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The College of St. Scholastica

Mission and background

The St. Scholastica Center for Economic Education was designed to promote a better understanding of economics and personal finance for K-12 teachers and students in the greater Duluth area. In fulfilling this mission, every effort will be made to assure that the activities of the Center emphasize factual, academic, comprehensive, and non-partisan economic content and curriculum that encourage informed critical thinking.

In the promotion of economic literacy, the Center is affiliated with the Minnesota Council on Economic Education and will serve as a resource for schools, teachers, and related communities throughout the Duluth area. While exerting every effort to promote more effective economic and personal finance education in the K-12 schools in the service area, the Center will recognize the autonomy of local school systems and refrain from the promotion of any particular curriculum, organization, or materials.

Workshops for teachers

The Center will host workshops for K-12 teachers on a variety of economic and personal finance topics.

Upcoming Workshops

December 1, 2018, at St. Scholastica Duluth campus
10-11 a.m. in Tower Hall, room 3121

The workshop will give an overview of the Understanding Fiscal Responsibility Curriculum. The curriculum consists of 24 lessons that connect students to the current public policy dilemmas about the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit that confront the United States and its citizens. These 1-2 day lessons are not interdependent and are appropriate for students ranging from grades 9–12 in Civics/Government, Economics, U.S. History/Geography, World History/Global Studies/Geography, and Mathematics. At the workshop a brief sample lesson will be presented.

The workshop will be followed by an optional (free) luncheon from 11:15-12:15. During the luncheon information will be provided about the new Center for Economic Education that was started this fall at The College of St. Scholastica. Attendees will also be asked to provide feedback on what events and resources would be of most value to local educators. People can attend both the workshop and the luncheon, only the workshop, or only the luncheon.

Register for the conference

Register for the luncheon only

Regional Economic Challenge

Each year, the Center will host a Regional Economic Challenge, which is part of the Minnesota Economic Challenge. In the Minnesota Economics Challenge, teams of students representing high schools across the state compete in a series of challenging tests of their economic understanding and reasoning abilities.

Participants compete in both individual and team categories. The state competition is held at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis each spring with an opportunity for winning teams to earn a trip to nationals in New York City in May. This year, the competition will be held on the St. Scholastica Duluth campus on March 20, 2019.

View more information about the Challenge.

Resources for instructors
The Council for Economic Education has a collection of resources for K-12 educators and students. EconEdLink is a great site for free personal finance and economic lesson plans and other interactive tools. The site offers webinars and the capabilities to search for tools based on grade level.