Professional Development

EconomicsWisconsin and its academic partners from major universities offer a variety of professional development opportunities to assist teachers to  inform and educate students on economic concepts in a fun, interactive and thought-provoking way.   We strive to give teachers resources, activities and actionable strategies to use in the classroom.


Through the Council for Economic Education, we regularly offer thoughtful and useful webinars throughout the year for your professional development taught by experienced educators and university faculty to apply economics thinking to a variety of social studies subjects and expert personal finance education.   Watch them live or later on your own schedule.  See a listing of our upcoming webinars.

2020 Wisconsin Economics Educators Forum

We are excited to launch a new day of professional development and networking  for high school economics educators.  Join us February 26th for a highly engaging day featuring a discussion with Dr. Kris McDaniels on the new economics state standards, a career panel on future career paths for students interested in economics and new lesson plans and resources presented by Dr. Kris Bertlesen from the St. Louis Fed Econ Education.

Registration is $50.00 includes the day of training, continental breakfast and lunch.  Register Today!

Location: Ellenbeck Investments Education Center: N35 W23877, Highfield Ct Suite 200, Pewaukee, WI 53072 within Town Bank Building.

2020 Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies Conference

We are proud to partner with the St. Louis Federal Reserve to offer quality economics presentations on March 15-16 at WCSS2020: LOOKING FORWARD conference in Madison.  After the presentations, stop by our booth and see how we can assist you in teaching economics and personal finance with interactive competitions, resources and ongoing professional development.

  • Strategies for Integrating Economics into American History Courses: Economics has been the motivation and impact behind many moments in America’s history. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has written lesson plans using primary resources and active learning to engage students in learning about the economics behind our history. Students analyze economic data, role-play, and apply their knowledge to create economic models. Historical events such as the Great Depression, Hamilton’s National Bank, and The United States in WWII are three of the historical topics covered in this session to highlight the lessons written on each topic. Teachers will participate in a simulation of one of the lessons and receive free copies of all three.
  • Seas, Trees, and Economies: Economics and the Environment: This set of lessons for students grades 6-8 are written to actively engage students in understanding the relationship between our natural environment and the economy. The simulations in the lessons provide students with the tools they need to recognize fundamental trade- offs to explain how and why choices are made. Engaging the student in the learning process also provides them the experiences to help them discover why things happen as they do. Each lesson teaches fundamental economic concepts such as scarcity, resources, goods, services, opportunity cost, trade-offs, value, price, and incentives.

Diversify Your Teaching Portfolio with Resources from the St. Louis Fed: The St. Louis Federal Reserve has a dedicated team of educators that write free curriculum in economics and personal finance. The delivery of the economic or personal finance content is done in a variety of ways. Many of our resources tie in the economics and history (world and American) together. Some personal finance lessons are taught through story telling. Resources also include active learning simulations that bring the concepts to life. This presentation will provide a step by step guide to accessing our resources and how to use them in the classroom.

Annual Get Your Students Pumped Up for Personal Finance & Economics! 

We had a great conference in 2019 that included a visit from Packers President, Mark Murphy.  Looking forward to October, 2020!  Check out photos from the event!

Thank you to our Partners & Sponsors who supported our teachers through our annual conference!