Teacher Workshops

Rebecca Booth works with teachers during a workshop
Director Rebecca Booth, left, works with teachers at a Center for Economic Education workshop

We offer SOL-Compliant Economic Education workshops for K-12 teachers.

Teachers from Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, and Campbell counties, and Lynchburg City participate FREE thanks to the financial partnership support from each school division and grant money from the Virginia Tobacco Commission and Virginia Council on Economic Education.

Other teachers will be charged a $50 fee to cover a portion of the workshop expenses. (Discounts are available for multiple participants.) Private School Economic Education Association memberships are available.

Contact Rebecca Booth, director, for more details: booth.r@lynchburg.edu, 434.544.8791.

Upcoming Workshops

Fall 2014

Stock Market Game (grades 4-12)

Lynchburg College - Schewel 134
September 16, 2014
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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.
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Middle School Civics & Economics Pilot Program (4 days)

Campbell County Technical Center
September 22, October 21, November 18, and December 11, 2014

The study of economics goes hand in hand with the study of civics in developing students into responsible and knowledgeable citizens and voters. As civic discourse becomes increasingly politicized, students need a balanced understanding of the foundations of government and the limited but crucial role government plays in supporting our economic system. Moreover, economics at its heart is about decision making: making choices about the best use of our limited resources. Middle school students need to learn good decision-making skills. As they head into high school and post-secondary education, their decisions about saving and spending, and about staying in school to develop the skills and knowledge that will make them productive citizens, are critical. This 4-day session is designed to assist middle school CE teachers with all the economic content in Virginias Standards of Learning (SOL) as well as creative lessons and resources to use with students.

Modules include: Economics is About Making Choices; Why Do We Need an Economic System?; How Our Economy Flows; Markets and Prices; How Does Government Relate to the Economy?; What is Globalization and How Does It Affect Me?; Banks and the Federal Reserve System; and How the Economy Affects You Financially.

If your school division is interested in participating, please contact Rebecca Booth at booth.r@lynchburg.edu

Mini-Economy Boot Camp (grades 2-5)

Lynchburg College - Schewel 231
September 26-27, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Mini-Economy program is an experienced based program used to teach concepts of entrepreneurship, economics, and government in a classroom setting. The Mini-Economy program is an experienced based program used to teach concepts of entrepreneurship, economics, and government in a classroom setting. By immersing themselves in a classroom economy, your students will understand their role in the global marketplace giving them a crucial advantage as they move through the upper grades and ultimately enter the workforce. These activities tap into the boundless creativity of young students.

On top of invaluable teamwork and negotiation skills, your students will explore new territory when they apply for jobs, run businesses, pay taxes, and make investments. You'll have a time-tested template that makes setting up your classroom economy simple. Your students will master essential economics principles while getting cross-curricular exposure to math, reading and writing.
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Engaging Economics (grades 9-12)

Lynchburg College - Schewel 232
October 10, 2014 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

To help teachers better teach economics, this workshop features new engaging lessons which employ an active-learning approach that brings economic concepts to life for students. Contemporary references will highlight new challenges in a world that has changed significantly within the past 10 years. Macroeconomics and international economics will be discussed. Select lessons will feature interactive online activities that connect to and extend the lessons both in the classroom and as self-guided homework activities. The first 25 teachers who register and attend will receive a copy of the new and revised 3rd Edition of High School Economics.
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Choices You Will Make & Oh, the Place You Could Go (grades K-5)

Lynchburg College - Brewer Townhouse
October 30, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Our students will make thousands of choices throughout their lifetime. There are steps they can follow while in elementary school to improve their opportunities for future success. This workshop will integrate decision making, childrens literature, and active learning. As students learn about decision-making, they also learn about the need to take responsibility for their decisions. Focus will be placed on human capital. Human capital is one of the most powerful concepts in economics. Students make choices based on costs and benefits, and these choices will affect the rest of their lives. Investing in education, good work habits, and a healthy lifestyle will not only improve their future earnings but also result in a more satisfying life. Each participant will receive a Virtual Economics flash drive.
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Economics & Children's Literature (grades K-3)

Lynchburg College - Schewel 207
November 11, 2014 
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This workshop features children’s literature lessons that coordinate with Virginia Economic Standards of Learning. The 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 Childrens Literature curriculum book.
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Spring 2015

Stock Market Game (grades 4-12)

Lynchburg College - Schewel 134
January 20, 2015
4:30 - 7:30 p.m.

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.
Register for this pgoram

Registration Procedures

All teachers should register using the above links or by accessing the Virginia Council on Economic Education website (www.vcee.org), clicking "Teacher Workshops" and selecting "Lynchburg College" as the "Sponsoring Center for Economic Education." Next "Search," then "Register" (located in blue bar beneath workshop description). Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Extra Incentives

  • All workshops are SOL-compliant.
  • Each participant will take home a collection of ready-to-use lessons and/or curriculum unit.
  • Certificates of completion will be awarded for recertification points, as approved by each school division.
  • Food and drink will be served at every workshop!

Directions

Click here for turn by turn directions to campus.

To Schewel Hall

  • On Lakeside Drive (221N), pass Lynchburg College's main entrance on the right.
  • Take the first right at the first light.
  • Take the next right onto College Drive.
  • Take a right onto Vernon Street at the top of the hill.
  • Schewel Hall is the three-story brick building straight ahead (beside the Chapel and attached to library).

To Brewer Townhouse 1 - Large Meeting Room

  • Off Lakeside Drive (221N), enter through Lynchburg College's main entrance on the right.
  • Take the first right.
  • Continue past dorms toward Wake Field House.
  • Park in the large parking area before Wake Field.
  • Walk down the incline. Enter the building to the left of the Pavilion. Enter lowest level of building.