Program Tips & Tidbits
January 2020

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97% of Arkansas teachers participating in The Stock Market Game™ list student engagement as one of the best features of this student focused simulation. Others noted promoting research and critical thinking skills, team collaboration, and tying current events to the market as a few more of the best features. Please join us this spring! 
January 13 - April 10, 2020
4th-12th grade students
$15 per team (1-5 students comprise a team)
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 Thursday, January 9. More details may be found here.
We have several webinars scheduled. These will help you gain an overview of the program and confidence to get started.
Monday, January 6, 2020 link
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 link
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 link
Need a different time/date?
Contact Marsha at 

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.
Find the application here.

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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 Economic Challenges
  • Light Snacks
  • $25 stipend
Presenter: Lisa Taylor, Master Economics Teacher
WHEN:                                              WHERE:
Wednesday, January 15, 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.

   January 17
Article Image January 17 is Kid Inventors' Day. This date was selected because it's the birthday of all around genius and kid inventor, Benjamin Franklin. Did you know he was just 12 years old when he invented the world's first swim flippers?
It seems like a great time to introduce our next Arkansas Reads One Book selection. Billy Sure, Kid Entrepreneur, spotlights Billy who invents new products for the market.
Stay tuned as resources are being developed and will be available on our website soon. If you have questions, please contact Marsha at
If you are looking for some fun resources, check out this fun website!

January 20
Article ImageMaybe you haven’t ever thought about it, but you can’t leave home in the morning without being dependent on most of the world. You get up in the morning, and you go to the bathroom and you reach over for a sponge, and that’s given to you by a Pacific Islander. You reach over for a towel, and that’s given to you by a Turk. You reach down to pick up your soap, and that’s given to you by a Frenchman. Then after dressing, you rush to the kitchen and you decide this morning that you want to drink a little coffee; that’s poured in your cup by a South American. Or maybe you want cocoa this morning; that’s poured in your cup by a West African. Then you reach over to get your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning you are dependent on more than half of the world.
This is a favorite quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the topic of trade.
Below find a couple of lessons that springboard from this famous quote:
Grades 3-7 lesson link
Grades 6-12 lesson link
For more classroom resources for all levels, visit this link.

Please consider entering a creative economics or financial literacy project in our annual state awards program. Join one of the webinars below, and learn how you can submit your creative project. You might just be the next Bessie B. Moore Award Winning Educator!
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 

January 23
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Have you ever considered the economics in a slice of pie?
Elementary Teachers: How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman is an excellent way for your students to incorporate literature, economics, and geography. Thanks to the St. Louis Fed for this great lesson shared here.
Pie Fun Facts: Did you know that approximately $700 million in pies are sold in grocery stores annually? This doesn't include restaurants, food service or price clubs, only grocery stores. Discover more pie facts by viewing this link.

January 23
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On January 23,1957, the Wham-O toy company rolled out their first aerodynamic plastic discs which are now known to millions as Frisbees.
Many attribute this fun toy to William Frisbie. He opened the Frisbie Pie Company in 1871. Students from nearby universities of Yale and Harvard would come and eat pies and throw the empty pie tins to each other and yell, "Frisbie!"
Nearly a century later, a toy firm called Wham-O, creators of the hula hoop, heard the legend and borrowed the name without knowing the correct spelling. It is estimated that over 300 million frisbees have been sold since their introduction to the market 50 years ago.
Learn more here.
Challenge your students to trace the roots of a popular product in the marketplace to learn the history and economics behind the product.

April 8
Article Image High School Teachers,
Please make plans to join us on April 8 for the Arkansas Personal Finance Challenge in Little Rock.
You may bring up to 2 teams of 3 to 4 members to participate in our statewide competition.
There will be no qualifying rounds or tests included in this competition. Teams participating will be giving a family scenario. They will have 1.5 hours to create a financial plan in a PowerPoint format to present to a panel of judges. Preliminary rounds will create 3 finalists for the championship round.
The winning Arkansas team will receive an all expense paid trip to compete in the 2020 National Personal Finance Challenge which will be held Monday, May 4, 2020, at the University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Business in Lincoln, Nebraska.
More details to follow. 
In the meantime, check out a sample case study here.

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