jmulogoOur mission is to promote economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Here are some of the things we can offer you to help:

Upcoming events

Stock Market Game workshop

September 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm, Harrisonburg High School

Reading Makes Cent$ workshop

September 23, 2015 at 3:45 pm, John Wayland Elementary School

Pocket Power Foldables workshop

October 21, 2015 at 3:45 pm, South River Elementary School

Dragons Decide workshop

November 4, 2015 at 3:45 pm, Smithland Elementary School

Natural Disasters in Children's Literature workshop

November 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm, Ice House, Harrisonburg

Election Economics workshop

December 3, 2015 at 3:45 pm, Ice House, Harrisonburg

New Econ and Personal Finance Resources workshop

December 8, 2015 at 3:45 pm, Ice House, Harrisonburg

Literary Heroines-Economics workshop

December 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm, Ice House, Harrisonburg

Stover lesson on The Giver published

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A lesson by JMU’s Lynne Stover based on the award-winning young adult book The Giver has been published by the Council for Economic Education on the council’s national resource site, econedlink.org. Stover’s lesson, “Jonas Makes a Choice,” guides students through benefits, costs and decision-making using The Giver as a common point of references for students and the teacher. The lesson includes an assessment activity and multiple extensions. (Students will be familiar with The Giver because of its recent release as a full-length movie starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep.)

Here’s that link again: The Giver lesson

and here’s a link to all of Stover’s work on econedlink: Stover lessons

Stock Market Game winners honored

UntitledHere’s the Stock Market Game team from Wilson Elementary in Fishersville, posing at the state awards ceremony in Richmond. These four students won the elementary division of the fall 2013 game. The students were advised by Linda Bowers, librarian at Wilson. The students started with a hypothetical $100,000 and parlayed it into $108,388 in 10 weeks. All regional winners of the Stock Market Game are to be recognized at a reception at James Madison University on May 15. The JMU Center for Economic Education provides training and support for area teachers. Competition is conducted statewide by the Virginia Council on Economic Education.

Stover lesson published in SSRP

eraseA lesson by JMU’s Lynne Stover has been published by the peer-reviewed journal, Social Studies Research and Practice. The lesson, now available online, helps students understand the content of Unspoken: A Story from the Underground Railroad. In this Civil War-era story, a farm girl in the South discovers a runaway slave and faces important choices about what to do next. This lesson is one in a series by the journal based on Notable Trade Books designated by the National Council for the Social Studies.