Economic education workshop serves teachers across the state

On Tuesday, the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business, School of Education, and College of Arts and Sciences hosted middle school educators as they learned new lessons and activities to teach standards-based social studies content. The workshop began as a partnership between Campbell and the North Carolina Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) meant to fulfill requirements set by state legislature in July 2019 — that students must receive a passing grade in an economics and personal finance course to graduate, and that teachers would need professional development in economics and personal finance curriculum. 
The free workshop gave 21 teachers a refresher and new information on government and economic systems, cost and benefits of trade, building wealth and the most high-demand jobs in the state. Open to all North Carolina teachers, the event offered a one hundred dollar stipend to attendees along with meals and door prizes. NCCEE Executive Director Sandy Wheat and Amber Thomas taught the workshop with support from the Admissions Office, the University Bookstore, Wiggins Memorial Library and the business school’s Center for Financial Literacy and Economic Education (CFLEE). By the end of the sessions, attending teachers had earned a certificate for seven hours of professional development, and received access to lesson plans and digital resources discussed during the event. 

Campbell’s CFLEE has hosted similar events in conjunction with NCCEE. Housed at the Business School, CFLEE helps deliver programs to K-12 schools and educators. The Center’s mission is to promote financial literacy and economic education in greater Harnett County and surrounding regions. Representing seven counties — Robeson, Wake, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston, Orange and Union — the teachers in attendance also received excellent exposure to Campbell programs and facilities that they will remember when advising students on where to go for higher education. 

“We were very excited to be chosen as one of the five sites statewide to host the workshop ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Jobs, Trade and Wealth, Oh My!’ for middle school teachers on our campus,” said liaison and business professor Shariar Mostashari. “This full day workshop provides teachers with a wealth of knowledge in economic and personal finance to share with their students in a classroom.”