News & Announcements

Mini-Economy Makes a Big Impact

This year’s VCEE/VCU Mini-Economy Market Day proved one of the most bustling hubs for young entrepreneurs in recent memory! 3rd through 5th graders in Central Virginia have been hard at work back in the classroom, learning and practicing key economic and business concepts: forming a government, creating a currency, ‘paying’ taxes, generating business ideas, formulating marketing plans and producing inventory. Market Day is the culminating event. Students react to market conditions…are prices too high or too low? did we produce enough inventory? buy! sell!  Thanks to sponsors Union Bank & Trust and Publix for their generous support.
Read more about 2018 VCEE/VCU Mini-Economy Market Day in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.


‘Entrepreneurship & Economics’ is new among 2018 Institutes

2018 VCEE Institutes in Economics and Personal Finance have been announced! Click here for the full schedule. New this year is Entrepreneurship & Economics: Putting Ideas Into Action, promoting student creativity, problem-solving,critical thinking and innovation. This 4-day Institute is flexible by design and available for Middle and High School teachers.

A range of professional development includes online options to provide a meaningful presentation of content and convenient scheduling for teachers. This year, a K-5 Online Institute will be offered in March/April and a High School Economics Online Institute will be offered in June through August.

Thanks to sponsors of the Fund for Teaching Excellence who make VCEE Institutes possible at no charge to teachers or school divisions.


VCEE founder J. Curtis Hall passes away

J. Curtis Hall, VCEE founder and first-ever dean of VCU’s School of Business, has passed away at age 91. During his legendary 26-year tenure at the Business School, enrollment grew from 400 to 4,500 students. As visionary founder of VCEE, Hall saw the importance of providing economic education to students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, establishing foundational knowledge in key financial concepts that would serve young people no matter what educational path or vocation they chose.

“Dr. Hall wanted people to know how to be careful consumers, wise savers, savvy investors, productive workers and successful business people,” said Suzanne Gallagher, former Director of the VCU Center for Economic Education.  For more on Hall’s life and enduring legacy, click here.


Governor’s Challenge winners in National Finals

Thomas Jefferson School for Science & Technology, 1st place winners in the Adams Smith Division of Virginia’s Governor’s Challenge, advanced to the National Semi-Finals and have qualified to compete in the 17th Annual Council for Economic Education’s National Economics Challenge being held May 20-22 in New York City. The finals will include written exams and a critical thinking round, culminating in a quiz bowl hosted by CNBC’s Senior Economics Reporter, Steve Liesman.  UPDATE: TJHSST places in the top four in the nation and advance to the national finals! Read the press release here.