April is Financial Literacy Month (K-12)

Look over our Financial Literacy Calendar for events, lessons and activities for the classroom, and for building money management skills at every age!

A chance to have a teacher team in the SMG?! (4-12)

Econ Illinois invites teachers 4th grade - high school to register for a teacher team to experience The Stock Market Game program. No charge! Registering for a teacher team grants access to the Teacher Support Center providing:

  • brief tutorials on how to implement the SMG program and navigate the resources
  • curriculum materials including a suggested lesson sequence for core lessons
  • implementation ideas for the classroom
  • even your own Portfolio!

Try your hand at making mistakes and learning BEFORE implementing in the classroom.  Deadline to register is Friday, April 4.

Money Smart Week in Illinois (K-12)

April 5-12th, 2014 is Money Smart Week (MSW) in Illinois! MSW is a public awareness campaign stressing the importance of financial literacy, informing consumers about where they can get help and providing free educational seminars and activities throughout the week. To learn more about events throughout the state, visit the Money Smart Week website. For the Northern Illinois region, outside of Chicago, visit the NIU website.

Celebrate financial literacy the CEE way! (K-12) 

  1. Gen i Contest – Search for the Sweet 16th
    The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is excited to present the Gen i Revolution Contest, offering students the opportunity to recommend a 16th mission. Register your class for free access to Gen i Revolution, encourage your students to play and explore the 15 missions to learn important personal finance concepts, and brainstorm ideas for a new 16th Mission. Winners get prizes and the chance to have their mission actually developed and added to Gen i Revolution! Follow CEE on Facebook for contest updates.
  2. Gen i Revolution webinars available – on demand! 30 minutes each, they provide great information, tools and tips:
  3. CEE blog 
  4. EconEdLink.org “Personal Finance page” 

‘Talk' with your teen about money (7-12)

April is a good time to have 'The Talk' about money. The Illinois CPA Society suggests parents may have some work to do to prepare their teens for the future.

Money Smart (9-12+)

Money Smart is a comprehensive financial education curriculum designed to help low- and moderate-income individuals outside the financial mainstream enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. The Money Smart curriculum for consumers is available free of charge in four media versions.

Econ Illinois provides information on programs, curriculum and opportunities as a service to K-12 educators and does not endorse any particular resource.

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Specialization concepts winning poster

Economic Concepts Poster Contest 2013 state winners

This year, more than 3,800 students (grades 1-8) from nearly 60 schools participated in one of 6 regional contests, illustrating their understanding of concepts like producers & consumers and goods & services.

The top twelve winning drawings in the state will be featured in a 2014-2015 calendar, sponsored by COUNTRY Financial


Getting to the Core through Econ and History

Getting to the Core through Economics and History (6-12)

Register now for this first-ever joint conference of Econ Illinois, the Missouri Council on Economic Education, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis offering a wealth of materials and programs that satisfy the CCSS and engage your students in exciting, active lessons.

Each participant will receive a copy of Virtual Economics and The Federal Reserve and the Financial Crisis: Lectures by Ben S. Bernanke.

Registration is free and reduced-rate hotel accommodations are available through May 26th.


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