In a highly polarized time in US history, developing evidence-based opinions and cultivating civility toward opposing viewpoints are critical to our democracy.
Students need the opportunity to engage with information that has not been entirely “pre-processed” by the instructor. This use of primary sources prepares students to use economic thinking in the real world. In this session, we provide a list of economics lesson plans that include primary sources, and tips for how to use primary sources in the classroom.
Reading Makes Cents is a K-5 financial literacy program sponsored by Virginia 529 and the Virginia Council on Economic Education that provides library-bound books and student recognition for elementary school libraries at no financial cost. Attendees will be introduced to the three 2022-2023 titles: “Hurricane”, “Sloth and Squirrel in a Pickle” and “Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller.” They will also learn how to participate in the program and receive access to related lesson plans and activities.
How might a child feel without a home? This Quick Hit virtual workshop utilizes children’s literature through an economic lens to build understanding and empathy towards the current event of homelessness. Each chapter book introduced during this workshop will illustrate the life of a child living through homelessness and personal finance choices their families must make. Whether it be living in a shelter or a car, these characters demonstrate the struggle of a homeless life.
Deepen your economic and financial content knowledge and learn engaging ways to teach it to K-5 students.
Preview what it takes to bring The Stock Market Game™ to your 4th-12th grade class! This quick-hit workshop will help you make the most out of the experience – learning how to play the game as well as how to integrate this teaching tool into your existing classroom curriculum.
Discover our New Teacher Econ Explorer Boxes. These ready to go economic resources have all activities and materials provided that will help you implement economics into your classroom. The Econ Explorer Boxes can be tailored to your request and delivered right to your classroom door! This in-person, hands-on workshop will demonstrate how to utilize the Econ Explorer Boxes in your classroom.
Explore the work of innovation, specialization, and trade through the characters in Kathleen D. Lindsey’s book – Sweet Potato Pie.
The Virginia Jump$tart Coalition attracts and brings together financial literacy practitioners to cultivate informative relationships and build a foundation of personal finance literacy for K-12 students in Virginia.
Join the Foundation for Economic Education and James Madison University’s Center for Economic Education for an evening of learning economics and celebrating educators! The event will provide insight into how “The Butcher, the Brewer, and the Baker” create collective good. Dinner and drinks will be provided at the locally-owned Brothers Craft Brewing where teachers will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, and interactive lesson on entrepreneurship, and a Q&A with one of the owners of Brothers Craft Brewing! This workshop is open to elementary, middle, and secondary teachers!
Get resources for your K-12 classroom from the Virginia Council on Economic Education.