Workshop Description

Online Entrepreneurship Institute for Middle & High School Teachers

Prepare students for the new Innovation & Gig Economy!

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Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education

Feb 19, 2024 - May 17, 2024
12:00 am
Grade Level: High School, Middle School, Post-high School
Potential Recertification Credits: 55

Using experiential learning and a field-tested curriculum, Institute participants simultaneously learn basic entrepreneurship content and instructional best-practices by reviewing 400+ classroom-ready resources (news articles, videos, podcasts, infographics, textbooks, lessons, curricula, PPT slides, test banks, etc.) and completing assignments that they can turnaround and use with their students with little to no further preparation. Easily customizable, the Institute content is extremely flexible and accessible to middle and high school students using inquiry, performance, and project-based learning objectives. Online modules are self-paced and live Zoom classes feature introductions to supportive community partners, grassroots entrepreneurs who share “lessons learned,” and breakout groups for national networking, collaboration, resource sharing, and lesson planning. Practical module assignments result in a collection of co-created lessons (Part A) and a business plan first draft (Part B) to inspire creative strategies for high quality education and self/employment outcomes. Entrepreneurship Educator Certification, Curriculum, Certificate of Completion, and Digital Badge included.  Optional 3-hours of undergraduate or graduate credit available.

The Online Entrepreneurship Institute for Middle & High School Teachers is aligned with the U.S. Entrepreneurship Certification Examination, equipping teachers with the content knowledge, instructional strategies, curriculum, and resources needed to prepare high school students to pass the exam. Details and the free exam manual at

February 19 – May 17, 2024
BREAK March 25 – April 5

PART A: Entrepreneurial Mindset
February 19 – March 22, 2024
5 Weeks – 25 Hours
5 Zoom Classes – Thurs, 7-9pm ET*
Feb 22, 29, Mar 7, 14, 21

TOPICS:  Types of Entrepreneurship, Workplace Intrapreneurship, Entrepreneurial Mindset, Entrepreneur Self-Assessment, Problem-Solving & Research, Entrepreneurial Pathways, Business Opportunity Recognition, Innovation & Design Thinking, and Lean Canvas & Lean Startup

PART B: Business Plan
April 8 – May 17, 2024
6 Weeks – 30 Hours
6 Zoom Classes – Thurs, 7-9pm ET*
Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16

TOPICS:  Business Plan, Competitive Analysis, Marketing & Branding, Operations & Resources, Management & Networking, Start-up Costs & Funding Sources, Accounting & Financial Statements, Business Structures & Taxes, Risk Mitigation, and Elevator Pitch

*Class recordings also available.


Additional Information:

Institute details and syllabus will be emailed to registered participants one week before Part A starts on February 19.

Instructor: Dr. Cheryl Ayers
Contact Person:
Dr. Cheryl Ayers
Center for Economic Education
Virginia Tech

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