Professional Development Workshops


ACRE participates in several professional development workshops throughout the academic year. At these workshops, teachers hear lectures on a variety of economic topics, participate in Q&A sessions with experts in the field, and take home new lesson plans and activity kits for their classes.

Economic Freedom of the World Webinar

November 6, 2020 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm

The original and in some ways the central question of economics is: Why are some countries rich and others poor? Beyond being able to merely describe the differences, we want to understand how to make poor countries richer and rich countries better. During this session, teachers will learn the components of economic freedom and be given examples and resources that can illustrate the concepts to students.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive 1 hour of professional development credit and a copy of The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli. Register on the Economics Arkansas website here.

Time Well Spent Webinar

November 12, 2020 – 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Do you know why the number 8760 is important? It’s the number of hours in a year. What if we thought about how much of our life it takes to buy something, like a carton of eggs or a house, instead of thinking about how many dollars it costs? This module explores an alternate way of thinking about the “cost” of any object: the effort that is “hidden” underneath a dollar bill. The session will also cover historical trends in productivity, how wealth is created in modern economies, and how technology increases quality and decreases price over time.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive 1 hour of professional development credit and a free book provided by Economics Arkansas! Register on the Economics Arkansas website here.


Please contact Terra Aquia at tvotaw@uca.edu for more information about upcoming professional development workshops. 
Professional Development credits at ACRE educational workshops are provided through a partnership with Arkansas’s Council for Economic Education, Economics Arkansas.