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 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: , 434.544.8791.
Cybersecurity, Economics, and Personal Finance (for teachers of grades 3-12)
Thursday, March 14, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
University of Lynchburg – Schewel 232
How do you avoid identity theft? What kinds of information and photos are least risky to post on social media? How do students avoid running up a bill on their parents’ credit cards while they’re using an app? How do you recognize false information on the internet? These are a sample of the questions answered in this one-day teacher workshop as we explore basic concepts in economics and personal finance. In this workshop, teachers will experience lessons that they can use in their classrooms, while also teaching students essential skills in economics and personal finance. The session will also feature an expert in cybersecurity who will be available to answer participant questions. A light breakfast and a full lunch will be provided. Participants will receive teaching materials at no cost.
Play-Dough Economics (for teachers of grades 2-8)
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 pm
University of Lynchburg – Schewel 231
Teachers will learn how they can teach many economic concepts using modeling clay. Modeling clay can be used to illustrate economic concepts such as goods and services, production, scarcity, opportunity costs, trade, specialization, supply and demand, and more. Students will have a blast using these lessons in your classroom! Each workshop attendee will receive activity-oriented lessons spanning from elementary to middle school civics & economics. In addition to classroom ready lessons, the workshop will include snacks and door prizes.
K-3 Elementary Economics Institute (grades K-3)
Thursday – Friday, June 6-7, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
University of Lynchburg – Schewel 209 (Active Learning Classroom)
This Institute allows teachers to experience methods for teaching all of the K-3 elementary economics related Standards of Learning in a manner that is hands-on, effective, and fun. Designed to strengthen and deepen a teacher’s understanding of these concepts, it also provides a variety of resources ready for use in the classroom, including lessons, simulations, performance assessments and demonstrations linked to children’s literature, both classic and new. Participants completing the 12 instructional hours will be eligible for 12 hours of recertification credits and recognition as a VCEE Certified Economics Educator: K-3. Participants receive a number of resources for use in the classroom.
Morning refreshments and lunch provided. Fee: NO CHARGE, however $30.00 (made payable to VCEE) refundable fee required to hold your place. The deposit will be returned uncashed after you complete the workshop. Mail the check to: Center for Economic Education, University of Lynchburg, Schewel 347, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501-3113. Registration deadline is May 6, 2019.
Performance-Based Assessments Across K-12 Subjects: Essential Skills in Economics (Encore Session)
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
University of Lynchburg – Schewel 232
This professional development program is for K-12 teachers of all subjects! The hands-on program will begin with a review of performance-based assessments (PBAs) best-practices as recommended by the Virginia Department of Education. Examples of multidisciplinary PBAs correlated to specific Standards of Learning will be shared. While the “Essential Skills” in economics (aka, economic reasoning skills) are required in every K-12 social studies subject, these 21st century life-skills are applicable to all subjects and everyday life. Examples of the benefits of developing these skills include: sharpening critical thinking and critical literacy skills; entertaining multiple perspectives; better understanding current events; laying the groundwork for authentic discussions and civil debates; articulating opinions grounded in basic economic concepts and principles; casting informed votes; and, making students’ thinking explicit for assessment purposes. After the instructor models effective economic reasoning instructional practices, teachers will be grouped by grade levels and subject areas to practice using economic reasoning tools and rubrics. The day will conclude with teachers brainstorming other classroom-ready instructional activities for their students, which they may submit to the 2019 Economic Educator Awards program sponsored by the Virginia Council on Economic Education.
Online Economics Institute (grades 6-12)
June 10 – August 4, 2019
The course focuses on the economics content in the high school Economics and Personal Finance course and provides resources for teaching it to your students. Learn how the “economic way of thinking” turns basic economic concepts into life skills that enable students to make more informed decisions. Learning how market economies work and implications of economic indicators – inflation, unemployment and economic growth – also contributes to better decision-making as consumers, producers, savers, investors, employees and citizens. A broad analysis of economics as a whole engages participants to better understand world situations.
You receive a Virtual Economics 4.5 flashdrive with over 1400 lessons searchable by grade and concept (valued at $160) and other classroom resources. The class is designed to require 6 hours/week over 7 weeks, with weekly reading and other assignments to be completed in order to receive a certificate of completion and have your deposit check returned. Many assignments can be done ahead of schedule, but once a week posting on a discussion board or an experiment is required. Teachers who successfully complete this course will earn recognition as a VCEE Certified Economics Educator: High School.
A refundable deposit of $140 is required and must be received by June 1, 2019 to participate in the class. Checks will be returned uncashed to participants who complete the entire course or to any teacher who notifies VCEE of their desire to withdraw no later than July 1, 2019 and returns the curriculum material they have received.
Entrepreneurship & Economics Institute: Putting Ideas into Action (grades 6-12)
Monday – Thursday, July 8-11, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
University of Lynchburg – Schewel 214
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 (Monday-Thursday) 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. School level “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.
Morning refreshments and lunch included. Fee: NO CHARGE, however $75.00 (made payable to VCEE) refundable fee required to hold your registration. The deposit will be returned uncashed after you complete the workshop. Mail the check to: Center for Economic Education, University of Lynchburg, Schewel 347, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501-3113. Registration deadline is June 20, 2019.
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 “University of Lynchburg” 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.
- 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!
Click here for turn by turn directions to campus.
To Schewel Hall
- On Lakeside Drive (221N), pass University of Lynchburg’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).