COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 266

December 21, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Institute on the Environment and the Economy

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce a free, four-day, professional development opportunity for high school teachers provided by the Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) in partnership with the Virginia Council on Economic Education (VCEE) and Appalachian Power Company.

 

The Institute on the Environment and the Economy is designed primarily for economics, social studies, history, government, and environmental science teachers. This four-day residential program is designed to integrate classroom discussion involving market solutions to environmental issues and will take place on February 24-27, 2007, at The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

 

Teachers will learn how to use economic principles to analyze environmental issues and how a rational, economic approach to the environment helps students understand the complexity of these issues. Lesson plans will be demonstrated and discussed in order to build confidence in their effectiveness. Key topics will include:

 

  • Marginal decision making;
  • Scarcity;
  • Opportunity Cost;
  • Incentives and the Role of Profit;
  • Markets and Prices;
  • Externalities and Property Rights; and
  • Sustaining public resources.

 

Tuition and fees are covered, as well as lodging and some meals. A refundable deposit of $100 must accompany the registration form, to be returned upon completion of the program. Registration is due by January 10, 2007.

To obtain more information and to register, please go to the website at http://www.fte.org/teachers/programs/environment/.

 

If you have questions, please contact the Virginia Council on Economic Education at (804) 828-1627, or e-mail Sara Finley at shfinley@vcu.edu; or Paula Klonowski, science coordinator, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Paula.Klonowski@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 371-0249.

 

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