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EconVersations - The Economics of Health Insurance and Health Care Reform

The first EconVersations of the 2019-20 school year will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, from 5:15 - 7:30 p.m. at MCL Restaurant and Bakery in West Lafayette.  Economics professor and PCEE Director, Dr. Tim Moore, will be the keynote speaker.  PCEE Associate Director, Dr. Kelly Blanchard, will follow by sharing interactive activities and lessons that teachers can use in their classrooms right away.  Download the flier by clicking here.

EconVersations is a series of after-school economic and financial education programs for secondary teachers and administrators, grades 7-12, and currently takes place two or three times a school year.  Programs revolve around a specific topic or content area with the goal of increasing teacher knowledge and providing teachers with cutting edge curriculum ideas for sharing that knowledge with their students. 

EconVersations provides a stimulating environment for teachers to interact and share curriculum ideas, and typically includes a complimentary dinner, an expert guest speaker, and the demonstration of related lessons plans and teacher resources by a PCEE staff member or a practicing teacher.  Attendees often receive ready-to-use curriculum materials. We welcome your suggestions for future program topics.

Praise from Teachers for EconVersations

  • "Thank you so much for these programs.  It's so good to get together with colleagues and see what they're doing and to have the university experts share new ideas and lesson plans.  I find these EconVersations to be invaluable!"
  • "EconVersations are always interesting and provide practical new ideas for the classroom.  Thanks so much for these collaborative opportunities!"

    "This workshop exposed me to a multitude of resources that will benefit both me and my students' performance in the classroom."

  • "Knowing I have the resources makes me feel more confident in a content area I am unfamiliar with."

  • "Thank you for providing the opportunity to network and learn about resources and experiences to enhance student engagement."

  • "As a preserve teacher, attending these workshops and speaking with veteran teachers about what resources work and how to implement economic concepts throughout lessons was very beneficial."

  • "The EconVersations have helped me in my classroom and I look forward to the next one."