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Economics for Opinion Leaders - Superintendents, School Board & Board of Education Members

Registration fee is $45 and includes breakfast and lunch both days of the seminar, along
with a reception following the meeting day one. A stipend will be offered to those in
attendance to all sessions both days.

EconomicsWisconsin invites you to participate in this two-day seminar on basic economic concepts.  This seminar 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 those with little or no formal training in economics.
The seminar stresses how the economic way of thinking can help you become a better policy maker and a more informed citizen. Engaging readings and interactive simulations will be included. 

In addition, a Wisconsin expert on school finance will help board members gain a better understanding of Wisconsin school district financial issues. A brief session will cover personal finance, but the majority of the seminar will cover economic concepts and theories similar to an “Introduction to Economics” course one would take in college.

Here is what past participants have said about this professional development opportunity:

  • "It was a very positive and informative experience that I would recommend to
    anyone who has the opportunity to attend this event. The information was presented
    in an understandable and unbiased format. The presenters were engaging and
  • "I found the information at this seminar both interesting and useful as a basis for making choices. Economics is all about choices. I prefer big picture thinking and this was "spot on" in that respect. Of particular interest would be the big picture concept of incentives and how properly thought incentives help guide favorable choices often with minimal conflict. I would highly recommend this to anyone."
  • "Ability to explain emotionally charged topics without political animosity."

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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 and former Director of the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Education. 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 eight issues of Social Education, the flagship journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.  His latest books are Teaching Economics in Troubled 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 and the Business and Economics Academy of Milwaukee (BEAM).

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