Spring workshop registration open

For spring of 2015, the JMU Center for Economic Education is offering a wide-ranging set of economic education workshops for K-12 educators. Topics include the Stock Market Game, personal finance, and economics in children’s literature. All workshops feature free registration and certificates for recertification points as allowed by your school system. Read more about the workshops and sign up at the workshop registration page.

Stover lesson on The Giver published

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

The summer institute story

Here’s a video that tells the story of the Summer Institute in Economics at JMU in 2014. It was great preparation for the new required high school class in economics and personal finance:

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.

Stover lesson published

JMU’s Lynne Stover has authored a lesson on Booker T. Washington, who was born a slave in Virginia but rose to a distinguished career in higher education. The lesson, recently published on the Council for Economic Education’s national website econedlink, draws out economic content in the picture book Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim. Stover’s lesson includes content, activities, and links to additional resource materials. Here again is a link to the lesson:


and here is a link to all of Stover’s currently available lessons on econedlink.org:


Stover: Personal finance can be fun

pigIn two new articles published at Scholar’s Choice, JMU’s Lynne Stover says that teaching financial concepts can be fun — and doesn’t have to be done in an exclusive class taught at a specific time.  “Actually, integrating concepts that deal with decision-making and money matters into the curriculum is not only easy, it allows student to make connections between the content being taught and ‘real world’ understandings,” Stover writes.

Her suggestions include classroom barter discussions, writing activities about money, and job-related activities. Here are the two posts:

Students team up with Delegate Landes to win

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From left, Gabino Cruz-Hernandez and Davey Stone show Del. Landes their winning ranking on the computer, joined by teammate Joshua Varner.

Delegate Steve Landes (R-25th district) checked in at Turner Ashby High School May 14 to congratulate students who, paired with him in an investing contest, took first place statewide. The students turned $100,000 of computer money into a simulated $117,378.93 in 10 weeks.

Landes and the students took part in the spring semester “General Assembly Challenge” organized by the Virginia Council on Economic Education. The students on the winning team were Gabino Cruz-Hernandez, Davey Stone and Joshua Varner.

They competed against other General Assembly-student teams statewide, buying and selling stocks with virtual money. Winners will be recognized later this month at the statewide awards ceremony at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.

Delegate Landes congratulated teacher Chris Noll’s math students on their investment skills and ability to work together effectively as a team. “I have been impressed with how well you did as a team,” Landes told the students, “but the most important thing is the valuable real-world experiences you have gained.”

Noll’s team was supported locally with training and resources from the James Madison University Center for Economic Education, an affiliated center of the Virginia Council on Economic Education.

“This game is particularly engaging because students do research and then work as a team to make their investment decisions,” said Lynne Stover, teacher consultant with the JMU center. “And all along the way, it reinforces math and analytical skills, business concepts, and personal finance basics.”

“It’s great to see hard work pay off for Chris’s students,” said William C. Wood, director of the JMU center.

The Richmond-based VCEE coordinates the Stock Market GameTM in Virginia as one of several programs to promote K-12 economic and financial education and provide professional development for teachers. For more information about VCEE, visit www.VCEE.org.

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Del. Landes hears Turner Ashby math teacher Chris Noll explain how students learned from studying investments and personal finance.