High School teacher and students in the library.

The Center for Economic Education at Virginia Tech provides assistance to Virginia's educators in teaching economics and personal finance at the primary and secondary grade level. The center provides K-12 curricula and activities, in-service training workshops and graduate-credit courses for teachers. Other services include classroom visits from the center's staff, publication and dissemination of curricula on economic and personal finance concepts and issues, and coordination of the Stock Market Game (SMG). An additional focus of the center is to help policy-makers, extension agents, non-formal educators, and general citizens gain a better understanding of economic and financial principles for their decision-making.

The Virginia Tech Center for Economic Education is affiliated with the Virginia Council on Economic Education and Council on Economic Education. The center is part of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech and is affiliated with Virginia Cooperative Extension.

CEE Educator Resources

Workshops provide an opportunity for teachers to brush up on their knowledge of basic economic and financial concepts, familiarize themselves with the requirements included in the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL), and obtain tools and ideas for teaching basic economic and financial concepts in a fun and engaging manner. Workshops can be used to provide in-service training and recertification credits for teachers.

The Center for Economic Education offers teacher training workshops which can be customized to meet the needs and interests of specific groups of teachers. Contact Cheryl Ayers for more information. 

The Center for Economic Education's staff have also developed a range of curricula for K-12 teachers and extension agents specializing in topics related to the economics of the environment and natural resources.

Curricula developed through the Center include:

  • Saving the Bay with Dollars & Sense & SOLS
  • Teaching Environmental Economics: The Forest as Teacher
  • Teaching Environmental Economics: Inside and Outside the Classroom
  • Teaching Environmental Economics: Concepts and Strategies
  • Teaching Environmental Economics; Coal - The Power of Virginia

If you would like to order a copy of any of the above curriculum, please contact Cheryl Ayers.

The Center for Economic Education has a variety of resources available for borrowing free of charge. These e-materials are all designed to help teachers incorporate economics and personal finance into the current curriculum.

Materials from the lending library may be requested by emailing Cheryl Ayers.

Items include:

  • Curriculum guide and lesson plans for K-12;
  • Instructional videos;
  • Board and simulation games;
  • Stock Market Game resources

The Center for Economic Education's staff members are available for school visits to provide in-class demonstrations of educational activities designed to help students grasp basic economic and financial concepts and prepare for SOL testing.

If you would like to arrange for us to visit your classroom, please contact Cheryl Ayers or telephone at least one month prior to the date of the proposed visit.

The Center for Economic Education's staff members are available to help develop curriculum related to economic and personal finance SOLS. Contact the Center for more information. 

Saving the Bay with Dollars & Sense & SOLS

Saving the Bay with Dollars & Sense & SOLS (PDF | 1MB)

Education for Sustainable Development: K-12 Lessons Based on Virginia's Standards of Learning

Introduction and Overview

  • Education for Sustainable Development: An Integrated Curriculum (PDF | 5MB)

Volume 1: Elementary School

  • Welcome to the Global "Good Life": But is It Sustainable? (PDF | 794KB)
  • A Habitat for All (PDF | 608KB)
  • Natural Resources (PDF | 630KB)
  • The Life History of "Stuff": Production and Consumption (PDF | 546KB)

Volume 2: Middle School

  • Sustainable Forestry: Urban or Wild? (PDF | 383KB)
  • Sustaining our Water Resources (PDF | 272KB)
  • Sustainable Energy: Helping the "X" Family Meet their Goals (PDF | 177KB)
  • Green Technologies: Sustainable "Stuff" (PDF | 115KB)

Volume 2: High School

  • Sustainable Communities: A Way for Everyone to Win? (PDF | 172KB)
  • Home Sustainable Home: Green Building and Design Alternatives (PDF | 161KB)
  • Environmental Justice: Whose Resource is It? (PDF | 73KB)
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Feeding People Feeding the Soil (PDF | 209KB)

Volume 1: Elementary School

  • Welcome to the Global "Good Life": But is It Sustainable? (PDF | 737KB)
  • A Habitat for All (PDF | 527KB)
  • Natural Resources (PDF | 548KB)
  • The Life History of "Stuff": Production and Consumption (PDF | 485KB)

Volume 2: Middle School

  • Sustainable Forestry: Urban or Wild? (PDF | 325KB)
  • Sustaining our Water Resources (PDF | 238KB)
  • Sustainable Energy: Helping the "X" Family Meet their Goals (PDF | 138KB)
  • Green Technologies: Sustainable "Stuff" (PDF | 89KB)

Volume 2: High School

  • Sustainable Communities: A Way for Everyone to Win? (PDF | 172KB)
  • Home Sustainable Home: Green Building and Design Alternatives (PDF | 118KB)
  • Environmental Justice: Whose Resource is It? (PDF | 46KB)
  • Sustainable Agriculture: Feeding People Feeding the Soil (PDF | 104KB)

For quick access to all the websites cited throughout the curriculum, the websites are organized alphabetically in two groups. The first grouping shows websites alphabetically according to their citation in the text. The second grouping lists websites alphabetically by the web address.

Upcoming Events

Life After High School
Feb 14, 2017

K-5 Essential Skills in Economics
Mar 9, 2017
Registration closes: Mar 2, 2017

Fundamentals in Environmental Economics
April 4, 2017
Registration closes: Mar 14, 2017

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