Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Donate to EconomicsWisconsin using AmazonSmile!

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Did you know that with very little effort, you can turn your online shopping into a pain-free donation to EconomicsWisconsin by shopping at Amazon (instead of Just go to and select EconomicsWisconsin (Wisconsin Council on Economic Education, Inc.) as the charity of your choice and Amazon donated 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to our organization. You will find that all of your Amazon account information is maintained at AmazonSmile, as well.

Thank you for remembering EconomicsWisconsin this holiday season.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

The 2015 Community Economic Explortion Project

Bringing the Community into the Classroom

This project encourages student teams to get out into their community and network with local business professionals as well as local government leaders and report their findings online. Students are required to conduct research of their community’s economy by interviewing stakeholders as well as looking into economic statistics of their area. The students’ findings should be complied into an attractive presentation using a web-based platform of their choice. Student teams are also required to make economic projections about their community based upon their findings.

How do I begin?
After the students are divided into teams of 2 to 4, their community should be defined. The students could agree to keep their community to the school district, the city or village limits, or a 25 mile radius. The community should not be larger than a county.

Introducing the Economy
Ask your students to name the businesses that make up their local economy. More often than not, they’ll name the top producers or chain stores, but remember the entrepreneurs in the community.  It is beneficial to the students to have a complete listing of the local businesses and this may take some research by the teacher.

Conducting Interviews
Before beginning the interview process, students should be informed of proper etiquette for interviews as well as brainstorming questions to ask.  Interviews can be done by the student teams or in the classroom setting. It may be beneficial to combine the two aspects and have a bigger business come into the classroom to present to the students.

Compiling the Results
After the statistical data is gathered and the interviews are conducted, the next step would be for the teams to compile the data and make their economic predictions. The rubric and outline of the project defines what data should be included. As far as presenting the data, EconomicsWisconsin requires a web link to the project.

Projects are due March 11, 2015.  Please email the links to
Please refer to the outline and rubric for a complete listing of the information required to complete this project.
  • First place - $750
  • Second Place - $500
  • Third Place - $250
Deadline for submissions is March 11, 2015

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

25th Annual ASET Meeting is scheduled for December 5!

Join EconomicsWisconsin for this one-day meeting at beautiful Miller Park. Our goal is to help answer the questions that you or your students may have on important economic and personal finance issues.

WHEN: Friday, December 5, 2014
WHERE: Miller Park | Johnson Controls Room
TIME: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
COST: $50.00
(*free curriculum to the first 50 participants!)

Tim O’Driscoll will host and present two topics. Scott Niederjohn and Sahar Bahmani will also be presenting.

The topics this year are:

  •  Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve
  • The Diminishing Middle Class
  • A Primer on Taxes
  •    The Economics of Raising The Minimum Wage

Register TODAY! Space is limited!  Just a few spots remaining for the *free* curriculum!

Free curriculum offered to the first 50 registrants. You can pick one of the following:

For more information, visit –
This event and the materials provided is sponsored by IBM.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

8th Annual Get Your Students Pumped Up on Personal Finance and Economics!

Have you been to your event in Lambeau? If you haven’t you are missing out on EconomicsWisconsin’s in partnership with Lakeland College Center for Economic Education and the Governor’s Council on Financial Literacy’s, biggest event.

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 17 and join in on a full day of economics and personal finance professional development. The day begins at 8:30 with registration and breakfast. The entire group comes together at 9 AM for a Welcome by Scott Niederjohn and David Mancl. The program continues on with two break-out sessions, one at 10:00 am and the next at 11:00 am. Lunch will be provided and Mark Murphy, the Green Bay Packer’s president, will honor the 2014 Excellence in teaching award winners. After lunch, the last breakout session will be held. The professional development day is over at 2:00 pm.

This year’s topics include:
  • The Geography of Jobs During the Great Recession and the Long, Slow Recovery 2007-2014
  • The Student Debt Crisis
  • The New World of Monetary Policy
  • Are you Living Beyond Your Means and Why is it So Difficult to Save?
  • The ACA and the Labor Market
  • This Little Piggy Cried Earn, Spend, Save: Creating a Classroom Economy
  • Educator Effectiveness and Personal Finance: It's a Match!
  • Currency and the Fed
  • Who Desegregated Major League Baseball: Jackie Robinson or Adam Smith?
  • Bringing Your Community into the Classroom: The Community Exploration Project
  • Talk to Your Kids About Money Panel Discussion
  • Financial Capability: Family Outreach and Coaching (Summit Session)
Last year’s event had over 200 participants and we expect to sell out again for 2014. Please make sure to register early either by credit card or by mail. Schools will not be invoiced for this event and it is a first come, first served basis. Spots cannot be put on hold. EconomicsWisconsin will not accept payment at the door for registrants.

This event is sponsored by Department of Financial Institutions, Fox Communities Credit Union, the Green Bay Packers, IBM, Kohler Foundation, The Vollrath Company and Windway Foundation, Inc.

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