Teachers of grades five-12 and curriculum supervisors are invited to participate in the “Understanding Global Economic Issues” teacher workshop Feb. 8 in the Voyageurs Room, Atwood Memorial Center.
The day-long workshop is facilitated by Donald G. Fell, program director for the Foundation for Teaching Economics, a California non-profit that advocates for improved economics education.
Among the topics to be addressed are the basics of international trade, trade alliances and trade patterns.
Cost is $25, including a light breakfast and full lunch.
Fell holds a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree in economics from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Among the places he has taught are The Ohio State University, the University of South Florida and Illinois State University.
Fell is the co-founder of IGS Consulting, a growth strategies consultancy to small, medium and rapidly-growing businesses. He is a past president of the National Association of Economic Educators.
The workshop is part of the 57th Winter Institute, St. Cloud State’s conference on economics, business conditions and economics education.
The workshop includes attending a Winter Institute presentation by Bryan Caplan, a George Mason University economist and author. The presentation is titled “Open Borders.” In its 57th year, the Winter Institute’s theme is “Immigration Explored.”
Caplan is best known for “The Myth of the Rational Voter” (Princeton University Press, 2007), which argues citizens cast votes based on four irrational biases about economic issues such immigration, economic growth, welfare and trade.
He is collaborating with cartoonist Zach Weinersmith on “All Roads Lead to Open Borders,” a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration.
In addition to his teaching at George Mason, Caplan is a research fellow at the Mercatus Center, adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute and contributor to the The Library of Economics and Liberty.
The workshop is presented by the Foundation for Teaching Economics, in partnership with the St. Cloud State’s Center for Economic Education.