Professional Development for Teachers

Professional Development for Teachers

Conferences, Workshops, Courses and Program Training

Connections Conference - March 9, 2016 

SMG Session Handouts for part of 8:30 & 9:45 a.m. sessions - Turquoise A & B room (BYOD): 
STEM Finance Learning Exchange: Online Games and Resources for the Classroom

Teach the Teachers in 2016 (Educators for grades 6-12)

A first-time offering of this robust professional learning opportunity offered by The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) in partnership with Econ Illinois and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, here in Illinois! This multi-day program provides educators with the unique opportunity to be part of a cohort; receive economic content and pedagogy that encourages incorporation across subject areas and disciplines; earn 32 PDHs with options for graduate credit; receive support while field testing original lessons.  Learn new ways to help students develop critical thinking, informational text analysis, real-world application, and other skills that are transferable to various fields of study, academia, and the workplace. We invite you to view the flyer, learn more, and register!

SMG On-Site & Webinar Training (Grades 4-12)

On-site teacher workshops (September & January/February) for first-time or novice Stock Market Game teachers include interactive curriculum lessons, stock market basics, handouts and hands-on computer lab sessions. Teachers learn how to access the SMG's Teacher Support Center of online curricula, lesson planning, tutorials and assessments; how to access and manipulate the student-based portfolio simulation. Teachers unsure of utilizing the program are also welcome to attend. CPDUs provided. All workshops are free.

NIU Center for Economic Education Offerings (K-12)

The NIU Center offers credit and non-credit professional development programs that enable teachers to incorporate economics into their classroom activities. Student competitions and classroom resources are also available.

UIC Center for Economic Education Offerings (K-12)

A variety of economics and financial literacy programs are offered through the UIC Center.  Details and registration information for training workshops, teacher programs and student competitions are scheduled through January can be found on the UIC Center for Economic Education flyer.  

GSU Center for Economic Education Offerings (K-12)

Professional Development opportunities are available by contacting the GSE Center.  These include:

  • Fall and Spring conferences, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, for teachers in grades 6 – 12:  Topics of current interest are discussed by experts, and teachers learn how to apply concepts in their classrooms.
  • Graduate-courses: The Office of Economic Education offers a number of graduate level courses for teachers who want to enhance their teaching of economics concepts.  Courses are designed at all levels, from kindergarten to twelfth grade.
  • Workshops: Economic Education workshops are conducted periodically. These workshops target different grade levels and focus on strategies for teaching economics principles in reading, math, and social studies classes.

CLASEP Offerings (K-12, post-secondary)

The NIU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming connects award-winning Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty with students, teachers, professionals, lifelong learners and world travelers.

Increase STEM literacy (K-12)

NIU STEM Outreach increases STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) literacy and interest for K-12 students, families, and educators.

Virtual Economics 4.0 flashdrive (Grades K-12)

Virtual Economics (VE4) flashdrive is offered at select teacher conferences and workshops. Read about this teaching resource loaded with activity-based lessons from over 75 publications, 51 key concepts and a glossary with over 500 terms.

Certificate in the Teaching of Economics (Grades K-12, post-secondary)

Teachers at the K-12, community college, and college and university levels will develop skills to teach courses in economics and consumer economics as well as how to include economic concepts in other courses. Contact Dr. Helen Roberts at the University of Illinois Chicago Center for Economic Education by phone at 312.355.0378 or email at

UIC Economic Education Graduate Courses (K-12)

The UIC Center for Economic Education offers a variety of graduate courses for the educator. Courses have various formats offering flexibility of online, on-site and a blend of the two formats. The number of graduate hours, prerequisite(s), and a summary of topics are provided on the UIC CEE website.  For questions or if interested, contact Helen Roberts:

Master of Arts in Economics and Entrepreneurship for Educators (K-12)

The Center for Economic Education & Entrepreneurship at the University of Delaware, Lerner College of Business and Economics offers a graduate program designed for educators. If interested, be sure to contact Econ Illinois for additional information on this amazing opportunity!

The MAEEE program (held two consecutive summers) not only helps strengthen the economic, entrepreneurial and financial literacy content of instruction at the primary and secondary school level, but also establishes a network of educators who can help instruct teachers in effective methods of teaching economic education. Applications will be sought in January and February for the next class beginning summer 2015.  

Master’s of Education – Economics (K-12)

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Economic Education offers a graduate program for K-12 educators designed to help teachers enhance their knowledge of basic economics concepts and demonstrate how economics can be taught in the K-12 classroom. Coursework includes a series of economics principles courses designed for educators along with a set of applied economics courses in a variety of subjects. No prerequisites in economics are required.

Associations, Conferences & Enrichment

A nationwide annual gathering of educators including K-12 teachers, college and university professors and Federal Reserve partners.  The October conference features the latest in curriculum development, instructional materials, teaching strategies, new programs and best practices; outstanding speakers on current economic and financial topics; hands-on technology education sessions; networking opportunities; and teacher roundtables to discuss shared issues, accomplishments, challenges and opportunities.