Sentry School of Business and Economics Center for Economic Education
Center for Economic Education
The UW-Stevens Point Center for Economic Education is affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education and EconomicsWisconsin. Our goal is “helping children understand how our economy works.” To accomplish this goal, we work with K-12 teachers in all subject areas and grade levels to provide curriculum materials, teaching strategies, and professional development. Last year more than 500 Wisconsin teachers participated in the courses, workshops, and presentations of our center.
The mission of the Center for Economic Education is to advocate for better and greater school-based economic and personal finance education at the K-12 level; and to educate young people, primarily through well-prepared teachers, so they may become empowered with economic and financial literacy. This is done by offering:
- Advice to schools on developing, implementing and evaluating economics and financial literacy in the school curriculum
- Teacher training programs and workshops focusing on specific economic and financial literacy topics and ways to integrate them into the classroom
- Up-to-date curriculum resource center including elementary and secondary school economics and financial literacy texts and teacher guide.
- Study tours to transition economy and other developing countries where teachers are seeking to improve economic and financial literacy
Economics Wisconsin believes in having an economic understanding in order to understand our history, governments, and culture, and also to to be financially literate. Economic education helps students, teachers, and leaders to make decisions about their personal and shared resources to develop the habit of critical thinking. Economics Wisconsin is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c) (3) charitable organization governed by a board of business and professional leaders, and educators.
The Federal Reserve Bank offers a number of online resources for K-12 teachers. The Fed materials tend to focus on the economics of the banking system, monetary policy, and financial literacy.
GATE is a new national and international organization sponsored by the national CEE for K-12 teachers and others interested in economic and financial education. GATE offers a newsletter announcing workshops, conferences, study tours, and new curriculum. GATE members can receive discounts on NCEE publications. Membership is required, but as of this writing it is free.
The IMF and its EconEd Online provide online teaching resources on international trade and finance
The NCEE is a nationwide network that leads in promoting economic literacy with students and their teachers. We highly recommend the NCEE site. The NCEE offers excellent teaching resources for all levels, ranging from AP Economics to the early-elementary classroom.
The RFE is sponsored by the American Economic Association. It lists more than 2,000 resources of interest for academic and practicing economists, and those interested in economics.
The World Bank’s Youthink! for teachers has teaching resources that are related to a wide variety of socioeconomic issues in developing countries.
- Professor – Economics
- Director – Center for Economic Education