I was lucky to attend the 1999 National Council on Economic Education
"Training of Writers" program in Prague, Czech Republic. This program
(sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education) was developed to train
writers to produce economic education lessons for the former communist
states in East Europe. I attended with 11 other Americans to work
with 12 educators from the former Soviet Union/Baltic States/Eastern Europe.
We spent a week learning the basics, writing lessons but mostly getting
to know each other. It was the experience of a lifetime.
|Drinking Pilsner beer and visiting in the hotel courtyard. L
to R: Tim, Steve,
and distinguished faculty Mary Suiter and Sarapage McCorkle.
|LtoR: Maria Lacatus (Rumania) , Daira Baranova (Latvia) and Dorina Chiritescu (Rumania).|
|Hard at work on economic education lessons. We all put in full
and editing lessons, working in groups of four. Team on left front is Joy Joyce
from Chicago, Merita, and Alin.
|My team (the most awesome team!!). Geanie Davis (Arkansas) Elena Nestertchouk (Belarus), Ginta Sabaite (Lithuania), and me. We would write lessons, critique each others work, and revise and edit.|
|The entire student body and faculty on the Charles Bridge. We had two days to tour the City of Prague, see the sights and shop. It is a wonderful, magical place.||Janiel Nelson (Idaho State center), me, and Alin Cercea (Romania). Picture was taken at Prague Castle. It was great to get to know Alin, he has a wonderful sense of humor and kept us all laughing and having fun.|
|I brought SUU T-shirts and hats for the participants. There are
T-Bird fans in Latvia, Rumania, Belarus and Lithuania.
|Four excellent examples of U.S. manhood. Tim Davish (Ohio), Steve Reff (Arizona), John Brock (Colorado), and me. Near Prague Castle.|
|John Brock, Joy Joyce, me and Deborah Cristopher (Indiana) at
Pruhonicky Park. This beautiful park was about a 10 minute walk from
|Our last night in Prague. We had a delicious dinner of traditional Czech food and said our goodbyes. Ginta, Sergei Kavalchuk (Minsk, Belarus), Tim and Geanie.|