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Teaching Economics and Financial Literacy Conference

Seventh Annual K-12 Teaching Economics and Financial Literacy Conference

January 23, 2015

Econ Illinois’ signature conference will welcome K-12 teachers to this year's event on Friday, January 23, 2015. This all –day conference will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and will bring engaging presentations that feature the newest available curriculum and programs designed to integrate economics and financial literacy into any classroom.

Designed for the K-12 spectrum, the 2015 Conference will highlight how teaching the art of decision making, teamwork, and critical thinking provides an avenue through which educators address the Common Core State Standards, foster the development of both cognitive and non-cognitive skills, and build the foundation that leads to college, career readiness and civic awareness.

Newly developed break out sessions at the K-8 level will include STEM applications and ways to teach cultural diversity through literature while infusing economics and personal finance. Sessions at the 9-12 level will highlight CEE's newly launched Math and the Real World curriculum site and the new curriculum piece Focus:  HS Economics.  All grade level breakout sessions will be aligned to the Danielson Framework for Teaching.  The afternoon will bring options from Talk With Our Kids About Money (TWOKAM) and the Finance Learning Exchange along with a session that will guide you through steps for measuring your financial health.

Registration, meals, participation stipends, and curriculum materials are available at no financial cost to each eligible full time K-12 Illinois teacher. Registration and attendance requirements apply.


Registration for the Teaching Economics and Financial Literacy Conference scheduled for January 23, 2015, is now closed. Please check back with us and watch Tuesday Tips for information on next year's conference. The timing of the conference may be changing/moving to the fall. Please stay tuned as updates become available! You’ll find the most up to date information under our Key Programs and Teacher Programs pages, and be sure to browse through our Professional Development page for other opportunities.

Presenters and Volunteers (click here if you will be attending as a presenter or volunteer)

For more information for the 2015 Conference, choose from the following:

 John LeFeber, CEE technology guru John LeFeber, CEE technology guru 3M Outstanding Economic Educator Peter Duffer

Presenters demonstrate how to integrate economics and financial literacy into the K-12classroom!

Teacher feedback includes:

  • This is the go-to conference for all educators, at any grade level. Each year it delivers fun and useful tips, a plethora of resources and materials, and current methodologies that I can use immediately.
  • TEFL is one of the best conferences for teachers of the 21st century classroom.
  • This program is vital for economic and financial literacy education and definitely should continue; there is no replacement for the program's value.
  • Hands-down, this is the best conference out there for educators. Every year I walk away with multiple resources I can use in my classroom the very next day.

The 2015 Conference and the accompanying materials are made available to teachers through the generous support of 3Mgives, the Council for Economic Education, and Econ Illinois.