Past Workshops

2012-2014 Workshops

Personal Finance Institute (5-day)

July 7-11, 2014

This institute is designed for teachers who want to deepen their knowledge of personal finance topics. It will be particularly helpful for those teaching economics and personal finance. Detailed content instruction and methodology will be covered for most of the personal finance topics included in the new Economics & Personal Finance SOLs and competencies including banking, credit, consumer rights and responsibilities, insurance, taxes, and financial planning. Content instruction will be delivered by experts from the various fields. Participants will receive curricula for use in the classroom Teachers will also take the W!SE Financial Literacy test and have the opportunity to earn this Teacher Certification at no charge. Click on Workshop Description for registration deadline and other details.

Dragons Decide (grades K-3)

April 29, 2014

"Dilroy and Diana were Dragons. They lived in a nice little castle at the top of the hill. For many years they worked hard to buy things they needed. Even dragons have needs..." Dragons Decide, a combination story and coloring book, is a popular tool designed to reinforce some basic economic concepts, including scarcity, choice and decision-making, opportunity cost, saving, producers, goods and services, resources and specialization and interdependence. Each teacher will receive a set of coloring books courtesy of the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

Mathematics and Economics (grades 6-12)

April 24, 2014

From cell phones to Movie Prices to Powerball, this workshop combines math and economics in a way that is relevant to your students' everyday lives, putting an end to the age-old question, "Why do I need to learn this?" Teachers will become better equipped to empower students as effective savers, investors, consumers, producers, and informed citizens while reinforcing the mathematics and social studies SOL. Each lesson contains background information about economics and ways in which it relates to mathematics. This hands-on, interdisciplinary approach to classroom instruction is sure to enhance student interest, comprehension, and retention. Teachers will receive a Mathematics and Economics: Connections for Life resource book.

Economics & Children's Literature

March 24, 2014

This in-service designed for Lynchburg City Schools features childrens literature lessons that coordinate with Virginia Economic Standards of Learning. The in-service lessons are especially designed for use with young children in the primary grades. Lessons are planned so that teachers can present economic concepts found in popular primary storybooks in a hands-on, active-learning format. Each workshop attendee will receive a free copy of the Economics and Children's Literature curriculum book.

W!SE Financial Literacy

March 20, 2014

This in-service especially designed for Bedford County Economics and Personal Finance teachers will focus on financial literacy topics such as Money, Banks, Credit, Insurance, Investing, Financial Planning, and the roles of Financial Regulatory Agencies. This session will help prepare teachers to teach students how to apply economic reasoning and personal finance decision-making skills. Teachers will receive content information, lessons, materials, and student activities to promote active learning.

The Structure and Functions of the Federal Reserve (grades 6-12)

March 14, 2014

Wondering how to explain to your class the mixture of public and private elements that make up the Federal Reserve? This workshop offers unique tools to help you teach about the Federal Reserve System, including its evolution, components, responsibilities, and much more. Workshop participants will receive classroom ready resources and hear insights from two Lynchburg College Professors of Economics.

The Economics of Kizzy Ann Stamps (grades 4-8)

March 4, 2014

It is fun to learn about economic concepts such as decision-making, cost-benefit analysis, and economic systems when using popular children's books. Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Watts, a Lynchburg College professor, is just the "hook" needed to teach the students about economic concepts. The book has a local connection with the setting being Central Virginia. This workshop includes handouts of standard correlated classroom-ready lessons and a free copy of Kizzy Ann Stamps to the first twenty who register. Author, Jerri Watts will give a synopsis of the book and read an excerpt of the intriguing story. Dr. Watts will also be available to sign copies of her book.

STEM + Economics (grades K-12)

February 20, 2014

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the understanding of Economics are vital for our future. STEM and Economics are everywhere and shape our everyday experiences. A hands-on learning approach is key to economic understanding as well as STEM instruction. This session will show the cross curricular connections between STEM and economics. Participants will receive classroom ready lessons and resources that illustrate these connections.

Economics, Geography, & Childrens Literature (for grades K-5)

February 11, 2014

This in-service is especially designed for Campbell County Elementary teachers. Economics, geography, and childrens literature are combined in this dynamic unit of 36 activities which address the economic concepts in grades K-6. Students book a trip around the world as hands-on activities help them understand that people all over the world are buyers and sellers; that resources are combined to produce goods and services; and, that people have been trading to get the things they want for centuries. Students track their journey in a special student passport. Unit includes a thorough overview of economics for teachers.

Daring to Dream: Using New Picture Books to Teach Elementary Economics (grades K-5)

February 3, 2014

This workshop features new picture books such as "Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington," and "Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad." Abe Lincoln's Dream will also be referenced. Workshop will focus on economic SOL correlated lesson plans based on concepts of productive resources, saving, scarcity, and choices. The session includes a topical bibliography and a children's literature book for each participant.

The Stock Market Game

January 29, 2014

For teachers of grades 4-12. Learn how to make playing the Stock Market Game a valuable educational tool for both teachers and students! It's a fun, hands-on experience that increases academic motivation through a challenging classroom competition. Students' participation instills an understanding of the fundamentals of saving and investing and helps teach many basic academic skills such as math and research in exciting ways. Participants will learn how the stock market works and its role in the economy.

Independent studies have shown that student involvement with the Stock Market Game is particularly good in raising math test scores for upper elementary and middle school students. It is also particularly well-suited for students learning many of the SOL in the high school economics and personal finance course. No prior knowledge of the stock market is necessary.

The Stock Market Game (Discovery After School Program)

January 27, 2014

This training session is designed for the Altavista Area YMCA Discovery after school program. Learn how to make playing the Stock Market Game a valuable educational tool for both teachers and students! It's a fun, hands-on experience that increases academic motivation through a challenging classroom competition. Students' participation instills an understanding of the fundamentals of saving and investing and helps teach many basic academic skills such as math and research in exciting ways. Participants will learn how the stock market works and its role in the economy.

Independent studies have shown that student involvement with the Stock Market Game is particularly good in raising math test scores for upper elementary and middle school students. It is also particularly well-suited for students learning many of the SOL in the high school economics and personal finance course. No prior knowledge of the stock market is necessary.

High School Personal Finance

January 16, 2014

This in-service especially designed for Campbell County Economics and Personal Finance teachers will focus on financial literacy topics such as Money, Banks, Credit, Insurance, Investing, Financial Planning, and the roles of Financial Regulatory Agencies. This session will help prepare teachers to teach students how to apply economic reasoning and personal finance decision-making skills. Teachers will receive content information, lessons, materials, and student activities to promote active learning.

Middle School Economics

November 21, 2013

For teachers of grades 6-8. An interactive, hands-on workshop designed to help middle school teachers gain a greater understanding of the most important concepts in economics. Each participant will receive a curriculum book that contains a collection of some of the best activity-based economics lessons for the middle school classroom. Lessons also make connections with mathematics, geography, and globalization.

Focus on K-5 Economics

November 7, 2013

For grades K-5. Need fun, active, and exciting lesson plans to help you teach the Economics SOLs in your elementary classroom? Looking for some new methods to help your students do well on their SOL tests? Then this is your workshop!

A hands-on learning approach is key to economic understanding. Just add some crayons, drawing paper, markers and fun cut-outs to your classroom mix and get your students learning basic economic principles like scarcity, opportunity cost, and capital, right from the start. Your students will also learn essential skills like: group work, decision making, and basic economic reasoning. Participants will receive a grade appropriate curriculum book as well as online resources.

Focus on K-5 Economics

October 29, 2013

For grades K-5. Need fun, active, and exciting lesson plans to help you teach the Economics SOLs in your elementary classroom? Looking for some new methods to help your students do well on their SOL tests? Then this is your workshop!

A hands-on learning approach is key to economic understanding. Just add some crayons, drawing paper, markers and fun cut-outs to your classroom mix and get your students learning basic economic principles like scarcity, opportunity cost, and capital, right from the start. Your students will also learn essential skills like: group work, decision making, and basic economic reasoning. Participants will receive a grade appropriate curriculum book as well as online resources.

Financial Fitness for Life

October 11, 2013

For teachers of grades 6-8. Come explore the benefits of using the newly revised edition of Financial Fitness for Life. The curriculum prepares you to teach students to make informed decisions when it comes to earning an income, savings and spending, using credit, and budgeting. The workshop provides you with an overview of the background information, preparation, materials, student activities and assessments to promote active learning.

In this workshop you will learn how to apply economic reasoning and personal finance decision-making skills to the real world of earning, saving, investing, and spending money. Each workshop participant will receive a copy of the new Financial Fitness for Life USB. The comprehensive USB includes complete lessons and activities that may be used in your classroom to meet your grade specific SOLs.

Introduction to the Stock Market Game Program

September 17, 2013

For grades 4-12 teachers. The Stock Market Game is a true-to-live simulation for buying/selling stocks and learning about the U.S. economy. It is correlated to the Virginia SOLs and CTE competencies. The workshop begins by learning (or reviewing) basic investment terms and strategies for personal and classroom use. The terms and strategies are then turned into ready-to-use classroom lessons, equipping teachers with everything they need to implement the program in the classroom.

Mini-Economy Program

September 16, 23, & 30, 2013

For grades 2-5 teachers. The Mini-Economy program is an experienced based program used to teach concepts of entrepreneurship, economics, and government in a classroom setting. Your students will master essential economic principles while obtaining cross-curricular exposure to math, reading and writing.

Teachers will receive dinner, textbook, and an invitation for your students to participate in the 2014 Market Day culminating event.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

August 29, 2013

It is fun to learn about economic concepts such as productive resources, goods and services and economic decision-making when using popular children's books. With the sequel to Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs soon be released in the theaters, it is just the "hook" needed to introduce the students to economic concepts. This workshop includes handouts of standard correlated classroom-ready lessons and free childrens literature books to the first twenty who register.

Economics Institute (6-day)

July 25, 26, 29, 30, August 1, 2, 2013

Teaching or planning to teach the new Economics and Personal Finance course? Then this institute may be for you! This program focuses on the economics content in the new economics SOLs and will provide some resources for teaching it to your students.

Participants will learn how the "economic way of thinking" turns basic economics concepts into "life skills" that enable them to make more meaningful and productive day to day decisions. A detailed analysis of how market economies work and the personal and societal implications of economic indicators - inflation, unemployment, and economic growth, etc. - will also contribute to more informed decision-making as consumers, producers, savers, investors, employees, and citizens. A broader analysis of economies as a whole will conclude the program, allowing participants to make better sense of world situations.

Economic Resources for Grades K-12

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

An interactive, hands-on workshop that helps participants gain a greater understanding of the most important concepts in economics and personal finance. Each participant will receive two books, each containing six lesson plans for students from elementary to high school. Lessons range from problems with barter and the benefits of money, productivity in making origami cups, making clothes from grain, causes of economic growth, gross domestic pizza, writing and record keeping using Babylonian texts, federal budgets, public goods and services, and the free rider problem.

Using Dragons Decide: A Free Enterprise Coloring book to Teach Economic Concepts

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

"Dilroy and Diana were Dragons. They lived in a nice little castle at the top of the hill. For many years they worked hard to buy things they needed. Even dragons have needs..." Dragons Decide, a combination story and coloring book, is a popular tool designed to reinforce some basic economic concepts, including scarcity, choice and decision-making, opportunity cost, saving, producers, goods and services, resources and specialization and interdependence. Each teacher will receive a set of coloring books courtesy of the Virginia Housing Development Authority.

Risky Business: What Every Teenager Needs to Know about Living Smart and Financing Their Future

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Are today's teenagers well-equipped to confidently face life's challenges as they move into adulthood? In order for our young people to become productive and successful members of an increasingly global economy, they need the skills to make sound decisions and plan wisely for their futures. This workshop will help you show your students how sound decision-making can empower people and provide greater opportunities for success, fortune, freedom, and overall well-being. Each workshop participant will receive curriculum valued at over $150.

Mathematics and Economics: Connections for Life (Grades 3-8)

Monday, February 25, 2013

This workshop, based on the teacher resource books of the same title, focuses on the use of mathematic concepts to each economics and personal finance skills. Featured are interesting, hands-on, and dynamic mathematic lessons for grades 3-8. Lessons will help students see the relevance of mathematics and economics to everyday life. Activities will tap into their natural creativity as they explore the basic economics concepts that will prepare them to be better citizens, consumers, and workers. Each participant will receive the featured appropriate grade level curriculum book.

Economic iPad/iPod Apps and Uses

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Does your school use i-Pads or iPods? Are you wondering how to adapt your instruction to take full advantage of these electronic resources? This workshop will help set your students up for success. I-Pads/iPods can be used at each level of Blooms Taxonomy. Multiple economic SOL related applications will be shared. Bring your i-Pad and be ready for a fun yet informative experience.

The Stock Market Game:  Empowering Students to Invest in a Secure Financial Future (Grades 4-12)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

In addition to being a true-to-life playing field for buying/selling stocks and teaching about the U.S. economy, the Stock Market GameTM (SMG) is correlated to the SOL in math, business/marketing, language arts, social studies, and technology. Teachers DO NOT need any knowledge of the stock market to attend this workshop or play the game! Teachers begin the workshop by learning (or reviewing) basic investment terms and strategies for personal and classroom use. After observing the SMG website navigation, teachers practice navigating the website on their own using a self-guided tour. Game participants gain access to a wealth of online curriculum materials designed to make playing the game almost effortless. 

Seas, Trees, and Economics (Grades 3-7)

Monday, December 10, 2012

The lessons in Seas, Trees, and Economies describe how the environment and the economy jointly provide us with goods and services. This session will equip teachers with tools that students need to recognize fundamental trade-offs, to explain how and why choices are made, and to explain how people can make better choices regarding the use of natural resources and the disposal of wastes that production and consumption unavoidably create. Each lesson teaches fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity, resources, goods and services, opportunity cost, trade-offs, value, price, and incentives. Most lessons employ simulations and other hands-on activities engaging students in the learning process and providing experiences to help them discover why things happen as they do. It is hoped that these lessons will not only develop a greater appreciation of the role of the natural environment in providing satisfaction for people, but also a deeper understanding of how the economy works to ensure that result.

Learning, Earning, and Investing

November 29, 2012

Learning, Earning and Investing introduces students to the world of investing, its benefits and risks, and the critical role it plays in fostering capital formation and job creation in our free market system. Learning, Earning and Investing is a comprehensive investor education program focusing on the benefits of and strategies for investing for the long term. Lessons covered in this session cover basics such as the language of financial markets, reading the financial pages and financial institutions in the U.S. economy. The 16 lessons in the middle school volume and the 23 lessons in the high school volume provide students with the active-learning experiences.

Each participant will receive a copy of grade appropriate Learning, Earning, and Investing.  Electronic resources are available for each lesson.  Lessons are a great supplement to the Stock Market Game Program.

Money, Math, & Make Believe:  Teaching Economics & math Using Storybooks (Grades K-5)

October 23, 2012

Teach Math and Money-Smarts with Kids Stories! Join us for a 2-hour event to help you to teach math, economics and personal finance topics to elementary-age students. This session will focus on using children's stories to teach math and "money-smart" economic concepts. 

Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Ethics (Grades 6-12)

October 11, 2012

The nation's economy will increasingly rely on entrepreneurs to stimulate economic growth. The skill set needed to succeed in the 21st century workforce-one that values opportunity, creativity and agility-is quite different from the skill set needed during the last century. The key to success is an economic way of thinking.

This session will also take into consideration an ethical dimension to economics in the tradition of Adam Smith, who believed ethical considerations were central to life. The workshop utilizes innovative instructional materials that illustrate the important role ethics and character play in a market economy and how, in turn, markets influence ethical behavior.

This workshop will help you get students involved through simulations, group decision making, problem solving, classroom demonstrations and role playing. The lessons encourage students to think critically about entrepreneurship and ethical dilemmas.

The Stock Market Game:  Empowering Students to Invest in a Secure Financial Future (Grades 4-12)

September 20, 2012

In addition to being a true-to-life playing field for buying/selling stocks and teaching about the U.S. economy, the Stock Market GameTM (SMG) is correlated to the SOL in math, business/marketing, language arts, social studies, and technology. Teachers DO NOT need any knowledge of the stock market to attend this workshop or play the game! Teachers begin the workshop by learning (or reviewing) basic investment terms and strategies for personal and classroom use. After observing the SMG website navigation, teachers practice navigating the website on their own using a self-guided tour. Game participants gain access to a wealth of online curriculum materials designed to make playing the game almost effortless.