Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Final days to register for the EconomicsWisconsin Econ for Opinion Leaders: School and Board of Education Professional Development Workshop

If you missed last month’s workshop for School Board and Board of Education members in Green Bay, there is one more two-day session offered. EconomicsWisconsin is offering Economics for Opinion Leaders later this week in Stevens Point, WI.

DATE: Friday and Saturday, September 19 – 20, 2014

WHERE: Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 1001 Amber Ave., Stevens Point, WI 54482

TIME: Friday begins at 7:30 am and ends at 4 pm. Happy hour and a reception after

Saturday begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3 pm

Registration is $25.00 and a stipend to help cover the costs of travel is offered.

Register online today online or call Stephanie at (414)221-9785 to register.

This two-day workshop provides the essentials of macro and micro economics and covers basic economic principals. The presenters will cover the economic way of thinking, GDP, the unemployment rate, the role of the Federal Reserve, and many other topics. To view an agenda, please visit our website.

We invite you to forward this information onto your School District Superintendent.

What others have said about Economics for Opinion Leaders for School Board and Board of Education members:

· “Ability to explain emotionally charged topics without political animosity.” – Past attendee

· “Best program on this topic I have been to in a long while.” - Past attendee

· “Very informative; opened my eyes to new concepts.” – Past attendee

· “Terms, language, and examples made so that I/we can more effectively and more accurately discuss issues.” – Past attendee



Friday, September 12, 2014

2014 and 2015 dates for the Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation



Quite possibly the most widely known program supported by EconomicsWisconsin and its sponsors is the Stock Market Simulation (SMS). This year, the SMS returns with the same great prizes for the first place team in the 10 week division: a trip to New York City.

For the 2014-2015 school year, EconomicsWisconsin will be hosting three challenges. There will be a 10-week fall challenge beginning October 13 and it will run through December 19.

Also starting October 13, is the School Year Challenge. This challenge is open to trading through April 17, 2015. This allows for students to really get a feel for long term investments. The prizes for this challenge are cash!

The cost per 10-week team is $25.00 and the cost for the School Year Challenge team is $40.00. Registration can be made online through the Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation Website.

If you plan on participating this year with a team or two, please make sure to read the Teacher Guide found on our website. There are rules listed on page 4.

EconomicsWisconsin also offers a free teacher training workshop before the start of trading. This fall’s workshop is Friday, September 26 at 8:00 am at the office on 76th and Bluemound Rd in Milwaukee. Registration can be made online and we’ll have a continental breakfast, lunch, and curriculum for all attendees.

Looking forward to spring, the 10-week challenge will begin Monday, February 9, 2015 and will conclude on Friday, April 17. Registration will open in January for this challenge.

The Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation is sponsored by Robert W. Board & Co., Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, RBC Wealth Management, and Security Traders Association of Wisconsin.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In Memory - Jim Flora

It's with a sad heart that I bring you today's blog post. Mr. Jim Flora passed away on Sunday afternoon, July 13.

Jim was a terrific man and touched many lives. He was a social studies teacher at New Holstein for 40 years. He was a member of the EconomicsWisconsin board, serving as State Program Director. He taught econ in in Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Croatia. Above all, he was a great man; a true original.

Our thoughts are with Jim's wife and family during this time of grief.

In Memory
 Jim Flora
1942 – 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Econ for Opinion Leaders - Non Profit Managers, Employees, and Clergy

For the fourth year, EconomicsWisconsin is offering Economics for Opinion Leaders – Nonprofit Manager, Employees, and Clergy. In year’s past, EconomicsWisconsin has held this two-day event in Milwaukee. This year, we are moving the venue to Madison. The professional development sessions will be held at the

Madison Club, 5 E. Wilson Street on Monday and Tuesday, August 4 and 5.

Clergy, managers, and executive employees from the nonprofit sector are deluged with daily reports on issues that have important economic implications upon the community they serve. We invite your participation because we believe that developing a clearer understanding of basic economic principles can provide you with new insights regarding how the economy influences the lives of the people you serve each day.

Registration is open now for either event online or by calling Stephanie at (414) 221-9785. Registration cost is $25.00 and includes beverages, continental breakfast and lunch. This workshop will be led by Mark C. Schug, Ph.d. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Scott Niederjohn, Ph.d. Lakeland College - Sheboygan.

There is a stipend available to those that attend the workshop both days. This is to help offset the cost of traveling. The information to receive the $200 stipend will be available at the workshop.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Introducing Econ for Opinion Leaders School Board Members

Last year, EconomicsWisconsin introduced Economics for Opinion Leaders to School Board members.  This two-day conference for school board members provided information intended to help develop a clearer understanding of basic economic principles, and offer insights on how the economy influences the lives of the people you serve and the community surrounding your school. Our experienced presenters are award winning economists who will discuss such topics as why some nations are rich and others are poor, along with the purpose of the Federal Reserve and much more.  The seminar features engaging presentations, “hands on” activities, simulations, and discussions.

With the help of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, the event in August last year sold out! Due to its popularity, EconomicsWisconsin is offering the two-day professional development opportunity for School Board members twice this summer/fall. 

The first workshop is August 6 and 7, 2014 in Green Bay, WI at Lambeau Field. We’ll hold this session in an MVP Box overlooking Lambeau Field. 

The second two-day session is September 19 and 20, 2014 in Stevens Point, WI. This event will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center.

Registration is open now for either event online or by calling Stephanie at (414) 221-9785. Registration cost is $25.00 and includes beverages, continental breakfast and lunch. This workshop will be led by Mark C. Schug, Ph.d. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Scott Niederjohn, Ph.d. Lakeland College - Sheboygan.

There is a stipend available to those that attend the workshop both days. This is to help offset the cost of traveling. The information to receive the $200 stipend will be available at the workshop.



Thursday, June 12, 2014

12 days! National Institute of Financial and Economic Literacy Summer Series Begins


THE COUNTDOWN IS ON!!

We thought this day would never arrive.  Summer!!  Especially in Wisconsin, where our average high from December 1 – February 28 was 12 degrees!

In addition, the school year is winding down!  In fact, for many of you, today is your last day teaching for this school year!!   

For others, it is the beginning of your summer programs for the children of your community, and the community itself! 

There are only 12 days until NIFEL opens for the Summer!  A few slots are still available in some of the classes.  This is a nationally recognized program and the original training program for financial literacy education.

The courses this year are:

  • Paychecks, Financial Contracts and Entrepreneurship {June 23-27, 2014}
  • Investor Education, Economics and Insurance {July 14 -18, 2014}
  • Credit and Money {July 28-30, 2014}


As many of you know, these classes are extremely interesting and creative.  The $300 registration fee includes room and board at Edgewood College.  You may also earn 3 graduate credits in education or economics for an additional $495 (optional). To register go to http://www.edgewood.edu/Events/NIFEL

Please feel free to forward this to your colleagues in the teaching professional and the community.  If you have any questions, you may contact Erin Bykowski (ebykowski@edgewood.edu) or Deb Weier (dweier@edgewood.edu) at Edgewood College.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Spring 2014 Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation Winners

Congratulations to the 2014 Spring Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation (SMS) winners from
Marinette High School. The winners Cody Tessmer and Jordan Eatherton ended the 10 week simulation with a 27.38% return and a value of $127,378.68. The team members along with their advisor, Mikal Gunderson, were awarded the traveling trophy and a trip to New York City to visit the floor of the NY Stock Exchange. While in New York, the students saw a Broadway Show, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and they toured Yankee Stadium.

Second place in the State of Wisconsin were Sean Connor, Luke Mixon, and Nick Quandt from Brookfield Academy. They had a portfolio value of $119,120.49 with a 19.12% return. Their advisor for the SMS is Eric Vollmar. Third place went to Sheboygan North High School. The team members are Jared Parise, Jacob Nytes, Harald Lambert, Yeekeng Yang, and Ben VanVeghel. Their portfolio value was $118,290.90 and had a 18.29% return. Sheboygan North's advisor is Timothy Brown.

Also awarded were the School Year Challenge trophies. The School Year Challenge is similiar to the 10 week challenge, which runs October through December and February through April, but runs October through April. First place went to Royall High School and Vincent Segovia, Lane Kobel, and Hunter Bigham. Second Place went to Pius XI High School (Milwaukee) and Alex Gardipee, Jordan Kiokee, Jared Bergstom, and Anthony Rodriquez. third place went to Mike Wu from Pius XI High School (Milwaukee).

The Stock Market Simulation (SMS) is an easy and simple method of learning how to invest in the stock market without using real money. Students manage hypothetical $100,000 investment portfolios as they compete for a trip to NYC where they will tour the NYSE, visit the Statue of Liberty, and catch a Broadway show. Ten week games are offered each semester. A separate year long program runs each October to April. The Wisconsin Stock Market Simulation is the ONLY game in Wisconsin where students are awarded with prizes and the winning teams are invited to an awards banquet where they receive medals, T-shirts, and certificates.