Words and Numbers Classroom Professional Development for Teachers: The Electoral College
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 civics concepts created specifically for high school social studies and economics teachers. Led by Dr. James R. Harrigan, the F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow at FEE and Managing Director of the Center for Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, this webinar is capped at 15 attendees-- meaning that while anyone can register, only the first 15 people will be admitted to the program.
Please make sure to carefully review the FAQ at the bottom of this page for additional details on this program, access to the webinar, and other important information.
In this session, Dr. Harrigan will discuss the electoral college, its history, its purpose, how it works, how it struggles, and possible reforms.
The 75-minute presentation 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 FEE.org/classroom 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 attend 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 many people can register for this webinar? There is no limit for registration (so long as those that register are high school social studies teachers), but only the first 15 people to access the meeting will be permitted to attend.
- How do I access this webinar? You will receive an email confirmation by 8/7 along with a follow up email with Zoom access. The first 15 people to access the meeting will be admitted to this program. Please note you may receive emails from both FEE and Zoom regarding this program, but only the Zoom emails will contain your personalized access link. If you have not received an email from Zoom within 12 hours of being accepted, please check your spam folder, and if you still cannot find the zoom message, please email [email protected] immediately.
- Are there any pre-program reading materials for this webinar? Yes. Upon registering, you will receive the pre-program reading materials. We urge every participant to complete this reading, as the entire program 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. Upon registering, that information will be available in the Zoom invitation (your personalized link will automatically enter this information for you). Please note you may receive emails from both FEE and Zoom regarding this program, but only the Zoom emails will contain your personalized access link. If you have not received an email from Zoom within 12 hours of being accepted, please check your spam folder, and if you still cannot find the zoom message, please email [email protected] immediately.
- What time should I log onto the program? We will be starting the program promptly at 7pm ET, so please plan to log on approximately 5 minutes before the beginning of the program.
- It is the day and time of the event and I am having trouble accessing the webinar. Help! Our staff will be online 5 minutes prior to the program admitting people. We will also be monitoring [email protected], so if you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email us immediately.
- 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 register, 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 14). 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!
James R. Harrigan
James R. Harrigan is Managing Director of the Center for Philosophy of Freedom at the University of Arizona, and the F.A. Hayek Distinguished Fellow at the Foundation for Economic Education. He is also co-host of the Words & Numbers podcast.
Attendees log into the zoom meeting, we'll be starting promptly at 7pm ET!
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]