July 19 – 22, 2021

Instructor: Martha Rush

Headshot of instructor Martha RushMartha Rush is a nationally recognized high school economics and social studies teacher and active teaching advocate. She teaches at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills, Minnesota, and she is the author of Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers (Stenhouse, 2018), and First 50 Days: A Handbook for Young Founders (Quarter Zero, 2020).

Martha has taught AP Macroeconomics for 15 years and AP Microeconomics for 10 years, and she has been an AP reader in both subjects, starting with Macro in 2007. She currently serves on Test Development for the AP Microeconomics Exam, and she has served on the AP Microeconomics Curriculum Design and Assessment Committee and the AP Microeconomics Instructional Design Committee. She has written curriculum for the Council on Economic Education, the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, the Georgia Council on Economic Education, and the Economic Center of Cincinnati, as well as the publishers of the three major AP Econ textbooks. She is the lead consultant for AP Microeconomics and the lead AP Daily instructor for Microeconomics, and she runs AP Summer Institutes in both Micro and Macro. Martha has led multiple student teams to championships and finalist positions at the National Economics Challenge, the JA Student Leadership Conference, and the Personal Finance Challenge.

Martha holds a Master’s in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania School of Education, a Masters in History from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Course Description

This workshop will focus on the major principles taught in introductory college-level Macroeconomics courses, as well as best practices for teaching an AP Economics course and strategies for preparing students for the AP test. Introductory macroeconomics includes economic measurement, fluctuations of business cycles, macroeconomic models and the role of stabilization policies, both fiscal and monetary.  In our week together, you will participate in simulations and other learning activities, designed to make teaching AP Econ fun and engaging, and you’ll also have the opportunity to practice and analyze using released AP materials, including free-response questions. You will receive a drive with links to resources for teaching all of the course content, as well as recommendations for video and other online resources.

Course Agenda Overview


  • Video overview – Intro to LMS and schedule
  • Flipgrid intros
  • Orientation to AP Online Resources
  • CED Scavenger Hunt
  • Comparison of resources


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4
FTF 1 – 90 mins FTF 4 – 90 mins FTF 7 – 90 mins FTF 10 – 90 mins
Practice – 30 mins Practice – 30 mins Practice – 30 mins Practice – 30 mins
FTF 2 – 90 mins FTF 5 – 90 mins FTF 8 – 90 mins FTF 11 – 90 mins
Practice – 30 mins Practice – 30 mins Practice – 30 mins Practice – 30 mins
FTF 3 – 90 mins FTF 6 – 90 mins FTF 9 – 90 mins FTF 12 – 90 mins
Homework (1 hour) Homework (1 hour) Homework (1-2 hours) Debrief – 30 mins