As co-director of the Center for Economic Education at Virginia Tech, Cheryl works in partnership with Professor Mike Ellerbrock, the Center’s long-time director. Together, Cheryl and Mike are increasing the center’s visibility to surrounding school districts and growing the program by increasing the awareness of its resources and programs to educators.
Ph.D., Curriculum and Teaching, Economic Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2015
M.B.A., University of Lynchburg, 2001
B.S., Career and Technical Education, Business/Marketing, Virginia Tech, 1993
Cheryl has been a K-12 teacher educator for more than 20 years. She is especially passionate about equipping K-12 teachers with the economics, personal finance, and entrepreneurship knowledge and instructional practices needed to empower their students for productive and prosperous lives as adult citizens.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 2010 - present
- Online Entrepreneurship Institute for Educators (4 sections)
- Personal Finance Institute for Educators
- (In-person) Entrepreneurship Institute for Educators (2 sections)
- Economics Institute for Educators (2 sections)
- ECON 3004 Economics Institute for High School Teachers (2 sections)
Campbell University, Buies Creek and Raleigh, NC, 2018 - 2019
- Economics Institute for Educators (2 sections)
- ECON 200 Economic Way of Thinking
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, August 2011 - December 2013
- TED 360 Elementary Social Studies Methods
- TED 495 Middle Grades Capstone Seminar in Social Studies (co-instructor; 2 sections)
- TED 553 Teaching Practices and Curriculum in Secondary Social Studies (teaching assistant)
- TED 589 Economics for Educators (2 sections)
Virginia Tech, June - July 2010
- ECON 3004 Economics Institute for High School Teachers
Lynchburg College, January 2008
- FIN 150 Personal Finance
- ECON 600 Economics for K-12 Educators (2 sections)
- Co-Director, Center for Economic Education, Virginia Tech, October 2016 - Present
- Founder and Director, U.S. Economic Empowerment Project, January 2018 - Present
- Associate Director of Curriculum, George Mason University, Marginal Revolution University (MRU) Contract, Arlington, VA, June 2020 - May 2021
- Advanced Research Specialist, Center for the Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, February 2016 - March 2020
- University/College Supervisor of Student-Teachers, Lynchburg College, January 2016- April 2016
- Associate Director, Center for the Liberal Arts, University of Virginia, October 2015 - August 2016
- University/College Supervisor of Student-Teachers, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Januray 2011 - April 2014
- Director, Center for Economic Education, Lynchburg College, July 2000 - July 2010
- Career and Technical Education Teacher, Frederick County Public Schools, July 1994 - July 1999
Graduate Research Scholar Award, UNCG Graduate School, School of Education, 2015
Fellowship Award, College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies, National Technology Leadership Initiative, 2015
Graduate Dean's Award, UNCG Graduate School, 2015
Technology Research Paper Award (SITE/NTLI) from the College and University Faculty Assembly of the National Council for the Social Studies for the paper entitled, “Exploring TPCK in One-to-One High School Civics Classrooms” (co-authored with Wayne Journell and Melissa Walker Beeson), 2014
UNCG Graduate School, Summer Research Assistantship Award 2013
Outstanding Graduate Business Student Award, Lynchburg College, 2001
Referred Journal Articles
Ayers, C. A. (2019). Simulating economic activity in the classroom. In C. Wright-Maley (Ed.), More like life itself: Simulations as powerful and purposeful social studies (pp. 223-242). Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Ayers, C. A. (2017). Learning to crosswalk: Horizon content knowledge in economics. In S. G. Grant, J. Lee, & K. Swan (Eds.), Teaching social studies: A methods book for methods teachers (pp. 123-130). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.
Ayers, C. A. (2019). Teaching students to ‘think like economists’ as democratic citizenship preparation. Journal of Social Studies Research, 43(4), 405-419.
Ayers, C. A. (2018). A first step toward a practice-based theory of pedagogical content knowledge in secondary economics. Journal of Social Studies Research, 42, 61-79.
Ayers, C. A. (2016). Economic education in U.S. high schools: Empowering economically literate students for democratic citizenship. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, 4(2), 52-69.
Ayers, C. A. (2016). Developing preservice and inservice teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge in economics. Social Studies Research and Practice, 11(1), 73-92.
Journell, W., Beeson, M. W., & Ayers, C. A. (2015). Learning to think politically: Toward more complete disciplinary knowledge in civics and government courses. Theory and Research in Social Education, 43, 28-67.
Ayers, C. A. (2014). 21st Century technology integration in secondary social studies education: Three constructivist, technology-based practices. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, 2(1), 85-97.
Beeson, M. W., Journal, W., & Ayers, C. A. (2014). When using technology isn’t enough: A comparison of high school civics teachers’ TPCK in one-to-one laptop environments. The Journal of Social Studies Research, 38, 117-128.
Journell, W., Ayers, C. A., & Beeson, M. W. (2014). Tweeting in the classroom. Phi Delta Kappan, 95(5), 63-67.
Journell, W., Ayers, C. A., & Beeson, M. W. (2013). Joining the conversation: Twitter as a tool for student political engagement. The Educational Forum, 77(4), 466-480.
Ayers, C. A. (2012). Empowering all students with a secure economic and financial future: Multidisciplinary investment education in social studies curricula and beyond. Journal of Consumer Education, 29, 1-13.
Ayers, C. A. (in press). Learning to crosswalk: Horizon content knowledge in economics. In Teaching social studies: A methods book for methods teachers by S. G. Grant, J. Lee, & K. Swan (Eds.).
Ayers, C. A. (in progress). Economic education simulations. In More like life itself: Simulations as powerful and purposeful social studies by C. Wright-Maley (Ed.).
Ayers, C. A. (2012). 21st Century economic education. [Review of the book Teaching economics in troubled times: Theory and practice for secondary social studies by M. C. Schug & W. C. Wood (Eds.)]. Theory and Research in Social Education, 40(3), 328-334.