addition, we'll discuss the factors that influence (both positively and negatively) girls interest in economics and how as teachers we can better prepare and encourage girls to explore majors and careers in economics and finance.

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Curriculum Focus: What's New from Federal Reserve Education

Dave Perkis,
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch

Gain a first-hand view of how economic thinking impacts human behavior and history!  We will model a lesson tied to our historical database, FRASER, which contains primary historical documents on our nation's economy.  You will also receive instruction in navigating FRASER, FRED, and other economic curriculum materials from the St. Louis Fed.

11:50 am


12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Panel Discussion: The Financial and Economic Costs of Higher Education
Mary Harper, Student Financial Assistance, Director, USI
Dr. Matthew Hanka, Associate Professor of Political Science, MPA Program Director, USI
Dr. Dave Perkis, Senior Economic Education Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch

In this panel presentation, we will explore factors that influence the financial costs of higher education and student's ability to pay. We will also consider the impact of student debt on graduates and how can we teach students how to apply an economic way of thinking to help them evaluate higher education funding policy proposals such as "free" college for all.

2:00 pm

Evaluation and Closing Remarks

2:30 p.m.

Econ Camp Concludes


All direct Camp costs, including registration, room, and board, will be covered. Because of limited room availability, participants will share rooms. Participants will be responsible for transportation costs.


Econ Camp South takes place at
Santa's Lodge
91 W. Christmas Blvd.
Santa Claus, IN 47579


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"This was my first Econ Camp and it was an awesome experience. I have attended a couple of other programs conducted by the ICEE and all have been quality programs. I look forward to attending the Camp next year."