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Words and Numbers Classroom Professional Development for Teachers: Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Civil War

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:00 PM
Zoom (ET)

Teaching economics and civics can be difficult, regardless of your experience level. The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is here to help.

FEE is now offering an exclusive, no-cost professional development course on core economics and history concepts created specifically for high school social studies and economics teachers. Led by Dr. Phil Magness, a contributing author at FEE and a Senior Research Fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research, this webinar is capped at 15 attendees (with a waitlist) so as many of your questions as possible can be answered after the presentation.

In this session, Dr. Magness will discuss the history of the American Civil War, slavery and its abolition, and the economic context surrounding each of these things.

The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 30-minute Q&A session and does have pre-webinar readings that will be e-mailed to you upon your acceptance. After you attend the webinar and complete the post program feedback, you’ll be sent a certificate of completion so your attendance may be counted toward your continuing education credits, depending on your state’s requirements.

If you’re interested in this type of event but are unable to make this particular session, please sign up for our newsletter at so you can stay updated on our latest offerings for both professional development and student-oriented opportunities.

Questions? We've included some FAQ's below, but if you have a unique situation, please email [email protected] and we'll get back to you within two business days!

  • Who can apply for this webinar? This program is designed for high school social studies teachers in the U.S., and may be particularly helpful for teachers dealing with Economics and Government curriculum or those teaching AP courses.
  • How do I access this webinar? When will I know if I have been accepted? If accepted, you will receive an email confirmation by 7/31 along with a follow up email with Zoom access.
  • I applied and was accepted, but can no longer attend. What now? Please email [email protected] as soon as possible letting us know your name and email used at registration. Do keep in mind that we have a waitlist for this program, and would love to extend this opportunity to another teacher if you are no longer able to attend.
  • Are there any pre-program reading materials for this webinar? Yes. If accepted, you will receive the pre-program reading materials. We urge every participant to complete this reading, as the entire program discussion will be based on these readings.
  • Do I need to have an advanced knowledge of economics to attend this event? No, any teacher covering these topics in their curriculum is encouraged to apply. The pre-program reading materials will give you the information you need to know going into the meeting.
  • I am not able to attend this event, will you host more? Yes. Words and Numbers Classroom is a series of professional development events for teachers that covers topics in economics, history, and civics. Sign up for our teacher newsletter for upcoming events in this series. If you are interested in coordinating a program for teachers in your school, please email [email protected]. In the meantime, check out our online resources!
  • Do I need a special code to access this event? Yes. If accepted, that information will be available in the Zoom invitation.
  • Will this event count as CTE in my state? Qualifications for webinars vary by state. Each attendee who completes their post program feedback form will receive a Certificate of Completion, which they can submit to their state office for consideration. This certificate will specify the date, topic, and length of our webinar.
  • What do I have to do to receive my certificate? When will I receive my certificate? You must apply and be accepted to this webinar. You must attend and participate in the webinar for its entirety. Finally, you must complete our brief post program feedback form (the deadline for submitting post program feedback is 5pm ET on August 7). We will share the link for this feedback at the end of our program and in our post program emails. You will receive the certificate the following week to the email you used to register.
  • Will this webinar be recorded? Will this content be posted to Youtube? No, this program will not be recorded or posted to Youtube.
  • I am interested in these topics but I am not a high school social studies teacher in the U.S. Can I still apply? This event is a professional development seminar for teachers. As such, we will only consider applicants who fit our teacher category. FEE hosts public events and webinars on these topics, check out our Youtube channel for previous events, and sign up for our newsletter for information on future events!


06:55 PM - 07:00 PM

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Attendees log into the zoom meeting, we'll be starting promptly at 7pm ET!

07:00 PM - 07:45 PM


Phil Magness

07:45 PM - 08:15 PM

Guided Discussion

All, led by Phil Magness

Please make sure to submit your post program feedback in order to receive your Certificate of Completion! Certificates will be sent one week post program from [email protected]