The NIU Center for Economic Education was established in 1970 to provide economic education professional development programs for K-12 teachers in the northern Illinois region. The center offers teachers, school districts and community organizations the curriculum, resources and training necessary to teach the fundamental concepts and skills students need to understand and succeed in our market economy.
We are part of Econ Illinois and the Council for Economic Education, a network of educators recognized across the country as the premier provider of economic education professional development programs for teachers, curriculum consulting, curriculum materials and student economic education programs. Our programs integrate the teaching of economics (including consumer economics) throughout the curriculum. We also offer training in economics courses and in providing economics and financial literacy programs to help schools develop a comprehensive curriculum for economics.
Located in NIU's P-20 Center, we serve the 11 counties in the northern Illinois region from McHenry, Kane and DuPage County School Districts 203 and 204 in the east to the Mississippi River in the west and south to I-80.
Tammy Batson, Director
Tammy Batson is the Director of the Northern Illinois University Center for Economic Education. She is the Undergraduate Coordinator for the Department of Economics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She focuses on innovative teaching techniques for her courses on contemporary economics, macroeconomics, and government and business. All of her classes emphasize current events and discussion of numerous contemporary videos. Dr. Batson completed her doctorate exploring school choice policies and quantifying neighborhood school qualities. Parts of her dissertation research have been published in the journal Land Economics.
Judith Dymond, Coordinator
Dr. Dymond brings to the Center for Economic Education extensive experience and background as a K-12 administrator, teacher, and reading specialist, including several years as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. Her doctorate is in educational leadership from National Louis University. Her dissertation research focused on connecting K-12 schools to community resources.
A multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee brings a wealth of approaches to the center’s mission and programs.
Tammy Batson, Ph.D., Director NIU Center for Economic Education and Undergraduate Coordinator, NIU Department of Economics
Carl Campbell, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, NIU Department of Economics
Judith Dymond, Ed.D., Coordinator, NIU Center for Economic Education
Sadie Filipski, Teacher and NIU Alumna
Josh Huseman, Director, Private Client Services, First National Bank
Ursula Sullivan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, NIU Department of Marketing
Gina Nicolosi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Finance
Current Economic Student Association President