This two-day conference for Wisconsin teachers will provide information intended to help develop a clearer understanding of basic economic principles, and offer insights on how the economy influences the lives of your students. This workshop features presenters who are talented, experienced economists with a unique ability to help you understand and communicate economic principles in ways that are powerful, entertaining and engaging to non-economists.
The seminar will stress learning how to think in terms "economic impact". Engaging readings and interactive simulations will be included.
Here is what past participants have said about this professional development opportunity:
- "The vast amount of knowledge regarding all the components of econ that was present made the info, though presented rapidly, very understandable. The graphs and charts, along with the videos, strengthened the understanding."
- "Look forward to implementing these ideas!"
- "The presentations helped me develop a clearer understanding of the concepts I teach"
M. Scott Niederjohn is Dean of School of Business and Entrepreneurship and Charlotte and Walter Kohler Professor of Economics at Lakeland University in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Professor Niederjohn is also the Director of Lakeland’s Center for Economic Education. Dr. Niederjohn holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Professor Niederjohn has published more than fifty articles, monographs, reports, and curriculum materials in journals such as Applied Economics, Monthly Labor Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Eastern Economics Journal, Journal of Private Enterprise, and Wisconsin Interest. Niederjohn’s research is concentrated in the areas of economic education, public policy analysis, and applied microeconomics. He received the Governor’s Financial Literacy Award in 2011, 2012 and 2015. During the fall of 2013, Niederjohn was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the University of Luxembourg. Niederjohn serves on the boards of the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM) and the Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE).
Mark C. Schug is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Professor Schug taught for 36 years at the middle school, high school, and university levels. A widely recognized scholar, he has written and edited over 200 articles, books, and national curriculum materials. He has been the guest co-editor of seven issues of Social Education, the flagship journal of the National Council for the Social Studies. His latest books are Teaching Economics in Troubles times published by Routledge Press and co-edited with William C. Wood of James Madison University and Economic Episodes in American History published by Wohl Publishing and co-authored William C. Wood.
Professor Schug earned a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has received national awards for leadership, service, and research in economic education. He received the Governor’s Financial Literacy Award in 2011. He serves on the boards of the (national) Association of Private Enterprise Education. Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM), and EconomicsWisconsin and is the Senior Program Advisor to the Florida Council on Economic Education.