Illinois Association of School Economics Teachers

Governors State University

Illinois Association of School Economics Teachers

Presented by:

The Governors State University
Office of Economic Education
Sheryl Szot Gallaher, Director

Spring Conference, 2012

The Spring IASET Conference was held April 27th at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. A group of experts presented their perspectives, including Johnathan Wight, University of Richmond; Jack Ablin, Harris Private Bank. Each participant received two valuable resources.

The Spring Conference topic was "Economics and Ethics: Can they co-exist?" Speakers discussed the role of ethics in our economy, and participants learned how to apply ethical standards to economic decisions --- and how to teach their students to do the same.

accentView the program flyer 

For information on upcoming IASET conferences, call Sheryl Szot Gallaher at 708.534.4926 or email


The Illinois Association of School Economics Teachers is a teacher organization that sponsors workshops and conferences to help K-12 teachers improve the teaching of economics and personal finance in their classrooms. Membership services include fall and spring teacher conferences; improving communication among school economics teachers; keeping members informed on new instructional materials and methods; and discounts on identified publications. IASET is affiliated with Econ Illinois.

The fall conference is typically held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and focuses on economic theory and economic research. The spring conference is generally issue or topic focused, providing teaching material that is timely and of interest to teachers and their students. As each conference date is confirmed, that information will be announced here.

A one-year IASET membership is included in the registration for either of the two annual conferences, or by contacting the Governors State University Office of Economic Education.

Review: Fall 2011 Conference, The European Union

The fall conference of IASET was held on Thursday, October 13 in conjunction with the Annual Economics and Financial Literacy Conference at the Westin Michigan Avenue,  Chicago. 

accentAgenda, October 13, 2011 IASET Conference

accentDr. Helen Roberts, University of Illinois Chicago: "The Big Fat Greek Economic Crisis" Download PowerPoint

Dr. Helen Roberts speaks at the Fall 2011 IASET conferenceThe IASET conference topic The European Union, featured two speakers. Dr. Helen Roberts, Economics Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago discussed “The Big Fat Greek Economic Crisis,” focusing on economic problems in Europe and the USA and highlighting their similarities and differences.

Dr. Gregor van der Beek speaks at the Fall 2011 IASET conferenceDr. Gregor van der Beek, a visiting scholar at the European Union Center at the University of Illinois Champaign talked about the history of the European Union and also addressed the current monetary problems facing that union.

Following the two presentations, participants engaged in lessons that can be used with their own students. 

In addition, each participant received two classroom resources: a copy of The European Union: A Guide for Americans, a publication that provides an excellent overview of the history of the union, its policies and governance;and a map of the European Union suitable for a classroom bulletin board.

Contact Sheryl Szot Gallaher with any questions about the fall program.

Review: Spring 2011 Conference, China, the Far East, and World Trade

The spring conference of IASET was held Friday, May 13, 2011 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The topic China, the Far East, and World Trade highlighted the new curriculum Teaching Financial Crises. View the program brochure.

  • learn about the great trade collapse of 2008
  • explore Japan's role in the auto industry
  • analyze China's rise as a world economic power
  • examine how financial crises impact our trading partners
  • share teaching ideas with colleagues
  • learn how to bring relevance to econ, social studies, global studies, history, marketing, business and consumer classes
  • receive a copy of Teaching Financial Crises

A group of experts presented their perspectives (their PowerPoints are linked below.) After lunch, experienced economics teachers demonstrated lessons with which teachers can make a difference in the classroom!

  • Meredith A. Crowley, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago:
    "Understanding the Great Trade Collapse of 2008-09 and the subsequent trade recovery" Dowload PowerPoint
  • Dr. Jun Zhao, College of Business and Public Administration, Governors State University: "The Toyota Recall Crisis: Causes, Contexts and the Impact on the Global Auto Industry" Download PowerPoint