Economics Education

Serving the Students, Faculty, and Community through Economics Education

 

Overview

 

When we launched in 2017,  we wanted to make sure we served the students, faculty, and community of Western North Carolina. One way we did that was to expand opportunities and resources for our K-12 educators. As part of our partnership with the North Carolina Council for Economics Education (NCCEE), we held our first joint teacher training workshop for K-12 educators in North Carolina to provide educators the opportunity to deepen their understanding of economics, as well as provide them with free lesson plans, materials, and other resources for use in their classrooms. We’re proud to work with Wells Fargo, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Champion Credit Union, NCCEE to provide teacher training, and the resources below.

External Resources for Teachers

 

EconEdLink

EconEdLink provides a premier source of over 435 classroom-tested, Internet-based economic and personal finance lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students.

 

Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond Educational Resources

Educational resources, and information on field trips and classroom visits from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

 

Grokking Econ

Free resources for teaching economics from Dick Brunelle and Steven Reff.

 

NC Jump$tart

Jump$tart Coalition National Partners and affiliated State Coalitions work collaboratively to advance the financial literacy of preschool through college-age youth through public advocacy and awareness, and by promoting and supporting effectiveness in financial education.

 

HandsOnBanking 

An online learning center that offers resources for anyone who wants to learn more about financial management.

 

Gen i Revolution

Developed for middle school and high school students, this online game gives your students the chance to learn important personal finance skills as they play and compete against fellow classmates.

 

Personal Finance Calculators

Free financial calculating service that ranges anywhere from small savings to mortgage and student loans.

 

Guide to Getting on a Budget

An instructional guide that demonstrates simple tricks on how to create and use a budget.

 

Financial Literacy Handbook

A guide on basic money principles and how to manage your money in all stages in life.

 

2018 Event Recap

On April 23, 2018 we held our first, joint teacher training workshop for K-12 educators in North Carolina. Our goal was to have 25 teachers register and attend our seminar, and we helped make it easier for them by providing substitute-teacher reimbursement available for those in need.

The day of the conference we started at 8:30 am with 23 registrants in attendance. The attendees actively participated and throughout the day we heard positive feedback including this, from one of our attendees: “This was the best workshop I’ve been to in the last 4 years.”

At the end, we asked participants to fill out a survey. As a result of the workshop, the respondents said:

  • 95% were planning to save / invest more for the future
  • 76% were planning to create or use a spending plan (budget)
  • 85% were planning to pay off / pay down credit card debt
  • 100% were planning to use the resources presented in the workshop in their own classrooms
  • 100% felt the workshop made them better prepared to teach personal finance
  • And 100% said they would attend this workshop, or another one like it, again in the future.

Stay tuned for details about our 2019 workshop.