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The Center for Economic Education

Programs for Teachers and Students

Through its Center for Economic Education, the Probasco Chair offers programs for teachers and students to provide a better understanding of the theory and practice of capitalism, and the positive relationship between private enterprise and economic prosperity. Dr. J.R. Clark holds the Probasco Chair and directs the Center for Economic Education.

Upcoming Programs



 Teacher Workshop

Technology in the Classroom: 

Resources for Teaching Economics to the i Generation 

Nobel Laureate Thomas J. Sargent

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The Probasco Chair's Center for Economic Education, in cooperation with the Nashville branch of the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, will present a teacher workshop entitled "Technology in the Classroom:  Resources for Teaching the i Generation" for economics teachers in grades 9-12.  Today's students, often referred to as the i Generation, can be defined by their extensive use and mastery of the latest technology, especially mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.  Teachers can utilize their students' expertise to motivate their learning in the economics classroom.

The workshop will introduce participants to the latest technological resources for the economics classroom which they will be able to access in the workshop on their laptops or iPad tablets for actual demonstrations.  The workshop will showcase a variety of resources, including Virtual Economics, Gen i Revolution, Gapminder, FRED, and Common Sense Economics, to aid teachers in presenting economic concepts to their students.  The seminar will demonstrate how technologically-infused materials can be used to present economic concepts in an interactive manner and engage the i Generation.

Space is limited.  Please click below for registration and details.

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Previous Programs

Chattanooga Teacher Study Free Market Environmentalism in Costa Rica

In June 2001, 2003 and 2011, teachers from across the United States attended summer teachers’ institutes on the “Scientific and Economic Analysis of Environmental Issues.” Each seminar was an eight-day module on free-market environmentalism in Costa Rica, co-sponsored by the Probasco Chair of Free Enterprise, The Walker Foundation, and the Political Economy Research Center (PERC).

Economics of Environmental Moral Imperatives lecture featuring J.R. Clark

J. R. Clark addresses teachers on the "Economics of Environmental Moral Imperatives" at Tortuguero.

Zip lining in the Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest

Participant Beverly Kastetter photographs canopy wildlife while zip lining in the Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest.

The purpose of the seminars was to unite science and economics teachers in the classroom and in the field, sharpening awareness of the contribution each makes to environmental issues. Costa Rica proved an ideal laboratory for this experience, allowing the participants to compare public and private environmental efforts through site visits to rain forest, coastal, and marine habitats. The teachers experienced lectures from internationally recognized experts in environmental issues and learned the "vital link between science and economics." For more information on the "Scientific and Economic Analysis of Environmental Issues" seminar, please click here for the brochure.

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