Center for Economic Education

Mission

The GMU Center for Economic Education seeks to have every student graduate with the economic and financial knowledge and skills needed to thrive in our dynamic economy.  With primary focus on Northern Virginia, it is a resource for K-12 teachers and school divisions, providing professional development and classroom resources to effectively teach economics and personal finance.  The Center is affiliated with the Virginia Council on Economic Education and national Council for Economic Education. 

Upcoming Programs

LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL: NAVIGATING EDUCATION, CAREER, & DEBT

Young peoples’ small choices may have big effects. Give your students the knowledge, resources and a solid decision-making framework to make prudent choices about education, training, and career and how to manage any associated costs.

Location: Apple Federal Credit Union Administration Building, Fairfax, VA
Date:      April 24, 2019
Time:      9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Audience: Middle School & High School Teachers and Counselors

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Program Sponsor: The Fund for Teaching Excellence

 

THE ECONOMIC WAY OF THINKING (HIGH SCHOOL ECON INSTITUTE PART A)

Participants experience first-hand how the “economic way of thinking” turns basic economics concepts into “life skills” that enable them to make more meaningful and productive day to day decisions. A detailed analysis of how market economies work will also contribute to more informed decision-making as consumers, producers, savers, investors, employees, and citizens.

Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Date:      June 25, 2019 - June 27, 2019
Time:      8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Audience: High School Teachers & Program Specialists

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Program Sponsor: The Fund for Teaching Excellence

 

ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC POLICY (HIGH SCHOOL ECON INSTITUTE PART B)

While the proper role of government in a primarily market economy is limited,  government nonetheless also plays a crucial role that private enterprise cannot fill  in areas where markets are inefficient or where due to the nature of the goods and services, markets fail to provide the goods and services that people require and many want. Governments define and protect property rights, provide for national defense, address environmental concerns,  and attempt to make markets more competitive. Students who understand how to reason about the appropriate role of government in a market economy, and the various options to pay for government services, will be better informed citizens and voters.

Location: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Date:      June 28, 2019, July 1, 2019, & July 2, 2019
Time:      8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Audience: High School Teachers & Program Specialists

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Program Sponsor: The Fund for Teaching Excellence

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP INSTITUTE: PUTTING IDEAS INTO ACTION

Inspire an entrepreneurial and economic way of thinking in students that promotes creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This institute provides a variety of curriculum options to help your students be more productive employees or inspire them to become their own boss.

Location: University of Mary Washington - Stafford Campus
Date:      July 15, 2019 - July 18, 2019
Time:      8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Audience: Middle School, High School, & Program Specialists

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Program Sponsor: The Fund for Teaching Excellence

 

PERSONAL FINANCE INSTITUTE

This institute is particularly helpful for those teaching the personal finance portion of high school Economics and Personal Finance as it covers detailed content instruction including banking, credit, consumer rights and responsibilities, insurance, taxes, financial planning and planning for further education after high school. Content instruction is delivered by experts from the various fields and participants receive curricula for use in the classroom.

Location: Battlefield High School, Haymarket, VA
Date:      August 05, 2019 - August 09, 2019
Time:      8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Audience: Middle School, High School, & Program Specialists

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Program Sponsor: The Fund for Teaching Excellence

 

Important Links

Virginia Council On Economic Education

Council for Economic Education

Center News & Resources

 

Contact Information

O. Kate Scott, MBA, MEd
Associate Director
Center for Economic Education
Buchanan Hall D150

George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 3G4
Fairfax, VA 22031

Phone: (703) 993 - 4359
Fax:     (703) 993 - 1133
Email:  oscott2@gmu.edu

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