1. Welcome to this Common Sense Economics for Life Workshop! 
  2. Use the workshop facilitator’s form to connect to the WiFi.  On successful connection, advance to Item 2.
  3. Complete the workshop participation form.  Move onto Items 4-6.
  4. Overview of Common Sense Economics and Practical Personal Finance
  5. Workshop agenda
  6. Common Sense Economics Teacher and Student Testimonials
  7. After reviewing items 4-6, familiarize yourself with the Common Sense Economics for Life Demonstration Site.
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    Password:  stavros
    Under courses:  click on Common Sense Economics for Life Demonstration.
  8. Workshop nuggets
    1. Common Sense Economics Elements_1-1_1-2_1-3
    2. Part 3 “Political Versus Market Choices Lesson Plan” by J. Corey and J. Gwartney.
    3. Part 4 “Assignment 12.2 Zero-based Budgeting Guide for Excel Spreadsheet” and other supplements are provided.
    4. Additional CSE supplements are posted at:
    5. Throughout the course: Controversies in Economics Video Series
    6. Videos (ADA compliant): (Search by CSE or Slice of Life)
    7. Podcasts and accompanying PDFs:
    8. Other resources, websites, blogs, and interactives useful in teaching economics and personal finance:
  9. Workshop evaluation – Submit an evaluation form to conclude this CSE workshop.  (Results are shared with the supporters of Common Sense Economics content team and workshop sponsors.  They will be used to improve the workshop.) 
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  12. Assign the Common Sense Economics massive open online course (MOOC) as bonus work to students!   The MOOC is intended to peak students’ interest in learning more about the relevancy of economics and personal finance.  This “appetizer” course offers short readings, engaging videos, interesting podcasts and more. At their own pace, students invest approximately 12 hours of time reading, watching, listening, participating in discussions related to economics, and completing quizzes and exams. Students earning 80 percent or higher receives a CSE badge per CSE part – Basic Elements; Why Some Nations Grow; Economics of Government; and Financial Fitness. Competency badges can be shared with instructors for extra credit.  They can be placed on resumes, college applications, and social media pages. The spring CSE MOOC runs through October 23, 2017.   This MOOC is a complement to, not a substitute for, what students are doing in their economics and personal finance courses.  Both are available at no money cost ($0).
  13. Adopt the Common Sense Economics (2016, St. Martins Press).  Pair it with the course shell available in Canvas, Moodle, and Blackboard.  Start the adoption process by emailing:  Tawni Hunt Ferrarini at or Joe Calhoun