Oct 31 2008

Where I’ll be next week – Richmond Federal Reserve Bank

Published by at 11:05 pm under AP Economics,Teaching

Powell Center for Economic Literacy – AP Economics Teachers Conference

Tomorrow morning I board a plane from Zurich to Virginia, which in addition to being a key battle ground state in next week’s election, is home of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank. The Fed is hosting the National AP Economics Teachers Conference from Sunday through Tuesday, and I am lucky enough to get to attend this year.

This biennial national conference offers a forum for networking with other AP Economics teachers from across the country, updates on topics of interest, demonstrations of effective teaching techniques, as well as outstanding keynote speakers.

Keynote speakers will include Tim Harford, Columnist with Financial Times and best-selling author of The Undercover Economist and The Logic of Life; Federal Reserve Board Governor Kevin Warsh, appointed to the Board in 2006 and formerly Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Executive Secretary of the National Economic Council from 2002 until February 2006; and Dr. J. Alfred Broaddus, Past President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

I plan to write a post for each of the four main workshops at this conference: “Demystifying macroeconomics”, “Demystifying microeconomics”, “Technology in the Econ classroom”, and “Understanding exchange rates and the value of the dollar”. Stay tuned for some great posts from an amazing professional development experience for economics teachers.


About the author:  Jason Welker teaches International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement Economics at Zurich International School in Switzerland. In addition to publishing various online resources for economics students and teachers, Jason developed the online version of the Economics course for the IB and is has authored two Economics textbooks: Pearson Baccalaureate’s Economics for the IB Diploma and REA’s AP Macroeconomics Crash Course. Jason is a native of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, and is a passionate adventurer, who considers himself a skier / mountain biker who teaches Economics in his free time. He and his wife keep a ski chalet in the mountains of Northern Idaho, which now that they live in the Swiss Alps gets far too little use. Read more posts by this author

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