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Workshop – Project Citizen Training

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 7.45.41 AMA one-day training on a standards-based student project exploring public policy.

June 10th
10 am-4 pm

Courtyard Marriott
San Luis Obispo, CA

Contact Terri Richmond for more information

Workshop: The Science and Economics of Concrete

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 10.10.25 PMProject Cornerstone is offering a workshop for middle school and elementary teachers on the science and economics of the natural resources used in producing concrete. This workshop will provide rock solid tools and hands-on activities to implement in the classroom that will keep students engaged and excited about learning science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), history and economics.

The workshop will:

  • Illustrate how concrete has been used by civilizations, like the ancient Romans,
  • Introduce an innovative trade activity,
  • Present hands-on activities that will feature:
    • testing a hypothesis
    • applying ratio concepts
    • creating customized concrete projects.

For more information, click here.

Register online at or by contacting Crystal Howard at (619) 284-8515 or

Survey of States – National Look at Economic Education

Every two years, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) conducts a comprehensive look into the state of K-12 economic and financial education in the United States, collecting data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The biennial Survey of the States serves as an important benchmark for our progress, revealing both how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go. There has been notable progress since the first survey was published in 1998, yet the pace of change has slowed.

For more information on the survey, click here to visit the Council of Economic Education website.


Election Economics

Want to engage your students in the upcoming elections? Can economics predict election outcomes?

This workshop will provide you with lessons and interactives to help teach how you can use economics to explain the change in how elections are won. The break-out session encourages you to ask and answer the following questions:

Is it rational for the average citizen to be ignorant about the issues in the coming election?

What do economics say about why some people vote while others do not?

Should we be selling candidates the way we sell laundry soap?

Click here for a downloadable resources.

Student Essay Contest – Due February 18th

Help your students earn LOTS of great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom’s essay contest, for students aged 12-18! And we have super prizes for teachers, too!

ESSAY TOPIC: Is Free Speech becoming more limited in America? John Stossel considers that in his recent Fox News hour, “Censored in America.” Words can wound, so should we have increased limits around free speech? Why or why not? Does free speech have a special role in a free society?

“Censored in America” says that students are sometimes kept away from words and ideas they might find disturbing. What do you think? Are there areas in society today where we should allow more free speech? Are there areas where we should restrict free speech?

Please write a 500-1000 word essay on this topic. You should include your own examples of free speech controversies, and you must include at least one reference to the TV special or Stossel’s book, “No They Can’t.”.

• 125 students will receive CASH PRIZES totaling $15,500.

• 1st and 2nd place students will also win an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, a chaperone, and the teachers who submitted their essays to see a live taping ofSTOSSEL.

• Teachers whose students receive at least an honorable mention will receive an autographed copy of one of John Stossel’s best-selling books.

• Each teacher may submit an unlimited number of student essays (500-1000 words) on our web site between now and the Feb. 18th deadline.


Resources for Teaching Economic and Financial Literacy in Light of the Great Recession

From Social Education: Teaching About Money and the Fed

By Mary C. Suiter and Scott A. Wolla

Think back 10 years to the spring of 2005. The unemployment rate, which had peaked at 6.3 percent in the aftermath of the 2001 recession, had settled back to 5.2 percent in March (2005). The stock market tech bubble had burst in 2000, derailing the market rally that had begun in the 1990s, but the market had roared back to life by 2005. Housing prices were rising, and people were leveraging their growing home equity to fund new waves of consumer spending. The graduating class of 2005 had experienced one relatively shallow recession during their school experience. Times were good.

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SF Fed Education Advisory Group

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Leadership Opportunity
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Economic Education & Outreach Group (FRBSF Econ Ed) is now accepting applications for its 2016 Education Advisory Group (EAG). The EAG works with FRBSF Econ Ed staff throughout the year on content ideas, teaching activities, the use of technology, and best practices related to teaching about the Federal Reserve and the U.S. economy. EAG Fellows will be provided tools, resources, and professional development to enhance their leadership skills.

We invite you to apply for a position with the EAG by submitting an application by October 31, 2015. Selected EAG Fellows will attend a 2-day conference in San Francisco in mid/late February to kick off the 2016 term.

Who is eligible to apply?
High school and community college economics, business, and/or social studies teachers; social studies curriculum directors; language arts teachers; math teachers; online economics teachers

During the 2-day conference, you will:

  • Work in collaborative teams to discuss your role as an educational leader within your school/district/subject matter area  in terms of the Common Core and educational policy issues (e.g. literacy, student engagement, college attendance)
  • Network with Federal Reserve staff and educators
  • Tour the vault and Fed Center museum


  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Meals
  • $100 travel stipend to cover transportation costs to and from the airport and any incidentals
  • $150 for substitute teacher pay, for up to two days
  • $500 stipend for full participation in all required activities (payable in  early 2017)

Your work with the EAG throughout the year will include:

  • Pre- and post-test of your knowledge of economic content and the Federal Reserve
  • Quarterly virtual meetings with other EAG Fellows
  • Four teacher-led feedback focus groups with students
  • Four teacher feedback surveys on FRBSF education resources
  • Two presentations to colleagues about FRBSF economic education resources
  • Monthly participation in an online discussion board

Application Submission deadline is October 31, 2015

Please click here to complete and submit a 2016 EAG application.

Those selected for the Education Advisory Group will be notified no later than December 11, 2015.

If selected, EAG Fellows will agree to:

  • make themselves available to attend and participate in all sessions of the two-day conference to held in San Francisco in mid/late February 2016
  • serve a one-year commitment (through December 2016)

CEE Video Contest

CEE is excited to announce the launch of its video contest asking students in kindergarten through 12th grade for the best economic advice they can give the President of the United States. To enter the contest, record one student, or a group of students, answering the following question in 60 seconds or less:

“What Should the President do to Improve the Economy?”

Enter by Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 p.m. Please note that teachers must enter the videos on behalf of their students. Teachers may enter more than one video per class.

Download a pdf of the rules and FAQ here. Rules and FAQ are also available on CEE’s Facebook page.

Enter the contest here.

Test a CEE Personal Finance Test

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is seeking teachers in grades 4 to 12 who will have their students take one of the CEE’s three new personal finance tests:

  • Test of Financial Literacy (TFL) for grades 11 to 12. 50 test items.
  • Test of Financial Knowledge (TFK) for grades 7 to 9.  45 test items.
  • Basic Finance Test (BFT) for grades 4 to 6.  35 test items.  

All students are eligible to take a test regardless of whether they have had personal finance instruction in school (course, unit, or lessons).  All students know something about personal finance through various activities:  school work, talking with parents or other adults, watching the news, browsing the Internet, participating in community program, or life experiences.

The testing will be conducted nationwide using CEE’s Online Assessment Center. The test is all multiple-choice and should take a class period. A few demographic questions are asked the end of the test to be used for overall analysis. The CEE will ensure the privacy of students and not know their names. Teachers register their student with anonymous codes and only they know the identity of students.

If you are interested in participating please fill out this short survey about your students and the class you are teaching. Once completed you will recei

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