Fall came quickly

The Econ Illinois staff hopes that your semester has gotten off to a great start and we look forward to sharing resources and opportunities with you that support your work in the classroom. Feel free to share Tuesday Tips (TT) with colleagues engaged in K-12 education. This year TT will be provided once a month, is brief with the applicable grade bands listed next to each resource, and will involve new features. Feedback is always appreciated!

Announcing our new Executive Director!

Econ Illinois is pleased to announce the appointment, effective August 1, of  Nancy Hanlon Harrison as President/Executive Director of Econ Illinois.

NIU Center announcement

Dr. Tammy Batson, an instructor in the Department of Economics at Northern Illinois University has been named Co-Director of the NIU Center for Economic Education.  Tammy joins Dr. Mary Beth Henning, a faculty member in social studies education in the College of Education.  Welcome Tammy!

Professional Development (K-12)

STEMfest (K-12 teachers, students and families)

Join Econ Illinois on Saturday, October 18 from 10-5 for a day of activities and fun!  STEMfest celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Northern Illinois University STEM departments, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are joining forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages. Visit the Econ Illinois teacher booth for info on curriculum and activities for the classroom.  Free parking passes can be printed from STEMfest homepage.

STEM Learning Exchanges - resources to support your District!

Learning Exchanges are public-private partnerships managed by selected organizations to coordinate tools, resources and partnerships that will create more hands-on, real-world experiences for students, to enhance college and career readiness and to support career choice.

STEM Finance Learning Exchange Econ Illinois is the Lead Entity for the Illinois Finance Learning Exchange (FLE) and will have a booth at the NIU STEMfest for students to talk with local industry professionals in finance-related careers!

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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3M Outstanding Economic Educator Kerry Difusco and colleagues

3M Outstanding Economic Educator Jessica Weldon and class

3M Awards:  Teachers Announced!

Shown here during surprise visits: (top) Elementary teacher Kerry DiFusco & (bottom) HS teacher Jessica Weldon

Multi-media session at 1-2-3 conference

Save the Date
January 23, 2015 (K-12)

The 7th Annual Teacher Conference: Resources for Teaching Economics and Financial Literacy – As Easy as 1-2-3 will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mark your calendars to reserve your seat early, as this popular conference fills quickly! Registration opens November 1.

Opportunity Cost Poster

Bits and Clips

Opportunity cost is the benefit given up when a choice must be made because resources are scarce in relation to wants. In choosing between two alternatives, there is always an opportunity cost. To choose to spend an afternoon at a baseball game means giving up the opportunity to use that time to go swimming.



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