The Learning Lounge

Western Slope Economic Leadership Conference:  November 13, 2018
Registration Opens September 1st.

The FREE Foundation provides teaching materials to educators who bring students to the conference.

Economics for Leadership is a week-long camp developed and taught by members of the Foundation for Teaching Economics. The camp is held the third week in June in Boulder, CO in conjunction with the Colorado Council for Economic Education.

Economics 101 – free online course by Hillsdale College

Young Entrepreneurs Academy is a program sponsored by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce for students ages 11 – 18 who are committed to starting their own business. The program begins in August of each year; applications in April.

Partner Links

Foundation for Teaching Economics

Foundation for Economic Education

Companion Website for CCEE Programs

  • Mathematics & Economics: Connections For Life – This web site was designed to help support the usage of both the Grades 9-12, Grades 6-8, and Grades 3-4 materials in the classroom.
  • Financial Fitness for Life – A new multifaceted, comprehensive economic and financial literacy program for grades K-12. Throughout this web site you’ll find valuable information about the different components of the program and how teachers, parents, and students can put the materials to use.
  • Virtual Economics v.4 – This interactive tool helps you understand the most important concepts in economics and personal finance and find the right lessons to teach them at your grade level. Search a database of over 1,200 lessons by grade level, concept, Voluntary National Content Standard in Economics or your state economics standards. Then view and print the lessons you want. Our glossary also puts over 500 economics terms and definitions at your fingertips.

Economics and Personal Finance Lesson Plans/Resources

  • Council for Economic Education (CEE)  – Is a source of teacher training, educational materials and curriculum reform in economics.
    • EconEdLink – EconEdLink provides a premier source of classroom-tested, Internet-based economic lesson materials for K-12 teachers and their students. With over 250 lessons to choose from, teachers can use as many of the lessons as they would like and as often as they would like.
    • E-CONnections – ECONnections contains standards-based lesson plans adapted from CEE printed materials for the Internet with interactive activities for students. The most exciting and innovative aspect of ECONnections is its use of “volunteer experts” from The McGraw-Hill Companies.
  • FDIC Money Smart and Money Smart for Young Adults – This award-winning curriculum allows an instructor to teach financial education without prior certification or training. The adult curriculum consists of eleven modules, each of which includes an instructor’s guide, a PowerPoint presentation, and participant’s take-home guide. The young adult curriculum helps youth ages 12-20 learn the basics of handling their finances in eight fully scripted modules, each containing the same elements as the adult version. All modules, adult and young adult, can be taught independently or in combination with other modules. The curriculum is available in multiple languages. Also Available – the Computer Based Version (CBI) is a learning tool suitable for all ages that teaches the entire curriculum online. Participants receive a certificate after successfully completing each module.
  • CSIS Globalization 101.org – dedicated to providing students with information and interdisciplinary learning opportunities on globalization.
  • EcEdWeb – great supporting Resources and Student Projects for your economics teaching are also found in K-12 section.
  • Econ Sources – This site is designed as a portal to the best economic information on the web. The site is maintained by Professor Gary E. Clayton and is intended purely for the use and enjoyment of his colleagues, fellow teachers, students, and anyone else with an interest in economic topics and data.
  • Education Cents – provides higher education finance tools to help people in understanding finances
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – as part of the nation’s central bank, they promote economic growth and financial stability in our region and nation.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis – contains Great Depression curriculum, two personal finance curricula along with 17 lessons for teaching economics and children’s literature
  • Federal Resources for Educational Excellence – contains many subject areas including social studies.  Example: US Great Depression through World War II including over 55,000 photographs from the Library of Congress.
  • Glossary of Economics Terms – Handy source for definitions.
  • Hands on Banking – an interactive web site with money management modules for elementary, middle and high school students, and adults
  • National Budget Simulation – This simple simulation should give you a better feel of the trade-offs which policy makers need to make in creating federal budgets and dealing with deficits.

Other Social Studies

  • History Channel – contains “this day in history” and searches for any topics in history.

Data and Statistics

  • Current Economic Indicators – source of data and economic indicators collected by the Census Bureau including statistics on poverty, income, jobs, unemployment, industries and sectors, e-commerce retail, national and local economic profiles.
  • World Bank – source of the annual freedom index and teacher resources.
  • The Dismal Scientist – great site for economic statistics, calendar for latest reports on leading indicators and Fed action.
  • Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis – news and events, consumer information, banking information and financial services.
  • Federal Government Statistics
  • CIA World Factbook – incredible amounts of information on almost every country in the world.
  • National Debt – up-to-date to the penny
  • Inflation calculator – that can be calibrated for different regions of the country.  Want to know what $.28 per gallon of regular gas in 1958 costs today?
  • Gapminder World -This is one of the most innovative websites I’ve seen seen on showing and comparing the economic situation of countries. Simple to understand but very cleverly done.  Especially see “Gapminder World” showing income per capita, life expectance, population size, and individual countries all on one easy to read map.  Even by years, hit the “play” button and watch china’s (big red circle) per capita income grow faster over the years (shown in the graph background).

Economic Fun and Games

  • Games Economists Play – Non-Computerized Classroom-Games for College Economics (113 games for both micro and macro).
  • ECON STORIES – Econstories.tv is a place to learn about the economic way of thinking through the eyes of creative director John Papola and creative economist Russ Roberts.  Visit Russell Roberts’ new Keynes Hayek “Fear the Boom and Bust” rap video.

Governmental Resources 

  • U.S. Treasury Department – has education links (lots of kids stuff), current headlines and frequently asked questions.
  • The Mint – An easy-to-use site for middle and high school students, teachers and parents includes “Making a Budget,” “Saving and Investing,” “Your Role in the Economy,” “Government Spending,” and “Learning and Earning ” that includes an informative list of jobs, required education and starting salaries.
  • The White House Online

Research in Economic Education

  • Econ Sources – This site is designed as a portal to the best economic information on the web. The site is maintained by Professor Gary E. Clayton and is intended purely for the use and enjoyment of his colleagues, fellow teachers, students, and anyone else with an interest in economic topics and data.
  • Journal of Economic Education – Offers free downloadable journal articles in PDF format. The latest research on effective and innovative economic education methods at the K-12 and university levels.

Miscellaneous