Workshops and Lessons

NIU’s Center for Economic Education offers workshops at a location near you! All professional development is aligned with Common Core Math and English Language Arts Standards. Even better, our workshops provide activities you can use immediately in your classroom. By attending, you can also earn CPDU professional development hours or course credit. Workshops can be scheduled on professional development days, on Super Saturdays, any day at your Regional Office of Education or evenings at one of our satellite sites or your school district. Call Tammy Batson at or email to schedule a workshop.

Available Lessons

Aggregate Supply and Demand Selfies: Active Learning with Photo Submission

Available Workshops


EconEdLink is an online resource created by the Council for Economics Education. It includes hundreds of free economic and personal finance lessons and classroom activities that that easily searchable by concept, grade level, standard and subject, as well as free online professional development videos. Our workshop will teach you to navigate this easy-to-use resource and to apply the hands-on, classroom tested lessons in your own class.

Also available from the Council for Economic Education are regularly scheduled online, free professional development webinars. Find out more on their website.

The Stock Market Game™

The Stock Market Game ™ is an online simulation to teach students about saving and investing. The workshops demonstrate how to engage students and include curriculum materials for teachers and their students in grades 4-12. SMG, a program of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association for Investor Education, is provided for Illinois teachers by Econ Illinois. InvestWrite is an extension of the SMG. Students and teachers have opportunities to win state and national prizes through this writing competition. Students are given a detailed writing prompt related to what they learned through the SMG. Essays are chosen within three grade levels: 4th-5th grade, 6th-8th grade and high school.

Financial Fitness for Life

Financial Fitness for Life training introduces teachers to strategies that help students make thoughtful, well-informed decisions about important aspects of personal finance, including earning income, spending, saving, borrowing, investing and managing money. Lessons introduced will be tailored to specific grade span audiences and based on real-world concepts.

Personal Finance and Children's Literature

This teacher training focuses on money management topics in children’s stories. Particularly of interest to elementary and gifted teachers (K-8), these activities address concepts developmentally appropriate to the teachers’ assignments.

Economics and Children's Literature

This training focuses on the six economic concepts (scarcity, opportunity cost, goods and services, specialization, producers and consumers, and productive resources) that are found in children’s stories.

Economics and Math

This training focuses on the integration of math skills with economic topics. Teachers are directed to resources for grades K-4, grades 5-8, and grades 9-12. Hands-on activities and engagement are aligned to those specific audiences. All lessons identify the Common Core Standards and can be found on the VE-4.5 resource.

Using Fairy Tales to Teach Economics

Fairy tales and folk tales offer excellent examples of economic and personal finance topics that elementary students will grasp immediately and enjoy learning.

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