Council for Economic Education Fall Webinars

The Council for Economic Education just released their fall webinar schedule! Below, you will find an array of webinars covering economic topics (all free!). And, we hope you’ll join the conversation. If you can’t make it due to a conflict, we encourage you to register to receive the recorded webinar.

All webinars will start at 7 p.m. EST.

Go ahead and register for the webinars today!

September 18: How to Play the online game, The Fiscal Ship

What are the trade offs that policymakers face when steering the federal budget? To answer this question, we will explore ways students can grapple with the complexity of federal budget choices as they play the online game, The Fiscal Ship.

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October 3: Teaching the Great Recession

The 2007-2008 recession was the most significant economic crisis since World War II, featuring the collapse of major financial firms, a disruption of credit and investment, an unemployment rate of 10%, and a 15% drop in production. As we commemorate the ten year anniversary of the fall of Lehman Brothers, the Great Recession reminds us that economic events do not have simple or obvious causes. Was it low interest rates, uneducated financial decisions, greed, or deregulation that caused the crisis? We will run through activities to help students understand the numerous and interconnected causes of the Great Recession, and how they exemplify some of the most important topics in macroeconomics.

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October 10: Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology

The controversy surrounding crytocurrency has led to engaging discussions on how blockchain technology can change the way property rights are recorded, validated, and authenticated.

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October 23: The "Not So Great" Depression

This webinar demonstrates how popular works of historical fiction, set during the Great Depression, can be used to teach economic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity cost, and economic choice. Featured titles include Dave at Night, Esperanza Rising, Bud, Not Buddy and Out of the Dust. Session includes classroom ready lessons and a topical bibliography.

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November 6: Federal Reserve and Banking Systems for Macroeconomics, American History and Personal Finance

The Federal Reserve, created in 1913, is an important but often overlooked institution in the macro-economy and American History. Topics include: the creation of the Fed, its role in the macro-economy, banking system, economic crises in American History (such as the Great Depression and 2007-8 Financial Crisis) , and its influence over personal finance and M1 and M2 money.

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November 7: The Fiscal Ship Through the Lends of the Elections

Where does each party stand when it comes to fiscal management? In this lesson, explore how students can analyze each major political party's platform to better understand their approaches to the federal budget and national debt. We will also discuss how students can apply this understanding by playing The Fiscal Ship.

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November 20: Using Harry Potter to Teach Economics and Personal Finance

Featuring the entrepreneurs of Diagon Alley, the Wizarding World’s Gringotts Bank, and Hogsmeade’s goods and services, this webinar engages the students as they learn about economics and personal finance. Concepts covered include money conversion, decision-making, and how to write a business plan.

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November 28: Coming to America 2018 - Economic Implications of Immigration

Three streams of foreigners seek entry into the USA. Only one stream can be termed immigrants on a legal path toward citizenship. The other two groups are legal goal migrants (such as workers or students) and undocumented illegal persons. We will identify different groups within each of the three streams, discuss their economic importance, and show how these topics can be used in grades 5-12 history and social studies classes. Examples from other countries will be illustrated.

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December 4: Spotting Economics in Young Adult Literature

This webinar introduces methods of identifying and teaching economic concepts found in popular young adult literature. Content titles include Twilight, The Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre.

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