Preparing Students for Advanced Placement Economics
AP 548.200 Bruce Damasio
This 4-day course is for both new and experienced AP teachers in either AP macroeconomics
or AP microeconomics to become more familiar with the content, assessments and methodologies
associated with these classes and programs offered by College Board. Participants
will work individually as well as in pairs and teams to do activities and assessments
in both courses. Additionally, attendees will use actual AP exams to grade and learn
the reading process in scoring these tests. Time will be allotted for discussion and
preparing for the AP course audit. In addition, participants will discuss the agenda
and expectations of the College Board—topics from equity to expectations for the teacher
Bruce L. Damasio, currently at Harford and Howard Community Colleges, 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 at the secondary level 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 served as a consultant for AP publications from CEE during that time. He was a board member twice, 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, New Mexico Highlands University, Goucher College, University of San Diego, LaSalle University, Fordham University, APSI @Lewes, Delaware and numerous state and local school systems.
He has been to China six 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 Institute based in Washington DC and works with teachers and travel to Germany for study and education tours.