Program Tips & Tidbits
November 2019

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 attending will receive:
6 hours of professional development credit
Ready to use lesson plans
$75 substitute reimbursement
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.

We are excited to recognize 4 outstanding educators at our Bessie B. Moore Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, November 13th. Each of the winners will receive $1,000 cash prize for their creative approaches to teaching economics.
Next year this could be you! Join us for a webinar to learn more about the process.
Thursday, November 21
3:30 pm
Register here.
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Article ImageEconomists love to talk about trade. Why is that? Canadians want oranges in the middle of winter and have no way to efficiently grow them on their own. Trading is a way to encourage Florida orange grove owners to produce more than they could ever eat so they can exchange with others to receive goods or services they want.
In the trade game, participants will learn how to demonstrate some of the benefits of trade to their students and to think through questions like, “When is a trade a fair trade?” and “How can we increase the benefits that individuals in poor countries receive from being trading partners with rich countries?”
Participants attending will receive:
Two hours of professional development
Ready to use resources
Light snacks
$25 stipend
When:                                                             Where:
Monday, November 18, 2019                          St. Louis Federal Reserve
4:00-6:00 pm                                                   Little Rock Branch
                                                                        111 Center Street, #1000
                                                                        Little Rock, AR 72201
Register here.
*This workshop is available for certified educators currently under contract with a school system.

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This two-hour professional development will provide participants with techniques for mindfulness in the classroom. Economics is considered "the science of decision making." Activities will be shared to help students of all ages learn how to make informed decisions.
Additionally, the program will allow participants to learn about and discuss ways to bring health and wealth to your own life, and how to put that into practice within the classroom.
This workshop is for all age ranges, kindergarten to high school, and for all subject areas.

Presenter: Jessica Culver, Master Economics Teacher
When: November 19, 2019                          Where:
           3:30-5:30 pm                                      Ozark High School
                                                                      1631 Hillbilly Drive
                                                                       Ozark, AR 72949
Register here.
*This workshop is available for certified educators currently under contract with a school system.

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Don't miss out on the Clinton Presidential Library's latest exhibit! Economics 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:
Two hours of professional development
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.

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'Tis the Season to talk economics!

Each year the American Farm Bureau and Arkansas Farm Bureau share the average cost of a meal for 10 in an annual survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table.
The shopping list for this survey includes turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, a veggie tray, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee and milk. 
The 2019 survey will be released next week.
Here is the 2018 national data. This link shares last year's state data.
Be sure to check out next week for the 2019 data.
EconEdLink has a lesson on the cost of Thanksgiving Dinner here.

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Did you know the first parade was created in 1924 by Macy's employees eager to celebrate Christmas and draw attention to their department store? The employees marched six miles, from Harlem to Herald's Square, dressed as clowns, knights and cowboys.
Floats were pulled by horses until 1939, when NBC broadcasted the parade for the first time.
According to CBS News, the estimated annual cost of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade ranges between $11.6 million and $13.4 million. The cost of property taxes, staff salaries, float decorations and supplies is between $2.7 million and $4.5 million.
There are many great economic connections that can be made with this annual event.
A fun book to accompany this parade is Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet. You may find a read aloud version here.

Article ImageCheck out EconEdLink's "On This Day in Economic History." You will find interesting facts that might serve as a springboard for economic discussions in your classroom.
Pick a date, visit this link and learn an economic fact.
(Scroll to the bottom of the site to find the calendar.)

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