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.
The Stock Market Game™: Proven Experience-Based Learning (grades 4-12)
Thursday, January 24, 2019
University of Lynchburg – Schewel 110
Learn to use the Stock Market Game™ as a valuable educational tool for both teachers and students! Students manage a virtual investment portfolio and compete with teams across the state. Students learn saving and investing, sharpen math and research skills, and experience market forces at work. After participating in the SMG, independent studies show an increase in math scores for elementary and middle school students. It is also a proven way to learn many of the SOL in the high school economics and personal finance course. No prior knowledge of the stock market is necessary.
W!SE Financial Literacy Test Preparation and Vocabulary Challenges (for teachers of grades 9-12)
Thursday, February 7, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
University of Lynchburg – Schewel 232
Are you currently preparing your students to take the W!SE Financial Literacy test? Then, you will want to attend this session to learn helpful strategies related to vocabulary challenges, receive useful lessons, and discus problematic topics that students experience. This session is designed for teachers who want to deepen their students’ knowledge of personal finance topics and financial literacy vocabulary. Intentional instruction focused on tier two vocabulary for the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification will be delivered. Instructional methodology will be referenced for the personal finance topics of banking, credit, consumer rights and responsibilities, insurance, taxes, and financial planning. Participants will receive various resources for use in the classroom. Snacks and door prizes will be provided.
Energy, Economics, and the Environment (for teachers of grades 3-8)
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
4:30 – 6:30 pm
University of Lynchburg – Schewel 217
This motivating, interdisciplinary workshop will give teachers the tools to investigate and analyze energy and environment issues. A conceptual framework for generating and comparing multiple alternatives to problems based on how well they meet the criteria will be used. In addition to motivating lessons, the workshop will include classroom ready alternative assessments in which students use a decision making model to analyze an energy or environmental problem. Each alternative assessment requires students to apply skills across several disciplines and also encourages students to make extensive use of resources in their communities. The workshop includes free curriculum, snacks, and door prizes.
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.
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.
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).