Monday, August 8, 2011

Join the Gen i Revolution

One of the books that we use a lot as a reference point for teachers is Learning, Earning and Investing. EconomicsWisconsin uses it mainly to educate teachers on the Stock Market in use for our Stock Market Simulation.  Also a variety of our workshops cover a topic, activity or lesson from the LEI.  It is a great reference and teaching tool.

The Council on Economic Education has yet another great resource that goes along with the lesson plans from the LEI.  It is the Gen i Revolution.  This free, online game consists of fifteen interactive missions in which students complete a variety of activities to help them learn important personal finance concepts. Within each mission, students are introduced to a character who is facing a particular financial crisis. As a part of the Gen i Revolution, the student learns about the crisis, strategically selects “Operatives”, and then completes activities with the ultimate goal of solving the mission.

This game is geared towards 6th - 12th graders and each "mission" (there are 15 in all) takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Feel free to look around there site and sign yourself up to play!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Fall is Right Around the Corner

Here in Wisconsin it seems like Summer just appeared here and it is hard to talk about the Fall.  But we must.

EconomicsWisconsin has a great fall line up for you!

Starting off in LaCrosse, WI on September 30.  Then off to Green Bay, WI at Lambeau Field on October 14 and then off to Lake Geneva to enjoy the fall colors on the grounds of Geneva National on the 21st of October.

Make sure you are signed up for our mailing list or like us on Facebook. We'll keep you on top of all that is happening and may give out a deal or two.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Workshop August 9th & 10th

EconomicsWisconsin is very pleased to announce that our Economics For Opinion Leaders Workshop is sold out.  There currently is a waiting list for this 2 day program for Clergy, Non Profit Managers and Charter & Parochial School Teachers.  You can read more about this fabulous program and our Sponsors - A.O. Smith Foundation & the Dept. of Financial Institution (DFI) here.

Please contact our Program Coordinator to be placed on the waiting list.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Stock Market Simulation Challenge

We have been asked this question repeatedly since the end of the school year.  Teachers that are either teaching a summer econ course or just are running a summer fun class are looking for a version of our Stock Market Simulation to play with their kids. 

StockTrak, the company that runs our School Year SMS Challenges has a free version that you can play with your students during the summer months.  It is very similar to the  the site is called Wall Street Survivor and can be found here.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Last day for the free Stock Market Simulation teams

I just want to remind you that today is the last day to register for the free stock market simulation teams.  You can sign up for these teams online or fax in this form to us at (414) 221-9790. 

If you are unsure how to play the SMS - we do offer a free Workshop on the basics of the Stock Market and how to play this simulation.  The workshop is on Monday, September 26th at the Northwestern Mutual building in Franklin, Wisconsin.  The workshop starts at 8 AM and lasts until 3 PM.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Money, Money, Honey Bunny!

One statement that is heard often and said many times during EconomicsWisconsin's workshops and confrences is to "Start Early" with teching kids personal finance.

Anyone with young children can attest to their ability to catch on very quickly to concepts that interest them.  One of the ways to reach out to them is via books.  Money, Money, Honey Bunny is perfect for preschool through fourth graders.  The book is reasonably priced and can be found in most local libraries or via Amazon

What makes this story even better is the fun lesson plans!  A quick search found the lesson plan on many different websites.  Here is the link on the Philadelphia Fed and more information on There are some reviews on the lesson at as well.  And this is just a starting point.  From here you can talk more about saving and spending.  About piggy banks and "regular" banks where mom and dad put their money.  And about giving to charity.  These are all great lessons and an great entry into personal finance and economic literacy.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Are you a member of GATE?

If you have ever attended an EconomicsWisconsin workshop or even, each folder is stuff with useful information.  One item that I want to draw attention to is GATE.

GATE is a global membership organization sponsored by the Council for Economic Education exclusively for K-12 teachers and others who are interested in economic, financial and entrepreneurship education.

The BEST part of GATE is that it is free.  Yes. Free. 

By joining GATE you receive newsletters, web newsletters, discounts on CEE Materials (books, DVDs and so on) and half price on CEE conferences.

So dig through your old EW conference materials and look for the postcard or you can sign up online.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stock Market Simulation - Free Teams!

With the budget worries almost every school is facing for the upcoming school year, EconomicsWisconsin would like to offer teachers BOGO (buy one, get one) Stock Market Simulation teams!

This is an swesome deal - each team is $20.00 and EW suggests no more than 5 students per team! We have competitions for Elementary, Middle School and High School as well as Adult & College competitions.  We also offer a Deptartment of Corrections competition. 

To sign up for your FREE teams - visit