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Entrepreneurship & Economics: Putting Ideas into Action (Roanoke)

Inspire an entrepreneurial and economic way of thinking in students that promotes creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking and innovation. This institute provides a variety of curriculum options each of which will help your students be more productive employees or inspire them to become their own boss.

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Jul 09, 2018 - Jul 12, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Registration Deadline: June 9, 2018
Roanoke Higher Education Center (Room 715)
108 N Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24016
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Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Potential Recertification Credits: 30 includes two hours outside of class

To achieve economic empowerment, students need knowledge and skills that promote creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, and innovation in order to become productive entrepreneurs and employees in our ever-changing global economy.  Rooted in performance-based learning and assessment, the lessons demonstrated at this 4-day Institute reinforce 21st century skills while covering most of the economics learning standards in Civics & Economics and Economics & Personal Finance as well as many of the Career Investigation competencies and some personal finance learning standards.  This real-world, entrepreneurship lens for economics instruction also offers a broader context for current events and multidisciplinary instruction in Math, English, and science.

Flexible by design, teachers who complete this Institute will have a variety of curriculum options, as each lesson can stand alone or as a complete unit of study.  And while not all students will choose an entrepreneurship career path, all will benefit from understanding the basic economics and entrepreneurship concepts constantly at play in the world.  Teachers may decide to integrate examples into existing curricula to deliver more engaging, student-relevant instruction.  Or, teachers might choose to assist students in starting individual or group businesses or community service learning projects. 

To capitalize on experiential learning, teachers will write their own business plan drafts.  Logistical and community support for local or regional “Shark Tank” Pitch Nights will also be discussed.  Teachers will receive student-centered instructional resources, including a Virtual Economics 4.5 flash drive ($160 value) that contains over 1,400 K-12 activity-based lessons in economics, entrepreneurship, and personal finance.  

Teachers who successfully complete the entire Institute and pass a test will earn the credentials of a VCEE Certified Economics Educator: Entrepreneurship.  

Lunch and refreshments included. 

Fee: NO CHARGE, however $40.00 refundable fee required

Registration is not complete until a check payable to VCEE for a $40.00 refundable deposit is received. The deposit will be returned uncashed after you complete the workshop. Mail the check to:

Please mail $40 refundable check (payable to "VCEE") to:

Virginia Tech
Center for Economic Education
ATTN: Stephanie Hedrick
218 Hutcheson Hall (AAEC Dept – 0401)
250 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg VA 24061

Instructor: Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Co-Director
Contact Person:
Cheryl A. Ayers, Ph.D., Co-Director
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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