This course is designed as an institute for current high school teachers of AP Economics, regardless of experience level: new to AP or an experienced teacher. The course will include an overview of content, course organization, selection and use of materials, test development, and a strong emphasis on methodology and teaching strategies. It will not be a week focused solely on content; time is not available to target one area versus another. In short, this is an institute, NOT a course on either Macro or Micro. Participants will focus on ways to connect content to assessments and examples of methodology in each discipline. Participants will develop lessons and materials with content specific to the AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics courses. Participants are encouraged to bring class outlines, textbooks, course syllabi, and sample lessons to share and modify. Participants will be expected to collaborate and help each other learn, listen, share and succeed. In addition, participants will discuss the agenda and expectations of the College Board—topics from equity to expectations for the teacher and students taking this course. Look forward to working with you over our time together in this institute and come ready to learn contribute to the group.


Expectation / Learning Outcomes

  1. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the scope and sequence of both courses.
  2. Participants will learn how to vary instruction to include a variety of best practices in exploring content, methodology and assessments in both courses.
  3. Participants will become more aware of a wider variety of materials, in both print and non-print formats, to use in planning, delivering and assessing lessons for their students.

Required reading/ preparation prior to the workshop: Read and become familiar with the AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics course descriptions on AP central website


Work to be done between Day 1 and Day 4 on site: Using information and materials from the first day of the workshop, identify and be able to show in class on day 4 an area in their current assignment that benefits from day 1 work as well as an area to focus on improving during day 4 in class.


During the workshop, these procedures will be used to engage and measure student/ teacher learning outcomes:

  1. Attendees will be engaged in group, paired or individual activities to learn and explore material.
  2. Attendees will use both multiple choice and free response exam items to see how these work and can be effective teaching moments in class.
  3. Attendees will use both print and non- print materials to be engaged with and exposed to content.
  4. Attendees will reflect on ways this workshop will modify and change their design and teaching of future classes in this course.




Tuesday - Wednesday


  1. Welcome
  2. E-C-O-N-O-M-I-C-S opening activity
  3. Sample AP FRQ to grade
  4. Sample AP Multiple Choice questions set to grade
  5. Discussion
  6. Activities on AP course and testing strategies
  7. AP microeconomics topics to be covered including:
    Production possibility curves
    Absolute and Comparative advantage
  8. Supply and Demand activities
  9. Marginal Analysis
  10. Sample FRQ- Example 2
  11. Sample MC questions in Example set 2
  12. Economics Literacy Project and learning to read the textbook as well as outside the text more effectively
  13. Show websites on AP microeconomic topic
  14. AP central and how to use it effectively for planning and teaching

Thursday - Friday


  1. AP Macroeconomics course outline
  2. Planning your semester or year if you teach both or only one of the two AP classes
  3. Sample MC questions for AP macroeconomics- set 1
  4. Sample FRQ for AP macroeconomics- example 1
  5. Measuring Economic performance
  6. AD / AS models and activities
  7. Monetary and Fiscal policies and activities
  8. Sample FRQ- 2
  9. Sample MC questions – set 2
  10. International trade and global economics
  11. Test strategies
  12. Simulations, websites and activities to model and use in classes
  13. AP central and how to use it effectively for planning and teaching
  14. Summation of days 1-3


Instructor: Bruce Damasio

Bruce L. Damasio, currently at Towson University in the College of Education, has been a reader and one of the original readers for the AP Economics exams, from 1989 to 2009. He is on the staff of the Maryland Council for Economics Education as the staff member responsible for teacher training and AP coordination for Maryland. He is the past president of GATE (Global Association of Teachers of Economics), associated with the Council for Economic Education, serving as president from 2005 to 2009 and also served as a consultant for AP publications from CEE during that time. He was a two time board member, from 2002 to 2010 for the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) based in Washington DC. In 2002, he was the National Teacher of the Year in the United States for Social Studies. He has conducted numerous one day workshops for College Board across the United States as well as summer week-long APSI trainings at sites across America, including: New Mexico State, Goucher College, University of San Diego, LaSalle University, Fordham University, Lewes, Delaware and numerous state and local school systems. He has been to China four previous times for AP trainings as well as trips to Taiwan, South Korea , Pakistan and the UAE for College Board workshops. Bruce also taught 6 years of middle school and 27 years of high school social studies and economics in Maryland. In 2015, he was a fellow attending the Imperial War Museum/ American Air Museum in Britain summer institute at London, Cambridge and RAF Duxford. He conducted and presented research on the 8th Air Force and attended briefings and visited sites. Presently, he is a TOP trainer for the Goethe Institut based in Washington DC and works with teachers and travel to Germany for study and education tours.

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Institute Faculty

The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.

Daily Schedule

Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.

Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.

Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.

Course Questions?

Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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