Fall workshops from ODU Economics Center

  ODU Center for Economic Education Fall workshops
 All workshops are free and eligible for recertification/professional development credits. 

 Register online at the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s workshop page http://www.vcee.org/workshop/home and search by SPONSORING CENTER (ODU) for more information and to register for the workshops.  Contact Ruth Cookson at rcookson@odu.edu  if you have any questions.

Picture This!  Bulletin Board Economics for Grades K-3

Wednesday, September 30, 2009       4:30 – 6:30pm

Virginia Beach Higher Education Center 

        Receive a set of 12 posters when you attend this workshop.  These posters, illustrating economic and financial literacy concepts, give teachers innovative teaching tools to cover the SOL economics strand.  During the workshop we will review the K-3 economics concepts and learn great tips on teaching them in your classroom.  Connect the concepts with the provided list of children’s literature and you have ready-made interdisciplinary lessons.  As a bonus, learn how to enter your students’ art so that they can be on next year’s posters!  

It’s Off to Work We Go!  Teaching About Work and Producers for Grades K-1

Thursday, November 19, 2009  4:30 – 6:30pm

Virginia Beach Higher Education Center

        Specifically designed for Kindergarten and First Grade teachers, this workshop centers around working and our community helpers.  We will address the economic concepts of work, producers, jobs, goods and services using children’s literature and active learning lessons. The books My Day, Your Day, Worm Get’s a Job and Jobs: Poems about What I Want to Be will be referenced and teachers will receive a free copy of all three books.  Free, but a $25.00 refundable deposit is required to hold your seat. Your check will be returned to you at the workshop.  Limited to 25 teachers.  History/ Social Science SOLs K.6, K.7, 1.7, 1.9




1st Semester Professional Development Calendar

Just a reminder that the first semester professional development calendar has been posted on the PPS website.  Visit http://www.pps.k12.va.us/teacher_staff/default.aspx?id=3316 to see all the workshops we have planned.  Don’t forget to RSVP to Mrs. Jones (mary.jones@pps.k12.va.us) or Mrs. West (mary.west@pps.k12.va.us) if you plan on attending.

Travel Opportunity for High School Teachers

The Marshall Plan in Austria

From October 24-November 1, 2009, nine Austrian high school teachers and nine American high school teachers will convene in Salzburg, Austria for the opening sessions of a workshop entitled “A Visionary Partnership across Continents: George C. Marshall and the European Recovery Program in Austria.”  A product of collaboration between the George C. Marshall International Center in Leesburg, Virginia and the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) in Vienna, the workshop will give the teachers the opportunity to interact with recognized Austrian experts on the European Recovery Plan—the “Marshall Plan”—as they visit sites in Austria that were impacted by this critical mid-20th century program. High School level American/European history teachers, German teachers who cover the Marshall Plan era, and teachers of modern economics are encouraged to apply by September 21. All expenses, including airfare, meals, and lodging are covered.

While the principal objective of the workshop is to provide participants with an understanding of Marshall and the plan he conceived, which they can take back to their classrooms, the lectures and tours that are included are designed also to foster international cooperation and cultural exchange. 

The workshop will begin at the historic Schloss Leopoldskron Hotel in the Global Seminar Conference Center in Salzburg. Following presentations and films on Marshall’s life and a lecture by Dr. Reinhold Wagnleitner entitled “The Coca-Colonization and the Cold War: The Cultural Mission of the United States in Austria after the Second World War,” the group will travel by bus over three days to a series of “Marshall Plan sites,” places where the impact of the Marshall Plan can still be seen: the Loden-Steiner factory in Mandling, the large hydro-electric complex at Kaprun, and the Voest-Alpine Steel Plant at Linz. Lectures, visits to local museums, and discussions with Austrian citizens with memories of the late 40s have been arranged at each site.     

The workshop ends in Vienna with lectures on the Marshall Plan in the Soviet Sector by Dr. Barbara Stelzl-Marx, on Marshall Plan Counterpart Funds by Dr. Thomas Nowotny, and on the Marshall Plan negotiating process by a former ERP project coordinator, Dr. Hans Seidel.  A very special scheduled stop in Vienna will be a visit to the Austrian National Library Archives for a presentation by Dr. Hans Petschar on the Library’s extraordinary collection of Marshall Plan photographs.                     

The Idea for an Austrian Marshall Workshop

 Former Austrian Ambassador to the United States, Eva Nowotny, played a key role in forging the collaboration between the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS) and the George C. Marshall International Center that led to the Austrian Marshall Workshop. She learned of the Center’s on-going summer Marshall Immersion Workshop, now in its seventh year, and proposed that the AWS develop a similar workshop for delivery in Austria.  Professor Guenter Bischof of the University of New Orleans, a preeminent expert on the Marshall Plan in Austria, suggested the Marshall Plan sites to be visited and provided introductions to those who will be lecturing. 

The Austrian Ministry of Education agreed to join with the AWS in providing financial support for the workshop.  In addition, the Ministry offered to recruit the Austrian teachers.  The American teachers, who will come from across the United States, will be selected by a committee of the George C. Marshall International Center.  Rachel Thompson and Alisa Soderquist, professional educators and members of the Center staff, have developed the itinerary, and will direct the overall implementation of the program.

For questions, please contact Rachel Thompson: TNLady57@aol.com; or Alisa Soderquist: asoderquist1@verizon.net.

 Austria seminar application

 Apply by September 21!

Innovator Grants and HBO Archives

The application for this year’s Portsmouth Schools Foundation Innovator Grants has been sent out.  Awards of up to $500 will be distributed to Portsmouth Public School teachers, staff, or parents.  The applications are due by noon on Friday, October 9, 2009.  Projects can be done in teams.  Here’s the application in case you need it.

PSF Grant Application

I just checked out a new resource from HBO Archives.  It’s the March of Time newsreel series, which was produced from 1935-1967.  The films are free, but you do have to register.  (It only takes a couple of minutes.)  There are many newsreels covering different topics, some of which are relevant to our curriculum.  (Moreso for middle and high schools.)  There are a lot of reels from the 1930’s (covering topics like the CCC, TVA, King Cotton, child labor, etc.)  A few reels from the 1940’s, 50’s, and 60’s are also posted.  HBO is still working on restoring and posting footage, so the list will certainly grow. 

Clips vary in length, but could be an interesting primary source addition to your lessons.  I’ve watched several already and they are very interesting and give a good insight to the mindset of the time.