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AP® Economics

Workshop Description

Participants of the summer institute explore the AP Economics curriculum, including both Microeconomics and Macroeconomics. This workshop will focus on identifying the content of both AP Economics exams as well as approaches to teaching the course content and preparing students for the exams. The workshop is appropriate for both new and experienced teachers.


A discussion of recent or potential changes to the exams and a mock exam grading will be included. We will review the 2017 AP Economics Exams using the grading standards applied at the 2017 AP Economics Readings. Opportunities for participant sharing of best-practices concerning content, pedagogy and use of technology will be included. Discussion will include equity, access and preparation needed for students and teachers in the AP Economics courses.


Learning Outcomes

Participants will:


  • Determine the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics course curriculum requirements

  • Review difficult content areas and identify strategies to help students master them

  • Identify resources and classroom activities for teaching AP Economics

  • Discuss alternative strategies for AP Economics exam preparation

  • Examine released Free-Response and Multiple-choice Questions

  • Delve into the rubrics for the AP exam scoring guidelines

  • Determine methods for student recruitment and retention

What Participants Should Bring

  • Flash drive

  • Laptop or tablet if possible

  • Pencil & paper

  • Best-practice to share

Consultant Bio

Dr. Margaret Ray is a Professor and Chair of Economics at the University of Mary Washington, and the Director of the UMW Center for Economic Education. She was previously an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. In addition, she is certified to teach K-12 Social Studies and has a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction. She lives on a horse farm in Fredericksburg Virginia with her two daughters.


Margaret has been involved with AP economics for over 20 years, in a variety of capacities including;


  • AP Economics textbook author

  • Microeconomics Test Development Committee member

  • AP Economics Exam reader, table leader, and question leader

  • College Board endorsed AP Economics consultant

  • Author of the Council for Economic Education’s Advanced Placement Economics Teacher’s Manual and Student Activities Guide for Macroeconomics

  • High School AP Economics Instructor

  • AP economics test item writer

  • AP economics curriculum author

  • AP course audit Senior Auditor

  • AP National Conference Steering Committee member and presenter

For over 15 years, Dr. Ray has conducted professional development workshops for AP Economics teachers across the United States (and in several other countries). She emphasizes an active learning approach in both her AP courses and her teacher workshops and tailors each workshop agenda based on the background and needs of participants.


Registration for this course is now closed. Please use the form below to receive notification when new course dates are available. We hope to see you next year!


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