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Purdue Center for Economic Education

EconVersations - Fiscal Responsibility: Should We Balance the Budget?
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, 5:15 - 7:30 p.m.  Be our guest for dinner and learn about the resources and lessons available to help your students develop critical thinking skills on important public policy issues. Our speakers are Dr. Phil VanFossen, Purdue University, and Mr. Scott Smith, Benton Central Jr. Sr. High School. This workshop and accompanying materials are made available to teachers through the generous support of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Council for Economic Education. Registration is closed for this event. 

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 also of 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, a guest speaker, and the demonstration of related lessons plans and teacher resources by PCEE Teacher Advocate for Secondary Education, Emily Vanderwall.  Attendees typically receive ready-to-use curriculum materials. Workshop presenters include Center staff, Purdue faculty, and practicing teachers.  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 preservice 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."