Planning is underway for the 2019 Kansas Social Studies Conference!
We hope that social studies teachers currently part of the profession, pre-service teachers planning to enter the profession, and vendors passionate about supporting the profession will all join us at Newman University October 20-21 for two exciting days of networking, collaborating, and learning from one another.
This year we will be joined by keynote speaker Dr. John Fea, Professor of American History at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Fea will be speaking about his 2013 book Why Study History? and sharing how reflecting on contemporary life from a historical perspective helps us better understand ourselves and the world around us.
Have something that would be great to share with other educators? Please submit a proposal for a breakout session! The deadline has been extended to make sure we don’t miss any great opportunities to see what you’re doing in the classroom.
Find out more and register for the conference here.
This week’s post comes from Angela Howdeshell: I work as the Vice President for Programs and Administration for the Kansas Council for Economic Education, a non-profit organization housed at Wichita State University with a mission of helping Kansas K-12 schools integrate financial literacy and economic education.
Engage your students by integrating economics into your social studies classes! Any kindergarten teacher all the way to a high school history teachers is bound to find many places were economics can easily be expanded to add great value. The Council for Economic Education has simplified job by giving you the background and the lessons & activities. Take a few minutes this week to start reviewing the many free online lessons and professional development opportunities that have recently been added to www.EconEdLink.org. There is something for everyone and the new website features allow you to search by grade level, topic, subject, keyword and more! Be sure to join for free and you can save your favorites and receive updates on new opportunities for training.
This pre-holiday week post is from Angela Howdeshell: I work as the Vice President for Programs and Administration for the Kansas Council for Economic Education, a non-profit organization housed at Wichita State University with a mission of helping Kansas K-12 schools integrate financial literacy and economic education.
How do today’s students become more competitive in this ever-changing global economy? One of the best ways is to increase the level of understanding in regards to economic issues. As citizens of this great Nation, we should all strive to be better consumers, producers, workers, investors, voters and all around better decision makers in everything we do. This makes the case for economic literacy in the classroom. Kansas and the entire Nation will gain when we increase the level of economic education in Kansas.
Many people think that economics is rather abstract and difficult to teach to our youth. While we might be a little biased in the Council for Economic Education network of states councils, we very strongly disagree. Economic education must have priority in our K-12 school system just like we teach math, language arts and history. Economic education should have foundations laid as students progress in their level of understanding. At the age of 18, students can vote but we know that many lack the most basic understanding of economics.
Economics concepts are easy to integrate across the curriculum into language arts, math, science and social studies since economics is everywhere. While many say economics is boring, most teachers introduced to great resources are very excited to go back and teach economics in their classroom. Economics is practical and it definitely relates to the real world. Students will instinctively recognize the relationship when teachers bring them engaging lessons.
Schools and teachers will also find that teaching economics can also be easy on the ol’ budget. Free educational resources and professional development opportunities are readily available in most states, including Kansas. The Kansas Council for Economic Education (KCEE) is here to help Kansas schools. KCEE has partnered with the Foundation for Teaching Economics to bring Kansas teachers a special one-day training:
July 25: Understanding Global Economic Issues – an event offered in partnership with the Foundation for Teaching Economics for 6th-12th grade teachers incorporating global economic concepts into classes. Focus of program is on current global economic issues with a variety of lecture/discussion sessions and case studies/simulations adapted for classroom use.
FREE one day professional development event
Location – Lake Quivira Country Club, south of the Kansas Speedway off Hwy 435
$50 stipend if accepted by 10th
Optional: One hour graduate credit in economics from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (approximately $122). Assignment to be given during program seminar.
Why do people trade – across city lines, state lines, or national borders? Are we better off with or without trade? Will trade hurt or benefit certain groups of people? How do some nations try to distort trade patterns?
These questions and many more are incorporated into the various lecture/discussion sessions and case studies that serve as the basis for the FTE One Day seminar on Understanding Global Economic Issues.
Presented in a non-biased manner, issues that face nations throughout the world will be explored and discussed. Case studies and simulations may be adapted to variety of classes and disciplines.
The primary economics concepts emphasized throughout the sessions will be those related to the role of trade in raising standards of living and how policies can be developed to accomplish this goal.
Sessions will focus on current global trade patterns, trade alliances, impact of changes in exchange rates, and trade-offs that occur as trade patterns change over time.
KCEE also offers other ways to help schools. Webinars will be available in August for some programs and events. Most states have a Council affiliated with the Council for Economic Education is a non-profit education organization with a great network of state Councils.
This week’s contributor is Angela Howdeshell: I work as the Vice President for Programs and Administration for the Kansas Council for Economic Education, a non-profit organization housed at Wichita State University with a mission of helping Kansas K-12 schools integrate financial literacy and economic education.
While most of the United States is busy finishing up their last minute taxes or filing extensions, many are also taking advantage of this time to focus on K-12 financial literacy. April has been declared Financial Literacy Month (#FinLitMonth) and many groups have been busy hosting Financial Literacy Month special events, developing new educational resources, and taking advantage of this month to advocate for increased support for financial literacy.
Kansas is not alone in working to encourage youth to become more financially literate. The choices available to students today require them to be equipped with a strong understanding of economics and critical-thinking skills in order to increase their changes for a successful financial future. Just one bad decision can catapult them into a life full of unplanned challenges that can stay with them for a lifetime.
Angela Howdeshell is the Vice President for Programs and Administration for the Kansas Council for Economic Education, a non-profit organization housed at Wichita State University with a mission of helping Kansas K-12 schools integrate financial literacy and economic education.
As a parent, I worked hard to find many different and creative ways to encourage my child to eat nutritious foods. I would sneak it in whenever possible and sometimes in very creative ways. There were times he noticed and then times he did not. I hoped for more times where he did NOT notice. Then I would struggle with the decision of whether or not I would tell him what he had just eaten. Mostly, I chose to wait to tell him until much later down the road after he had eaten it several times.
I know that I learned this game from my mother and father. They were always trying to convince me that I could not survive on ravioli, burritos and pizza for every meal. I refused to accept that terrible story that sounded like a big lie to me. These foods seemed to have everything I thought I needed. Mom definitely tried in every way possible to force me to eat those red, green and orange things coming out of our massive garden, which she dedicated many hours tending to. Outside of the strawberry patch, there were very few things I would consider trying. Okay, maybe it had a little to do with a stubborn streak too. My parents always hoped that I would have my own child that was as picky as I was. They definitely got their wish! My son could possibly be worse than I was.
One successful way that I remember my mother succeeding to change my eating plan was with her chocolate zucchini cake. NEVER would I have touched a zucchini baked, fried, or any other way where it showed any skin, texture or taste of that very beneficial vegetable. It would just be unacceptable in my books. She succeeded this rare time and before I even knew it, I was chowing down that amazing cream cheese frosting and grabbing my second piece when she told me what was in the cake. I had already admitted that I loved it so I had to embrace the fact that I lost the “hide the food” game that day. Continue reading Teaching Economics through the Lens of Sports→