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Welcome back to the start of the 2018-2019 school year!  We hope you have had a restful summer and a productive start to the school year. We were busy over break planning for an exciting year of economic education!  Some of our favorite moments were hosting a successful personal finance summer institute, planning workshops for educators, and naming our Excellence in Economics Award winners.

Congratulations to our Excellence in Economics Award Winners!
Grand Prize Winners: K-2 Winners: Middle School Winners:
Tara Counts and Caitlin Mueller:

J. Frank Hillyard Middle School

Virginia Munns:

Smithland Elementary School


Linda King, Holly Bazzle, Lacey Clark, Stephanie Driver:

John C. Meyers Elementary School

Nora Fletcher:

J. Frank Hillyard Middle School


Callie Randolph: Skyline Middle School


Cynthia Lam: Elkton Middle School

Reserve grand prize Winners: 3-5 Winners: High School Winner:
Lisa Long and Walt Williamson: Harrisonburg High School


Tammy May and Tara Hardy: John C. Meyers Elementary School Bethany Everidge:  Harrisonburg High School

Shenandoah Valley Economic Education Inc. will join with the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in recognizing the award winners at the Harrisonburg Rotary Club meeting on October 8th.

Please congratulate these distinguished educators for their excellent work in promoting economic literacy in their schools.


We want to invest in your classroom’s focus on economic literacy!
There are mini-grants available for funding economic resources for your own classroom.


2018 Workshops for Educators
Stock Market Game: September, 10

Help your students corner the stock market and get tips on how to make sure you can beat them in the competition!


Using Pop Culture to Teach Economics: September, 18

Turn student’s toys into your tools!  Learn how to integrate pop culture into your existing economics and personal finance curriculum.


Using Economics to Teach about Elections: October, 9

Gain ways to utilize economic reasoning to teach students about political elections and decisions people make when choosing whom to vote for in the midterm elections.


Intro to the Classroom Mini-Economy: October, 16

Learn the basics of introducing the Mini-Economy into your classroom as a great PBA tool, or to prepare for the GEM Fair


From Adam Smith to Zheng He, Economic Concepts throughout World History: October, 23

Get access to simulations and activities that illustrate the role economics played throughout world history.


Economics of Immigration: November, 14

Immigration is a major topic in the news today.  Gain a deeper understanding of this complex topic as well as lessons and resources you can use in your classes.


Playful Economics: November, 28

Teach children economic concepts using modelling clay!  These lessons will stay with your kids for a lifetime.


Virginia Reads One Book: December, 4

Teach your students about entrepreneurship through the adventures in Cleo Edison Oliver Playground Millionaire by Sundee T. Frazier.  EVERY ATTENDEE GETS A COPY OF THE BOOK!


Congratulations to Chris Runion, the new Chairman of Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc.

Look for us on social media for information about upcoming workshops and resources!

Twitter @JMUeconed, JMU Center for Economic Education Facebook page, and Instagram @jmueconed

We want this year to be your most successful year.  Please contact our new Associate Director for Program John Kruggel at with questions, requests, and inquiries.