​Understanding Economics and the Common Core

A two-day professional development workshop for U.S. history, social studies and economics 6th-12th grade teachers
Credit and Non-Credit Options
Friday, November 1, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Saturday, November 2, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Workshop Fee  $65
This workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Workshop registration includes free curriculum materials, certification of workshop completion, refreshments and lunches.  Metered parking available.

Two-day workshop is available for UW-Stevens Point credit

​Workshop Overview

Attend this conference for the trifecta: engaging our students in the CCSS–Literacy, Economics and U.S. History. Learn how to augment your lesson plans in order to help your students achieve these standards. Our experts will give you the keys to success. For middle school and high school U.S. History, social studies and/or economics teachers.

Teachers participating in this workshop will:

• explore issues related to meeting the Wisconsin State Common Core Literacy Standards in history, social studies and/or economics classes;

• be prepared to help their students meet the Wisconsin State Common Core Literacy Standards and Wisconsin Economic Standards;

• learn economic concepts that are useful in teaching history and social studies topics; and

• become familiar with new curriculum materials and learning activities for introducing economics within U.S. history and social studies 


​Workshop Details

Workshop runs November 1, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. & November 2, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location:  University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

ECON 499/699 section 795, 1 credit OR workshop only
EDUC 370/570 section 795, 1 credit OR workshop only

Credit course runs November 1 - December 6, 2013 
Notes:  Required Workshop Attendance Friday, November 1 & Saturday, November 2.  In conjunction with Economics Wisconsin Workshop.  Additional project required.  Contact Laurie.Kallstrom@uwsp.edu for permission.

Workshop Only: ​​ ​$65
​Undergraduate 1 credit: $364.78
​Graduate 1 credit: ​$521.17

​How to Register

Register for either the two-day workshop OR credit. Attendance at the workshop is required for the credit course.

Registration for Workshop: the workshop has been cancelled due to low enrollment.

Registration for Credit:

1. Complete the registration form
2. Submit the registration form with a $100 deposit payable to UWSP
3. Send completed registration form and deposit to: 

Laurie Kallstom
Outreach Program Manager
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Continuing Education
College of Professional Studies, Rm 100
Stevens Point, WI  54481 

​Workshop Leaders

Angela Bazan

Angela Bazan earned her bachelor’s degree in Education from the UW-Whitewater in 1998. She went on to earn her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction from the same institution in 2010 She has been teaching social studies at Deerfield High School since 1998 where she teaches a wide variety of subjects including U.S. History, Sociology, Diversity, History of the Holocaust, American Government and Advanced Placement Government. In addition, she teaches the Social Studies Methods courses at Edgewood College in Madison. Angela grew up with a love of history and enjoys fueling that passion by igniting the same interest in her students.


Tracy Hofer

Tracy is an associate professor of economics and the Director of the UWSP Center for Economic Education. She has been teaching at UWSP since 1999. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Texas-Austin. Her areas of expertise include international economics, macroeconomic theory and political economy. She received the Distinguished Paper Award from The Midwest Business Administration Association in 2002, and in 2004 was named a Wisconsin Idea Fellow by the UW System for her extraordinary public service to local communities. She received the Division of Business and Economics Excellence in Teaching Award in both 2001 and 2003.


Vicki Porior 

Vicki Porior has worked for the Oshkosh Area School District for 21 years as a middle and high school social studies teacher, PI 24 Peer Coach, Gifted and Talented Resource, and Instructional Support teacher. She is a member of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Urban Social Studies Committee, UW-Madison’s Cooperative Children’s Book Center, and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Vicki earned her bachelor’s in secondary education and political science from UW-Madison, master’s in educational leadership from UW-Oshkosh and Principal Certification from UW-Madison. In addition, she has extensive training in cognitive coaching, standards based learning and disciplinary literacy. Vicki is married with two children, Zach (17) and Josh (13). 

Michele Vinje

Michele Vinje teaches social studies at D.C. Everest Senior High. She earned a B.A. at UWEau Claire and M.S. in History at UW-Stevens Point. She currently teaches AP United States History, Early 20th Century American History and AP Macroeconomics. She is a member of many organizations including the Marathon History Teaching Alliance, Sons of Norway Rib Fjell and Wausau Curling Club. Michele has many interests but if she had to choose one-she loves to travel.


Workshop Materials

Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History

All teachers will receive a free copy of Focus: Understanding Economics in U.S. History (valued at $59.99). This curriculum uses a unique mysterysolving approach to teach U.S. economic history to your middle school and high school students. Sure to capture the attention of your inquisitive and energetic students, these 39 activity-based lessons give you a new, refreshing way to meet your U.S. History content goals, and infuse eye-opening economics material at the same time. When you turn your students into U.S. History sleuths, you’ll immediately capture their attention and unleash a new wave of creativity in your classroom.  


For questions about workshop content please contact:
Professor Tracy Hofer, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Economic Education
School of Business and Economics
Univeristy of Wisconsin-Stevens Point                                      
For questions about earning UW-Stevens Point credit please contact:
Laurie Kallstrom
Outreach Program Manager
College of Professional Studies Continuing Education
For questions about workshop registration please contact:
Wayne Sorenson
UWSP Continuing Education                                       

​Workshop Partners

Partial support for this program was provided to the UW-Stevens Point Center for Economic Education by EconomicsWisconsin. The UW-Stevens Point Center for Economic Education is affiliated with the National Council for Economic Education and EconomicsWisconsin. Our goal is to help children understand personal finance and economics. To accomplish this goal, we work with K-12 teachers in all subject areas and grade levels to provide curriculum materials, teaching strategies and professional development.