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Economics: Micro and Macro

July 6 - 10, 2021
: Bruce Damasio

This course is designed as an institute for current high school teachers of AP® Economics, regardless of experience level: new to AP® or an experienced teacher in AP® economics. The course will include an overview of content, course organization, selection and use of materials, test development, and a strong emphasis on methodology and teaching strategies. It will not be a week focused solely on content; time is not available to target one specific course versus another.

Participants will focus on ways to connect content to assessments and active learning. Participants will develop lessons and materials with content specific to the AP® Microeconomics and AP® Macroeconomics courses. Participants are encouraged to bring class outlines, textbooks, course syllabi, and sample lessons to share and modify. Participants will be expected to collaborate and help each other learn, listen, share and succeed. In addition, participants will discuss the agenda and expectations of the College Board®—topics from equity to expectations for the teacher and students.

Participants also will receive or get access to the latest CED materials from The College Board® and have opportunities to understand their purpose and potential use with their courses.

About the Instructor

Bruce Damasio

Bruce L. Damasio, currently teaching Economics at Harford Community College, has been a reader and was one of the original readers for AP® Economics exams from 1989 to 2009. He is on the staff of the Maryland Council for Economics Education as the staff member responsible for teacher training and AP® coordination for Maryland. He is the past president of GATE (Global Association of Teachers of Economics), associated with the Council for Economic Education, serving as president from 2005 to 2009 and also as a consultant for AP® publications from CEE during that time. He was a two time board member, from 2002 to 2010, for the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) based in Washington DC.

In 2002, he was the National Teacher of the Year in the United States for Social Studies. He has conducted numerous one-day workshops for College Board® across the United States as well as summer weeklong APSI trainings at sites across America, including:  University of Alabama; New Mexico State; New Mexico Highlands University; Goucher College; University of San Diego; LaSalle University; Fordham University; and numerous state and local schools across the country. He has been to China six previous times for AP® trainings and taken trips to Taiwan, South Korea and the UAE for College Board® workshops. 

Bruce also taught six years of middle school and 27 years of high school social studies and economics in Maryland. In 2015, he was a fellow attending the Imperial War Museum/ American Air Museum in Britain summer institute at London, Cambridge and RAF Duxford. He conducted and presented research on the 8th Air Force and attended briefings and visited sites. He has been a certified consultant for The College Board® since 2002 for AP® Macro and AP® Micro training for teachers.

All participants need to agree that you will not make any video or audio recordings of any APSI sessions, for any use, including personal use, without the prior written consent of College Board®.

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