Economics for the Elementary Classroom

July 20, 2015 to July 24, 2015
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
1994 Buford Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108

**This is a graduate course (two free UMN graduate credits) and is only open to those who have previously not taken it or Using Children’s Literature to Teach Economics (previous title). Credits are received upon full completion of the course (including two Saturday follow up workshops and a year-end project) in July 2016.**

Eventbrite - 2015 Economics for the Elementary Classroom

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This course covers the sequence of economics at the elementary level, with particular attention to the MN social studies standards in economics. We will introduce you to all the concepts addressed at the elementary level, with matching classroom-ready lessons and activities to teach these concepts. If you are looking for a course where you'll walk away with a ton of resources for teaching economics through children’s literature, social studies, or math, this is it!

Two free graduate credits from the University of Minnesota are awarded to teachers upon completion of the course (July 2016). Note that course participants are expected to take the course for graduate credit and attend two follow-up Saturday workshops during the academic year (the Saturday dates are selected by class vote during the summer). A final project is required to receive graduate credit (credit will be granted in July 2016). This course will be taught by Dr. Valerie Walker, Gustavus Adolphus, and MCEE Master Teachers Nancy Krenner and Kellie Friend.

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This course is only open to MN licensed teachers who are currently teaching in the elementary classroom.


Registration and Available Stipends and Scholarships

Eventbrite - 2015 Economics for the Elementary Classroom

Registration for the course is $80 and includes curriculum materials, graduate credits, 48 continuing education units, lunch, and refreshments/snacks. Registration is limited to 25.

All course participants receive a $150 stipend for full participation in the week-long course and a $30 stipend for each follow-up workshop. 10 $275 travel scholarships are available to teachers from high-needs school districts who reside outside the thirteen-county metro area (Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Isanti, Hennepin, Pierce, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, St. Croix, Washington, and Wright) until May 15. After May 15, we will release any available scholarships to any teacher who resides outside the thirteen-county Metro area, regardless of whether or not their district is considered high needs. Scholarships will be assigned in registration order based on information provided during registration. Additional travel scholarships of $35 will be distributed for the follow-up workshops to the same group that received them for the initial week-long course. For any questions on scholarship eligibility, please contact Andrea Hanson at

quote 3Funds for this project were provided by a grant from the federal Improving Teacher Quality Program (Title II, Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act) administrated by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Questions about this or other events? Contact us at or 612-625-3727.