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Economics for Empowerment Summer Seminar

July 23-28, 2023 | Santa Clara University

Discover engaging ways to energize your classroom, connect with other California educators, and empower your students to use economic reasoning to achieve their goals.

Early-Bird Registration: $100 off if you register by April 15, 2023

$500 program fee* includes:

  • 6-day professional development – in-residence (Concordia University, Irvine)

  • Breakfast, Lunch, and snacks provided

  • Sunday Dinner, Monday evening social, and Thursday evening dinner provided

  • Receive dynamic professional development lesson plans and materials

  • + LAUSD teachers can acquire 2 salary points for attending!

​*Fee may be covered by school or district

Summer Seminar

Empower Your Students Through Engaging Lessons and Activities

Browse some of the lessons, activities, and ready-to-use presentations that you'll be prepared to bring back to your economics classroom after attending the certification training.

Cleaning up the Lake

Engaging activity that helps students learn core Economic concepts including scarcity, marginal analysis, benefit-costs analysis, opportunity costs and trade-offs.

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Human Capital Budget Activity

This activity empowers students by helping them make informed decisions on all aspects in their lives by examining how they spend their human capital on a weekly basis.


Moving Markets

Use concepts of supply and demand to help students develop an intuitive understanding of markets and what causes price determination.

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Dr. Macro

Learn how to implement a highly original, engaging and unique macroeconomic project that fuses Economics and medicine to help students learn how the national economy works.


The Economics of Financial Decision-Making

A presentation that makes the connection between Economics and Personal Finance.


The Trade Game

A dynamic activity that helps students learn the basics of why we trade, the benefits and costs of trade, and what makes globalization so controversial.


California Standards and Framework-Based Content

Economic Reasoning

Students make critical and informed decisions using marginal benefit/cost analysis.

The U.S. Economy

Students learn to read the economic tea leaves and assess the impact that government policies and changes in the indicators have on different
individuals and groups.

Human Capital

Students recognize their worth and the connection between school, human capital development, and achievement of their goals

Inquiry Arc & Civil Discourse

Inquiry allows students to discover different perspectives on significant social issues, which promotes civil discourse


Students learn the impact on them of changes in supply and demand in product, labor, credit and foreign exchange markets.


Using the Inquiry Arc and engaging in civil discourse, students learn to analyze the impact of international economic policies on themselves and others.

California Exceptional Economics Teacher Certification Program

The California Exceptional Economics Teacher Certification Program is an opportunity that is open to all teachers who attend the Economics for Empowerment Summer Seminar. Once you've completed the summer seminar, teach the high school Economics course, and fulfill other requirements, you will be certified by CASET and the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE) as California Exceptional Economics  Teachers.

Step One

Register for the upcoming week-long in-residence professional development

Step Two

Complete the week-long professional development, which includes:

  • Content themes of economic empowerment and equity

  • Student centric, standards-based and inquiry-driven (specified by the 1998 History-Social Science Standards, the 2016 CA History-Social Science Framework, and the National Council for Social Studies C3 Framework)

  • Expert presentations

  • Engaging simulations and activities (This is not your dad’s economic course!)

  • Course-planning time

  • Mentoring

  • Group and individual reflection

  • Debriefing and ongoing coaching

Step Three

Take the knowledge back to your class!

  1. Apply the lessons from the training by building a portfolio

  2. Make a contribution to economic education in the community (e.g., leading a workshop, promoting economic education at a school site through a student event, etc.)

  3. Complete a comprehensive examination which includes a multiple choice test and free response essay questions.

Step Four

Once you've completed the above training, you will obtain recognition from both the California Association of School Economics Teachers (CASET) and the California Council on Economic Education (CCEE), including a signed letter to your principal. 

California Exceptional Economics Teacher Certification Program

Do you have more questions about the Economics for Empowerment Seminar or the Exceptional Economics Teacher Certification Program?

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