Program Tips & Tidbits
December 2019

 
ECON IN THE ROCK:
BUILDING BETTER MONEY HABITS®
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#Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Bank of America would like to give back to educators by showcasing their website of financial resources called Better Money Habits®. Some of the topics on this site include credit, debt, saving/budgeting, home ownership, auto, college, retirement, security, personal banking, and taxes.
 
Come learn how you can increase your personal knowledge and help your students learn about critical topics in finance.
 
Participants will receive:
  • 1.5 hours of professional development credit
  • Ready to use resources
  • Light snacks
  • $25 stipend
 
SPACE IS LIMITED!
 
 
When: Tuesday, December 3                        Where:
            4:30-6:00 pm                                      Bank of America
                                                                       200 W. Capitol Avenue
                                                                       Little Rock, AR 72201
 
Register here.
*This workshop is available for certified educators currently under contract with a school system.

ECON IN THE ROCK: 
ECONOMICS LIKE IT'S 1999!
 
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F-R-I-E-N-D-S-
 
Don't miss out on the Clinton Presidential Library's latest exhibit! Economic connections are a natural as participants will explore American pop culture in the 1990s. Educators will also learn about the "Decade in a Day" program.
 
Activities will be shared that are ready to use in the classroom setting. As an added bonus, you will get to see the library all decked out for the holidays.
 
 
Participants will receive:
2 hours of professional development credit
Ready to use resources
Light snacks
$25 stipend
 
 
When:                                                          Where:
Thursday, December 5, 2019                       Clinton Presidential Library
4:30-6:30 pm                                                1200 President Clinton Ave.
                                                                                                 Little Rock, AR 72201
 
Register here
 
*This workshop is available for certified educators currently under contract with a school system.

 
 
What do Madam C.J. Walker, Sam Walton and Josie Natori have in common? They were all "inspired" by a problem or opportunity that led them on the path to become entrepreneurs. Each share a story of how they started with very little to build successful businesses. Economics Arkansas and Stephens, Inc. have partnered to develop engaging activities for students based on short videos of these success stories. The lessons are designed to serve as a bell ringer, mini lesson or a class period lesson with extension activities.
 
As a special treat, the author of the bell ringer series, James Wilcox, will be leading the workshop.
 
Participants will receive:
6 hours of professional development credit
Ready to use lesson plans
Lunch
$75 substitute reimbursement 
 
TWO LOCATIONS:
 
Thursday, December 12, 2019               Friday, December 13, 2019
8:30 am-3:30 pm                                      8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Stephens, Inc.                                          Perry PD Center
111 Center Street                                     1457 E. Robinson Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72201                               Springdale, AR 72765
Register here.                                           Register here.
 
 
 *These workshops are available for certified educators currently under contract with a school system.

BECOME AN ECO DETECTIVE
 
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Don't miss out on this exciting one-day workshop designed to provide upper elementary, middle and high school teachers with environmental economic activities that are fun and informational!
 
Participants will receive:
  • 6 hours of professional development credit
  • Curriculum
  • Lunch
  • $75 substitute reimbursement available.
 
When:                                                             Where:
Friday, December 13, 2019                             Arch Ford Coop 
8:30 am - 3:30 pm                                          101 Bulldog 
                                                                        Plumerville, AR 72127
                                                                       
Register here.
*This workshop is available for certified educators currently under contract with a school system.

THIS COULD BE YOU!
 
Valarie Harp, Anna Badders, Amy Mileham and Amy Gordon are all smiles! Why? They just won $1,000 cash and their very own "Bessie" for being recognized as the BEST OF THE BEST! 
 
Join one of the webinars below, and learn how you can submit your creative economic projects. You might just be the next Bessie B. Moore Award Winning Educator!
 
When:
Thursday, December 10 at 3:30 pm. Register here.
Wednesday, January 22 at 5 pm. Register here
Monday, February 10 at 3:30 pm. Register here.
 
Need a different time/date?
Contact Marsha at marsha@economicsarkansas.org 
 

MONEY, MONEY, MONEY:
ECONOMICS ARKANSAS TEACHER GRANTS
 
Article ImageDo you have a creative approach to teaching economics, personal finance, or entrepreneurship? 
 
Would funding help make that creative idea a reality?
 
Consider applying for a grant through our Economics Arkansas Teacher Grant Program.
 
Grant applications are due January 15!
 
The maximum request is $500.
Teachers may apply individually or in teams of two. 
Signatures of principal and teacher(s) are required.
A written final report and budget are required.
 
 
Join us for a webinar to learn more.
 
December 9 link
December 18 link

IT'S TIME TO GET IN THE GAME:
THE STOCK MARKET GAME™!
 
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Did you know the spring session kicks off January 13? We hope you will consider joining us for this student focused simulation. 
 
If you need assistance with team funding, consider applying for the Donna K. Wright Scholarship. This scholarship helps offset team registration fees. The link to apply is here.
 
We do have several training opportunities available.
 
We will host a lunch and learn on January 8 in Little Rock from 11-1. The link may be found here.
There is also a central Arkansas day long training scheduled for January 9. More details may be found here.
We have a number of webinars available. These will help you gain an overview of the program and confidence to get started.
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2019  link
Monday, December 16, 2019  link
Monday, January 6, 2020 link
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 link
Need a different time/date?
Contact Marsha at marsha@economicsarkansas.org. 

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS...
 
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For 36 years,  PNC Bank has calculated the prices of the twelve gifts from the classic carol "The Twelve Days of Christmas." 
 
 
The results are in and prove to make fun connections with economics!
 
The site has educational resources and all can be found here.

'TIS THE SEASON
 
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The National Retail Federation (NRF) released its 2019 U.S. holiday forecast. Spending in November and December is expected to increase by 3.8-4.2%, taking total sales to between $729.9 billion and $730.7 billion. Check out the NRF site here
 
Also, visit U.S. Census Bureau's website here. You will also love  their "INFORMATION FOR EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS" tab to find ready to use K-12 resources. The direct link is here.
 
Oh, Christmas Tree...
Headlines indicate there is a tight supply of Christmas trees this year. Have students search for multiple sources to learn why and impact that might have on consumers. Here is one example.
 
Challenge your students to find more examples of economics through the holiday season.

ECON FROM THE HILL:
ADDING STEM AND ECON IN YOUR CLASSROOM
 
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This workshop provides a perfect backdrop for this fun-filled professional development. It will be hosted at Willis D. Shaw's Wonderlab in the Springdale School District.
 
Educators will participate in activities that are classroom ready STEM challenges. To tie in economics, the workshop will compare and contrast inventors and entrepreneurs and their impacts on our economy.
 
 
 
 
Participants will receive: 
  • 2 hours professional development credit
  • The Marvelous Things that Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy that Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford
  • STEM and Economics Challenges
  • Light Snacks
  • $25 stipend
Presenter: Lisa Taylor, Master Economics Teacher
 
 
WHEN:                                              WHERE:
Tuesday, January 14, 2020               Willis D. Shaw Elementary School
4:30-6:30 pm                                     4337 Grimsley Road
                                                          Springdale, AR 72762
 
 
Register here.
 
*This workshop is available for certified educators under contract with a school system.

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