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Continuing Education

The Cost of Stuff: The Human Price of Cheap Products

Date: 5:00pm - 8:00pm PDT March 18, 2014 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus, South Chapel

What is the real cost of your stuff? In our consumer-driven society, bargain price tags on everyday items often mask the enormous human costs behind the products we buy. 

Participants in this workshop will examine the human stories behind common consumer goods such as tobacco, chocolate, iPods, and clothing, and communicate their findings in writing. 

Middle and high school teachers will come away with guidelines for replicating this exercise in a language arts or social studies classroom.  

While designed for educators, this workshop is also open to anyone in the general public interested in exploring the true cost of consumer goods.

Part of our 2013-2014 Workshop Series

Workshop Details & Registration

Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Instructor: Elizabeth Thiel, M.Ed., Shawn Swanson, M.A.

Cost: $30, includes 3 CEUs or PDUs.

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Credit option: This workshop is part of the Spring 2014 Oregon Writing Project Series. Each workshop can be taken individually or in sequence, with the option to purchase 1 semester hour of continuing education credit for an additional $200 after completing all 5 in the series. Registration for credit will occur at the last workshop in this series. See grey “Related Content” box for links to the other workshops in this series.

About the Instructors

Elizabeth Thiel, M.Ed., has been teaching Language Arts and Social Studies in Portland Public schools for the past ten years. Her work with adolescents has taken her into middle school, K-8, and high school settings.  She currently teaches Freshman English at Madison High School in Northeast Portland.

Shawn Swanson, M.A., grew up in the Twin Cities in Minnesota and attended undergraduate at the University of MInnesota.  In 2006, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he taught high school English for five years. He currently lives in North Portland with his wife and daughter and teaches Humanities at Roosevelt High School.  

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